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Gifts And Living The Tiny Life

With the holiday season upon us, people get very wrapped up in the need to buy presents.   Even though I don’t need things and for the most part I don’t want for much, it’s hardwired into their brains that they have to give me something.  So today I wanted to share some of the things you can do when it comes to the gift giving season.

I think the first thing to do is long before the holiday season, share with those who might give you gifts that your lifestyle and priorities have shifted to have fewer items.  You can frame this in the context of environmentalism, reduced-consumerism, simple living, minimalism; however you do this, people are going to be curious why, so be prepared to have a conversation.  It’s important for them to understand that there is a greater purpose and/or goal behind your request, this helps gain buy in.  Now we Tiny House folks often can’t shut up about our dream Tiny House, so this isn’t usually an issue.

Next thing to do is consider the things that you really do need throughout the year, then consider if you could hold off getting it now and instead suggest it as a gift for the holidays.  A great example in my own life is work shirts.  I wear polo’s to work, but I only have 4 (I only go into an office 3 days a week), so they wear out with more frequent washings.    I was about to retire my polo’s when I realized it was getting close to the holidays and I decided to wait and ask for new shirts.

So where possible try to time things so things that you truly do need, but what about beyond that?  Being that I don’t need a whole lot, I find that there more people to exchange gifts with than I have needs.  This is where I ask for experiences or consumables.

The great thing about these two things is that they don’t take up space (or not for long).  Experiences can be having them take you out to dinner, go see a movie, a weekend vacation, go on some adventure with them, have them cook you a meal and enjoy it together.  The experience will be something that you both will value so much more than anything you can buy at the store.

The second thing is consumables.  There are items like foods, drinks, candy, etc. that you can use, but they aren’t going to have to be stored forever.  If you want to take it a step further, ask them to take into consideration the packaging of the item.

Great examples of consumables are baked goods.  If they are a wine or beer drinker, consider wine/beer of the month clubs.  If they are meat eaters some mail order steaks; for the vegetarians/vegans/raw folks consider local vendors that prepare meals to go that align with their food preferences.   Buying someone a share in a CSA (community supported agriculture).  A great place to start is with your local farmers market.

So those are just a few tips on how you might bring in the New Year and handle the gift giving season while still balancing it with living The Tiny Life.

Your Turn!

How to do you talk with other about reducing your possessions during the holiday season?

Welcome Andrea Tremols!

Over the past few years The Tiny Life has grown to have so many awesome readers, we are continually floored at the number of people who are making the change to living life tiny, even if we aren’t all living in Tiny Houses… Yet.  When I started this blog I wanted it to be a resource to Tiny House people everywhere.  A way to connect, share info, help the movement and share the dream!

So today I hope you join me in welcoming Andrea Tremols, our new writer here at The Tiny Life!  Andrea lives in Charleston, SC in her Tiny House which she calls: “La Casita”.  She built her Tiny House with her fiancee last year using reclaimed lumber.  Inspired by the small dwellings she inhabited during her time as a volunteer on organic farms, she hopes to continue discovering what the tiny lifestyle has in store for her. I was excited to meet Andrea at a Tiny House Workshop where she presented on her Tiny House, she has been living in it since then in Charleston.

So I am excited to bring aboard Andrea because not only has she built a Tiny House, she also lives in one.  Along with other interesting life experiences I think she will bring a lot to this blog for you all!

Ideas For Our Frequently Asked Questions Section

So a while back I did a overhaul of the website for The Tiny Life and gradually I am starting to build out the content in the various sections.  It has been a bit slow going because in addition to blogging for you all, I am building my house, plus hiring our first staff person (more to come soon).

I got to the section of my website where I wanted to catalog the most Frequently Asked Questions about Tiny Houses and Tiny Living.  I took a stab at it, but then it occurred to me that my awesome readers would have some good ideas for questions and answers.

What are some questions that you think most people just discovering Tiny Houses want to know or should know?

Questions can also be around simple living, off the grid living, sustainable housing, etc.

 

New Look For The Tiny Life

Over three years ago I started The Tiny Life and I had no idea where it would take me, but today I am excited to see how much we have grown thanks to my awesome readers!  When I first started this website, I just threw it together the best I could, but it was time to revisit the look of The Tiny Life’s website.  As you most likely noticed the website looks a lot different and we now have a nice logo and some new functionality to the website while still keeping things simple.  So thanks for your support over the years and here is to many more!

-Ryan

The Tiny Life Is 3 Years Old!

I don’t know where the time went but The Tiny Life is 3 years old today, it’s been a great journey.  With millions of readers in 160 countries, we have reached a lot of people to share our love of Tiny Houses and so much more.  I thought today I would share The Tiny Life’s most popular posts so far and am looking forward to many more to come!

 

What Is The Tiny House Movement

It Only Yurts When  I Laugh

New York Tiny Apartments

Living In A Shed

10 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Tiny Space

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