Tiny houses are perfect multi-purpose dwellings.
They’re incredibly popular and, although most people think of them as just tiny houses, I know a writer who has one in the family’s back yard and it’s her writing studio.
The average size of a tiny house is 500 to 700 square feet which is about the size of a studio apartment but many of them are much smaller and still meet their owners’ needs.
A tiny house could be a lake home, a guest cottage or a yoga studio. They’ve even been constructed for businesses as retail kiosks.
Here’s how a family in Massachusetts built an amazing backyard building on their $10,000 budget! It’s amazing.
A backyard building on a budget
This is a beautiful backyard addition to their home. It even has an outdoor shower.
And that’s just one great idea…read on for more inspiration. Continue reading
Lodden Weathered Wood scrollwork Wall Mirror
Why You Should Use Mirrors in Small Spaces
Regardless of the size of the room, light is an important element in home decor. Light enhances the furnishings and the colors in the room.
Natural light is ideal but sometimes it’s lacking in a space so including mirrors in room design is a favorite choice by many interior designers.
Mirrors and Light
Two New Year’s Resolutions
Vowing to become a healthier person is one of my resolutions for 2019. I make that resolution every year and every year it eventually falls by the wayside. This year I intend to keep it and hopefully, this post will keep me accountable. Maybe.
My second resolution (Plan B, maybe?) is to get a grip on the clutter in my house. I’ve downsized twice in the past few years and for some reason, I end up with more “things” than I need. I don’t know how that happens but it does.
So I’ve been researching ways to declutter and stay decluttered. I’ve zeroed in on four good suggestions about how to go about this without burning out.
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits says that clutter is actually procrastination. That makes sense! We procrastinate clearing clutter and before you know it we’re at a breaking point.
Which is why you’re here!
1. The 80/20 Rule
This isn’t typically a decluttering rule.
Here’s the thing about Etsy. On the website, there’s this definition:
Etsy is a global online marketplace, where people come together to make, sell, buy, and collect unique items.
There’s no Etsy warehouse – just millions of people selling the things they love. We make the whole process easy, helping you connect directly with makers to find something extraordinary.
So it’s a great place to buy gifts because there’s a better than even chance there won’t be duplicates. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for the home or jewelry, clothing, things for pets, artwork, you’ll find just the right gift.
Etsy’s Holiday Gift Guide has hundreds of unique ideas for gifts and you won’t have to pay a fortune, either. Gifts for Him, for Her, for Kids, for Pets, and for Home and Garden.
A Few Suggestions
I’ve found a few examples for you, all under $40. Continue reading
Saving Money in the Kitchen – 6 Simple Tips
Photo by hue12 photography on Unsplash
I’ve been thinking about some of the little ways I’m saving energy and there are several items that I use that have become second nature.
Living in a small space is an added incentive. That’s it. Nothing too expensive or fancy involved. Just plain old common sense tools. If it was good enough for Grandma, it’s good enough for me. What do you think?
Money-saving Tip #1
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Renting rather than buying your home presents a new challenge. How do you personalize your small space while keeping within the terms of your rental agreement?
The primary challenge for living large in a small space is how to create a warm and inviting home while finding the best use for every square inch without creating clutter.
That’s quite a challenge in itself. But it’s not impossible. It’s totally doable.
What are the rules for using color in small spaces?
There really are no rules, but there are a few guidelines that will help when deciding what colors to paint the walls or to use in your furniture or accessories.
We’re taught that dark or warm colors will make the space appear smaller and light or cool colors will visually expand the space. But that’s not necessarily so!
Use Color to Create a Focal Point
Small Space Challenges and How to Deal With Them
There’s an interior designer from Boston, MA named Gary McBournie and this is what he says about small spaces:
“I prefer living in a small house. It just puts its arms around you and makes you feel at home.”
That’s a lovely sentiment and it’s exactly how I feel in spite of the challenges that are part of small space living.
I do know something about the challenge of small spaces.
9 Tips to Maximize Bedroom Storage
One of the biggest challenges is the bedroom, especially if it’s small. Two people sharing the room presents an even greater dilemma.
- Sort through the clothing or items that belong in the closet or cupboard and eliminate what you haven’t used in the past few months. Do you really need that piece of clothing or pair of shoes?
- Purchase a closet organizer to replace the single pole that is typically installed in the space. There are so many styles and price ranges to choose from that you’re sure to find just the right system for your purpose.
- Another idea for out of season clothing is to use vacuum sealed space bags. The downside to that is that you’ll likely need to press everything when you remove the clothing from the bags!
- Put clear storage boxes on the top shelf to store out of season items. You’ll still be able to see what you have. Or use baskets that you have labeled.
Location, location, location…
Whether you are self-employed, frequently work from home, or are a student, finding a place to work in a small space can be tricky.
- It needs to be easily accessible, able to contain your work or study necessities and relatively private, depending on the situation.
- You’d also need access to an electrical outlet in order to plug in a task light and cords for computer and printer, etc.
The little office in this picture is about as simple as it gets if you happen to have a staircase niche where you are able to tuck a small desk and chair.