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How To Organize Your Life With Trello

Trying to keep on top of things in life is sometimes daunting.  If you’re like me, I’ve tried a lot of different things over the years, but finally I have found something that works for me.  It’s called Trello and it’s a free web app and also has a really good iphone app for free too.

how to organize life and keep organized

Before I get into Trello, I wanted to share a little bit about my philosophy of use and then also a break down of other things I’ve tried over the years.

Applying a philosophy of use to productivity tools

A tool is only as good as the skill of the user.  The truth is that most tools work really well, it’s when you bring a human in the mix that things go awry.  We have a plethora of tools at our disposal, what we need to do is bring in a way of thinking on how we use them and form habits around them.

Start with your goals

know where you want to go

The biggest thing I see people failing on is not having goes.  If we don’t know where we are going, how can we figure out which direction to even go?  How can we validate that the things we do are even the right things?  What if we are doing things that are actually working against us!?

Take big goals and break them down to bite sized pieces

When you are setting out on a ambitious journey it’s very helpful to think about the first step you need to take.  If you focus too much on the entire goal it can be overwhelming, it can seem impossible, but when we break it down into smaller parts, we then realize all we have to do is this one thing today.

Understand you can only work on a few things at any given time

focus on one thing at a time

In many cases it’s better to focus on one thing at a time, tackle that head-on.  I will often work on a few things at once because there is often time when I’m waiting on someone else (email response, contractor to finish work, etc).  Have a select few things means I can work until I have to stop, then transition to work on that other thing.

Understand you’ll get to the other things later

This is something many people struggle with a lot.  I see it time and time again.  When you set your goal, you must understand that trying to do all of them at once will get you nowhere.  Like I said above, focus on 2 or 3 things at once and put the rest to the side.  This is where people falter; putting things aside for now, isn’t the same as putting them aside forever.  We need to get over the emotions that

The Tiny Life guide to using Trello to manage your life

 

Your Turn!

  • What do you use to organize your life?
  • What tricks work for you?

Common Tiny House Questions

When you’re thinking about building a tiny house, there are a lot of questions you need to answer: Which trailer should I buy? What windows are right for me?  How does everything go together?

house-questionsThe truth is you can build almost any tiny house you can dream of and the decisions aren’t that difficult once you understand how it all goes together.  Every day I get dozens of people reaching out with a variety of questions, most often those questions demonstrate one thing: they don’t see the full picture of how the house comes together.

Once you have that foundational understanding of building a tiny house, you begin to see how design and construction interact; it brings clarity to your decisions, gives you confidence and you can evaluate options with ease.

That was my goal when I wrote How To Build A Tiny House.  I wanted to give people a solid understanding of the building process and then provide focused information on how to make the big decisions.  I cover, in depth, things like:

  • How to choose a trailer & should I buy new/used?
  • What appliances are the best option for you?
  • What is the best way to anchor to a trailer?
  • Which insulation is the right choice for me?
  • How do I wire a tiny house?
  • Screws or nails, what do I use and when?
  • Where can I save money on my build?
  • What tools do I really need to buy?

 

So our new book gives you both the important information on major decisions and background knowledge to really understand the WHY behind each decision.  Once you understand the WHY, your build will be more successful, save money in key places and ensure that your house is both safe and beautiful.

Learn More:  How To Build A Tiny House
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How To Build A Tiny House – Guide Book

Today I have exciting news!  Over the past few years I’ve had people ask for a book that teaches you how to actually build a tiny house, not just a bunch of posts or websites, but one book.  A single book that takes the first time tiny home builder from beginning to end, doing a deep dive on the entire process.

how-to-build-softcoverThe truth is I’ve written a lot here on the blog, all free, but there needed to be a single resource where people could learn how to build a tiny house in an easy to read format, designed to be simple, where I could get into the nitty gritty details of the whole process. That’s what I wanted to do with my new book  How To Build A Tiny House.

This book is for those who want to build a tiny house or small home, but don’t know where to start.  I wrote this book for the absolute beginner, starting with the basics and then explaining the build process step by step.   I talk you through the tools, the materials, how to make the big decisions and avoid huge mistakes.

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This is a 246 page guide gives you step by step instructions on how to build your own tiny house using any set of plans or your own design. I give you the background knowledge to expertly navigate the building process with confidence, avoid common mistakes, and answer your questions at every step.

