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6 Tips for Living in Small Spaces

Having lived in small spaces all of my life, I feel that I’ve learned a few things about how to live in them well. Some may seem counterintuitive …

The case for fewer—but better—clothes

From the 1900s to 1950s, American consumers spent approximately 12-14% of their annual income on clothing. Today, we spend about 3%. But our closets are actually bigger. The average American house has doubled in size since the 1950s and closet space has increased, too, particularly with the advent …


7 Ways to Simplify

Terri Cole | April 18, 2014 | Inspiring, Living, Working

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius

We have all read …


Real Life On A Budget: Alison's Money Saving Tips & Ideas

I wish I could say I bring home the big bucks as a writer, but I don't. Our family of four has a budget, it's tight, and we have to stick to it. In …


100+ Tips for Frugal Living: How to Get Thrifty and Save Money

You might have financial goals at this point in your life. Or, you might not. But here’s the good news: it’s completely possible to save money and …


Take the 30-Day Declutter Challenge

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The start of my 30-day purge was a zero-sum day. To be sure, I got rid of one item, as per the …

Thrift Shops

Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings

THE amount of goods a couple can accumulate over 44 years living in the same house can be overwhelming. And that is what Wendel and Carolyn Thompson, of Columbia, Md., have been grappling with since January as they prepare to leave their split level and move to a retirement community this …

16 Things to Let Go to Live a Truly Happy Life

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~Jim Rohn

Sometimes I feel like I’ve spent the …


23 Surprisingly Gorgeous Homes Made From Shipping Containers

Because shipping containers are like Legos for adults.

This is a shipping container. It’s used to transport large amounts of goods on boats and on trains. By itself, it’s pretty boring.

But with a little imagination, the shipping container becomes a cheap, reliable building block that can be used to …


Living With Less. A Lot Less.

I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don’t have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 …

37 Things In Your Home To Get Rid Of Right Now

A few of us made resolutions this year to finally get our homes nicely organized so we can finally have people over without being ashamed. Like every other resolution, this one was doomed from the start. If you're an adorably disorganized type, it can be very difficult to change one's …

Personal Organizing

Peek Inside America's First Tiny House Hotel

Resembling connected train cars, the tiny houses form a small half-circle, in the middle of which is a gathering space where guests can hang out …


Minimalism, Nomadism, Frugality and Being Cheap

I just want to have a post that is clear on what being a minimalist is and isn’t and what the other categories are. I […]


Flowchart: Should I Buy This?

I used to pride myself on two things: scoring really great bargains, and giving really great gifts. But this summer, something snapped. Preparing for …


Too much stuff: We collect it all our lives, and then what?

THE PALE YELLOW chair sliding down the scratched steel bed of the Goodwill tractor trailer lands with a thud atop the fractured remains of a cheap …

Is Tiny Home Life For You? This Quiz Can Answer That.

Living tiny is a novelty for some. For others, it's a legitimate way of life. And then there are the rest of us who aren't entirely certain which tiny house style suits us best, if at all.

"Free" shopping site Yerdle would like to help determine if tiny home-living is for us. The company built a …

Tiny House Movement

A Journey To Minimalism: How This Woman Downsized From A 2-BR Condo To 1 Room

M. Terry Bowman worked hard to buy her Bay Area two-bedroom condo. But she decided to live "a teenage lifestyle" after living abroad.


5 Things I Learned From Living In 90 Square Feet

Could you live in an apartment that was only 90 square feet? What if it meant paying less than $1,000 a month in rent for a studio in the West Village, one of New York City's most expensive neighborhoods?

Mary Helen Rowell has called this humble, 78-inch-wide abode home for two years now, and has …

The 2015 Simple Living Handbooks

We might be closing in on the end of February (when did that happen?) but it’s never too late to think about what you want your year to be. If you …

Simple Living

The Cheapest Generation

Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy

In 2009, Ford brought its new supermini, the Fiesta, over from Europe in a brave attempt to attract the attention of young Americans. It passed out 100 of the cars to influential bloggers for a free six-month …


The reason you’re not happy (and how to fix it)

If only [blank], I would be truly happy.

We’ve all uttered that phrase at one point during our lives, right?

Whether we were kids hoping for that one Christmas present we really wanted or adults in search of that next promotion, we’re constantly in pursuit of that one thing that will make us …


Simple Living: Finding A Place For Everything

Do you have a place for everything in your home? Does everything make it's way back to it's "home" in a relatively timely manner? Or does the thought …

Simple Living

Why living in small spaces is making people happier

Intentionally small home: urban living in North Carolina 4:06

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Nicole Alvarez grew up in a typical American suburban neighborhood: spacious …

Sustainable Design

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

• Author: John C. Bogle

“There are a few investment managers, of course, who are very good – though in the short run, it’s difficult to determine whether a great record is due to luck or talent. Most advisors, however, are far better at generating high fees than they are at generating high returns. In …

How to Turn Your Life Around

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -- Anais Nin

I had a hard time beginning this blog yesterday because, frankly, I was in a bit of a slump. I blame it on the endless left brain edits I had to make after the completion of a …


Hunter S. Thompson, Existentialist Life Coach, Gives Tips for Finding Meaning in Life

View image | gettyimages.comAt first blush, Hunter S. Thompson might be the last person you would want to ask for advice. After all, his daily …

Now Any Entrepreneur Can Use This Asset Protection Strategy Of The Rich

What do you think of when I say “Cayman Islands”? Besides the white sandy beaches, most people envision tax shelters for the rich. But truthfully the tax benefits aren’t as wild as you might think–money going in to the Cayman Islands was already taxed, and will be taxed again if you ever want to …


How to Be Richer in Retirement Without Saving More Money

Would you rather lose 15 pounds or have your 401(k) balance rise 15 percent this year? Most people chose the latter in a recent nationwide survey of …