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Five Easy Minimalist Habits That Will Make Your Life Better

There are many things in this world that are competing for our attention.  We are bombarded with ads, over extended in our work duties, and have too much going on in our lives.  So today I thought I’d share 5 simple habits or tricks that can make life much better.

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Turn Off Notifications On Your Phone

This was a big one for me.  Every time I looked at my phone there were little red badges all over the screen saying “look at me! You have things left undone!” It wasn’t healthy and when I considered it, it was actually getting me closer to my goals in life.  I’ve come to realize that email is a convenient way to organize other people’s priorities, not your own.  Every phone is different, but you can switch them off; then I began telling my friends, if you need to get in touch right away, call me.  My phone should work for me in the way I want it to, not to better server others.

Don’t check email or socials before bed or first thing in the morning

This was a tough one for me.  For my job, I have to monitor over 15 social media channels and it’s daunting.  Worse, spammers are always posting on my sites and pages because of the reach I’ve built, so it’s a constant war.  I have been tempted to remove my phone from the bedroom all together.

Cancel one thing on your calendar this week and do nothing!

We always overbook, we are always over stressed, and there will never be enough time in the day.  Look through your calendar and choose one thing and cancel it.  Take that time to just chill out, read a book, go get a coffee, or go for a walk.

If you see something you want in the store, wait.

If you’re going through a store and see something that interests you, instead of buying it right then, wait until you’re in that store next time.  More often than not I find that next time I see it in the store my desire for it will have disappeared or I will have forgotten about it all together.  If it’s really important to you or you truly do love it, what is the likelihood of you forgetting it?

Flip your hangers

Go into your closet and hang your hangers all in one direction, preferably in the direction that is most awkward to unhook.  Once you do that, you’ll be able to tell what things you actually wear and what you don’t.  Go through a summer, winter and fall, then look what you haven’t touched in a year; those items will be a prime candidate for you donating them.

Your Turn!

  • What has been your easy habits that help you live a simpler life?

Happy Thanksgiving from The Tiny Life

The_Tiny_Life_ThanksgivingIt’s Thanksgiving once again, and we wanted to wish a happy holiday from us here at The Tiny Life to those who celebrate. How can you celebrate the tiny way?

  • Tell your loved ones how grateful you are that they are in your life, and what it is about them that you’re thankful for.
  • Avoid the Black Friday crowds if you can! Put the money you’d otherwise spend tomorrow toward a goal (your future tiny house, perhaps), or spend it on a fun adventure with family and friends.
  • Donate to one of your favorite charities to show them how much you appreciate the work they do.
  • Put down the phone and enjoy a face to face conversation with someone.
  • Start a daily gratitude journal – write down three things you’re thankful for every day.
  • Take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come toward reaching your goals, rather than constantly focusing on how much needs to be done.

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu

Your turn!

  • What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?
  • How are you planning to spend the holiday?

5 Gifts For Tiny Housers

Out of all the things that come up with tiny houses, the holidays might be the trickiest for tiny house folks. Even after years of living tiny, people around me still feel the need to give gifts. While it isn’t necessary, I appreciate gifts much more because people really have to think of creative ideas for gifts that won’t take up space in my tiny house.

Today I wanted to share my top 5 gift ideas for tiny house folks.

If you are having trouble telling people what you want for the holidays, try sending them this post so they can get some ideas!

1. Experiences:

This is my absolute favorite gift to give and receive because it means that I can do something fun with that person that I care about. It could be a dinner out, tickets to an event or some other adventure. I try to think of things that the person likes and often get two so that not only is it an awesome experience, but we can experience it together.

Gift idea: Buy a ticket to the Tiny House Conference

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2. Consumables

Next up is things that people can eat or use up; they’re things that after a certain amount of use are gone. A perfect example of this is food items. We are all busy and most of us like food, so making something or buying something that person likes is a great gift. Think of things that are difficult to make or are a nice indulgence. Other things besides food could be candles, eco-friendly bath products, or firewood.

Gift Idea: a subscription to a CSA (community supported agriculture).

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3. Help them pursue a dream

For those we care about, we want to see them succeed. Find out some goals the person is working towards. Learning about what is on a person’s bucket list is a great way to get ideas for what you can help them achieve. If people ask you for what you want, you can think of things that will help you achieve your own goals. If someone’s goal is to build a tiny house, get a copy of their plans made up, get that resource they’ve been eyeing or pick up a good book on the topic.