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Planning To Go Tiny
Ready To Build

Learn what questions to ask, how your design will become a reality and avoid costly mistakes.  Understanding how to build means a better design when you make the leap to living tiny.
You’re ready to start or already have, make sure you don’t miss a step and fully understand each part along the way.  There are a ton of decisions and you need to understand how it all comes together.

Check It Out Here

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What Does The Book Cover?

The book starts with the basics; teaching you the foundational knowledge that most experienced builders would consider common knowledge.  In this section we cover things like introduction to design, talks about the core tools you’ll need to build, and then breaks down the different materials that go into a house.  After you understand the basics, we walk you through each of main systems: trailer or foundation, floor, walls, roof.  We delve into the specifics of framing, anchoring, windows, doors, roofing, and siding; giving you step by step instructions with tips all along the way.

Is this book based on certain plans?

Nope! This book is designed to teach you the concepts that can be applied to any plans.  You can purchase someone’s plans or design your own, these plans will teach you how to build from any plans.

Does this come in a digital or print version?

You can purchase either or a bundle with both.  The print edition price includes shipping in the US only.

Check out How To Build A Tiny House, The complete guide
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What 15 Tiny House Experts Would Change About Their Tiny Houses

I sat down with the top tiny house experts to ask them a bunch of questions, today I am sharing their responses to the question: “If you could go back and change one thing about your tiny house, what would it be?”  The folks in this post have built tiny houses, live in tiny houses and teach folks from all over the world about tiny houses, so we are lucky to be able to tap into their brains on these questions.

kristie-wolfe

I wish I would have bought land originally and built on a foundation instead of converting it a year later.

steven-harrell

I would make it even smaller. I currently live in a 590 square feet home and I see lots of opportunity to reduce space throughout the home.

alek-lisefski

Now that I’m in Texas with a hotter climate than I ever anticipated living in, I could really use a nice mini-split system instead of the window AC unit I am currently using.

ryan-mitchell

I would go from an 18 foot trailer to a 20 foot trailer. I think the extra length would be a real sweet spot for me.

andrew-odom

I could have made a more interesting and more useful house if I had explored a rising roof, dormers, or even a shed roof.

dan-and-jess-sullivan

The kitchen cabinets! We approached them the same way we approached building the shell of the house, which is overkill! We were facing a time crunch and didn’t take the time to review some basic cabinetry tutorials.

deek-diedricksen

I often wonder what a newer, better insulated, better laid-out, design would be like to live in. I wanted to be “Green” by saving an existing “beater” of a house though, and don’t really have any regrets.

ella-jenkins

I would use better quality windows. In my climate, aluminum windows are a mistake. I would use wood or aluminum clad in a do over. I would also vent my roof.

ethan-waldman

I’d incorporate a compact staircase with storage built in rather than a ladder.

gabirella-morrisson

Now that both of our teenage kids are living on our land with us full time, a larger dining room table would be great.

jenna-spesard

Choose a design with a full porch! I wish I had a covered place to sit outside with my coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night.

laura-lavoie

I might raise the roof line (we’re on a foundation) or do bump-outs to have windows in the loft walls.

macy-miller

Anything I wanted to change I have, it’s a flexible thing. I suppose one thing that is harder to change is my window to wall ratio, I don’t really have room to hang a picture.

vina-lustado

I would make the horizontal window by the stove operable.  In retrospect, I would have been able to make it work with an awning window.

kent-griswold

I would try to have all the money saved to get the all the projects done before moving in. It is more fun to save then to pay off the debt after the fact.

 

A very special thanks to the folks who participated:

Your Turn!

  • What would you change about your tiny house?
  • What tips have you learned from others?

10 Posts Every Tiny House Person Should Read

Over the years I’ve written a lot about tiny house, over 1,000 posts in fact. I thought it would be good to share some of the best posts for you today.  These are our most popular “how to” posts from over the years

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1. Welcome To The Tiny Life

Ryan’s tiny house FAQ

2. Tiny House Plans Review page

Helping you choose the best tiny house for you

3. Setting Up Your Land For A Tiny House

All the things that you need to think about

4. Solar For A Tiny House

How I live 100% off the grid with solar power in a tiny house

5. Moving A Tiny House

My experience moving my tiny house for the first time

6. Tiny House Building Checklist

A master checklist of every building step

7. Tiny Houses For Families

A run down on options for families wanting to go tiny

8. Top 5 barriers To Tiny Houses

Also includes solutions

9. What Do We Really Need?

A post that asks the important questions

10. Three Tips To Finding Land

How to find land for a tiny house

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