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The basics of water purification while off the grid

<i>Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by our friends at OFFGRIDweb.com. Check out their web site for more survival-related tips.</i><p>Whether …

Water

The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

What do you get when you cross a solar-powered LED lantern with a foldable pop-up box? The Solarpuff, that’s what! Created by the good people at …

Electricity

One of the world's most innovative architects just released these free designs for affordable homes

In January, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won a Pritzker Prize, architecture's equivalent to the Nobel Prize, for his commitment to designing …

Housing

Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500

This Petite Cottage Will Totally Sell You On Downsizing

Most Popular<p>Creative Cottages<p>If there was ever a place that proved that small-space living doesn't need to feel like a sacrifice, it's the "Oceanside …

A Versatile Workhorse: Ideas for Using the $40 Molger Bench All Around the House

If your furniture isn't going to be beautiful, it should at least be versatile. Case in point: IKEA's Molger bench. It's not ugly by any means, but a …

IKEA

Designing for Small Kitchens: Collapsibles

When I'm working with clients who have small kitchens, it's always a challenge to find places to store large utensils—so I appreciate it when …

Design

Space-saving secrets weapons for your small home

Unless you live in a 10 room mansion, space will always be an issue in your life. The need to acquire more legroom has spawned numerous …

Buying a Tiny House Is a Really Bad Idea, Says This Finance Expert

This pro says you should spend your money more wisely. ​<p>For some people, when they think 'dream home,' they automatically think 'tiny house.' If you're looking to downsize, a tiny house is charming, practical, and affordable, making purchasing one a no-brainer...or so we thought.<p>Finance expert Dave …

Houses

Daybeds: The Glorious Piece of Furniture You Should Be Using

I like to compare the humble daybed to the nerdy kid in school that followed you around relentlessly, but you brushed off constantly; that same kid …

Furniture

Extremely Tiny Woodstoves

Cubic-foot heat<p>The need: a very tiny woodstove suitable for a small space in a home. I received many suggestions after posting an inquiry here last …

Small Space Solutions: 7 Spots to Add a Little Extra Storage

You may think you've maxed out the storage potential of your small apartment — but there may be some spots you aren't considering. Here are seven …

Small Space Design

Ori Robotic Furniture

Whether you're looking to use your space more creatively, or just get the most out of your studio apartment, Ori Robotic Furniture is a great …

Furniture

Entryways Without Closets: DIY Storage Projects + Ideas

(Image credit: Salt Bush Avenue)<p>The closet by my front door is overflowing with jackets, raincoats, and accessories. It's packed so tight, I can't …

Storage Ideas

Redirecting...

Six helpful ways to declutter your home

Melissa PenfoldHomelife.com.au<p><b>GOOD organisation is invisible. Mess stares you in the face.</b><p>If things have a proper home they are more likely to be put …

Australian News

Modular homes and minimalism reflect changing social systems and are compatible with IOT

<b>Summary:</b> The argument for Modular Homes is more than convincing. Since the beginning urban infrastructure has been a nightmare to re-organize. Houses …

Wikkelhouse - Modular Microhome Made of Cardboard - Quiet Corner

At first glance, cardboard doesn't seem like a suitable material for building. Yet, we have seen it done, either by award-winning architects using …

Architecture

8 Ways to Declutter Your Life

If you have ever taken the time to realize how cluttered your life is with work, school, finances and entertainment that doesn’t leave much time for …

Productivity

12 Tiny Changes You Can Make Today to Start Streamlining Your Life

Do your stress levels directly correlate to the length of your to-do list? When you have an overflowing inbox and a plethora of professional and personal responsibilities, it can be difficult to accomplish every task. But guess what: There are tons of ways to hack your day and make your life a …

Productivity

25 Things To Get Rid Of In 2016

The real cleansing starts now.​<p>Less stuff means more happiness, according to LifeEdited founder Graham Hill. And apparently, interior designers agree.<p>We reached out to a handful of home experts, including Sara Story, Robert Couturier, Jeremiah Goodman, Nick Olsen, and David Rockwell, among others, …

Selfies

11 Reasons Van Life Should be in Your Future

by Austin Campbell March 08, 2016<p>Living in a Van Down By The River is Actually Awesome<p>If you're a fan of SNL you probably remember Chris Farley's …

Comedians

Kind Living: Tiny Houses Take Over the World

Learn more about the tiny home movement!

Houses

This Mies-Inspired Modern Home Was Built DIY for $150K

Meet the Blakboxhaus, a steel-clad modernist home in Central Illinois built on a budget<p>When film producer Helga Richter and her husband John …

DIY

Comment on North America’s first fully prefabricated passive houses could revolutionize the housing market by Will Stewart

Looks interesting, but leaves so much real engineering up to consumers who don’t know how to model the performance that various choices would affect. …

Prefab Homes

How to Declutter Your Home, 20-Minutes at a Time

We all know the old saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – and the same principle can be applied if you want to …

8 refreshing insights about money and happiness from people who 'live tiny'

"Living tiny" — whether in a van, houseboat, or 98-square-foot home on wheels — can save a lot on housing.<p>But a compact, minimalist lifestyle offers more than just substantial savings.<p>Here are a handful of refreshing insights about money, happiness, and life from van dwellers, tiny-home owners, and …

Money

True stories of life off the grid

<b>(CNN) —</b> Well, it's that time again. Every four years, like clockwork, the big talk pronouncements begin: the promises soon to be left unfulfilled, the bellicose hype that months from now will be long gone and gladly forgotten. All the chest-thumping and jingoism that we are seeing right now will …

Self-sufficiency

A minimalist shares 17 tips for decluttering your life

What would it take to get your life decluttered and organized?<p>That might be a tall order for many of us, but the truth is, we could do it in bursts and spurts, using a handful of easy-to-follow rules.<p>The other day I wrote about the idea of setting rules instead of goals ... today I want to share a …

Personal Organizing