Gift idea:  Tiny House Living By: Ryan Mitchell – #1 selling tiny house book

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4. Something you’re already going to buy anyway.

I do this a lot, since I don’t really need much, and I don’t buy much either. So when something comes up that I need to replace it or buy something new, I hold off and suggest it as a gift when others ask. For example, I am in need of new shoes, have been for a month or so, but I’ve been holding off. This way those who must have to give me a gift can and its something that I really need in order to replace a worn-out item.

Gift Idea: Shoes, socks, tires, etc.

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5. Digital or non-tangible items.

Sometimes there are gifts that take up no space at all and can be used later on. I’m thinking of gift cards, vouchers and digital downloads. A gift card to your favorite restaurant takes up next to no space, but is a great way for you to still give or receive things when you are living tiny. Other things could be iTunes music, Netflix, Amazon Prime, movies, or Kindle books.

Gift Idea: Cracking The Code – Guide to building codes and zoning for tiny houses!

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Your Turn!

  • What are some of your favorite small-space gift ideas?

The Hatch Cabin

This cozy cabin just reminds me of mountain vacation homes, with a simple appointments and a comfy rustic feel, sounds like a great place to get away!  This is actually a rental across the pond in Worcestershire.  Here is what their owner had to say about the house:

The Hatch Cabin is as eclectic as the Hatch is as a whole. Creatively and colorfully decorated by Ben and Nada with art, quirky objects, fabrics, rugs, big comfy bean bags and cushions for afternoon lounging, the odd musical instrument and fresh flowers from the garden, it’s a cozy and homely space. Perfect for a group of friends, for a family happy to just hang out, or even as a romantic retreat.

It’s all quite informal: the four bunks, double futon and all sorts of other sleeping scenarios make for a flexible escape – as one would expect at The Hatch. Even though it’s relatively close to the main house, it feels very private and peaceful. The views from its own little garden in the meadow are lovely. You’ll see tiny marsh tits in the morning, woodpeckers almost every day and owls in the evening.

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Tiny House Living: Security and Simplicity?

After Ryan’s post earlier this week, I got to thinking about sense of security. Living in a tiny house definitely decreases dependence on money but living the tiny life does not necessarily mean a life free of worries.

happinessBefore jumping in, I have to say that the completion of La Casita came at a time of great upheaval in the lives of my fiancee and I. Our rental had been foreclosed on, the bank had kicked us out, the tiny house was 3/4 done and we were essentially homeless. Luckily I had family in the greater Charleston area that took us in but it was a harsh reality for a couple of months. Since moving in to our house, life has been easier in terms of money but in terms of legal shelter there have been distinct challenges.

I guess my first question for someone thinking about a tiny house would be:zoning do you mind living in an illegal situation according to most zoning codes? If this doesn’t bother you then my second question would be: does possibly not having a home address, which can make acquiring a driver’s license, a post office box or your citizenship difficult, concern you?

These are some of the realities we’ve faced living in a tiny house. Without a home address, it is very difficult to get our driver’s licenses in Vermont. Without a home address my fiance can’t start his citizenship application and in Charleston I couldn’t get a po box without a street address. Not everyone has this issue when it comes to tiny living but it has been a constant for us since moving in to La Casita and I never considered this would be one of the issues I would face.

Having just moved to a new community in Vermont, we’re slowly meeting folks and people are incredibly nice and open to what we are doing but we’ve already had a town official contact us about living in the house and its questionable legality. In a town of 3800 people, it’s not going to take long for us to be noticed. In a city of 100,000 it was much easier to hide from zone enforcement although they would roll by in their truck about once a month. They never stopped and asked questions but the possibility was there and we knew it. La Casita was a “temporary studio space”  to anyone official who asked but it was fairly obvious we were living in it. Luckily, we planted it in the ghetto where cops and officials were more worried about busting drug dealing than some illegal zoning issue. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that neighborhood and living there was wonderful. We had great neighbors and no one ever messed with us but if we had parked anywhere else in the historic district of downtown Charleston, I’m certain we would have been forced to move.

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