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Bay Area couple finds affordable living with 162-square-foot tiny house. 8 Benefits You Can Make Happen by Living Simply. Image: dplett Stock Photo 49825445 8.

8 Benefits You Can Make Happen by Living Simply

More time for exercising or just walking 7. More time for cooking healthy home made meals 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Also- you don’t have to get into a TINY house to do all this. You can accomplish these things over time by applying simple living principles to your current life. Just ask yourself, “what’s the one thing I can do to simplify my life right now that will make things easier and or maybe even unnecessary?” And see what your brain comes up with! It might be de-cluttering a drawer, putting away a bunch of papers/mail on your counter, cleaning out your desk… Or even better ignoring everything (including this article) and spending time with a loved one (or a coworker)!

…or giving away 5 things you own that you don’t really have any use for anymore. Just remember to start small. If you’re at work, for example, maybe it’s to be in the moment and find appreciation for your job so you can bring some purpose back to it? Microtopia documentary explores tiny houses, micro-dwellings, off-grid and minimalist living. Tiny houses are a popular topic here on TreeHugger, and with good reason.

Microtopia documentary explores tiny houses, micro-dwellings, off-grid and minimalist living

Many of us live in houses that are way too big for our needs, and which cause us to commit a large portion of our money and resources to simply maintaining the status quo. Downsizing to a tiny house can be a way of living more sustainably, with less stress on our finances and on the environment, and help us to pare down our lifestyle to something more appropriate and focused on the essentials, instead of accumulating more stuff that can end up weighing us down.

The trend of wanting to make the move to smaller houses, tiny houses, portable houses, and to live with less stuff, isn't unique to the tiny house crowd, and this documentary features some of the leading thinkers and designers of that movement, including tiny house pioneer Jay Shafer. Microtopia is currently only available as a video-on-demand rental from Vimeo, at the cost of $3.99. Tiny House Villages Become Sustainable Housing for the Homeless. Could the tiny house phenomenon solve America’s homeless epidemic?

Tiny House Villages Become Sustainable Housing for the Homeless

Andrew Heben, urban planner and professional tiny house builder, says it can. His new book Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages explores the growing trend of American tent cities and how micro housing villages could transition people out of homelessness for good. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that we are experiencing “the worst rental affordability crisis this country has ever known.” As a result, many of our nation’s homeless have organized self-governed campgrounds, called Tent Cities, to protect and shelter themselves within a community of shared resources. Andrew Heben has studied dozens of tent cities throughout the country, lived in one Michigan-based dwelling, and is now working to develop the model into a more permanent solution. Less Is More: A Tiny House Movement Infographic.

I was contacted by the folks over at Custom Made about a tiny house movement infographic that they created for us which shares how less is more.

Less Is More: A Tiny House Movement Infographic

And how in many ways we’re going back to square one with tiny homes. It’s obvious that the word on simple living is growing and I believe it’s because it just makes sense. Woman Living Simply in Off Grid Tiny Home on Wheels. On September 23, 2014 I’m excited to show you an updated tour (and new video tour and interview) with Vina and her tiny home on wheels (of Sol Haus Design) thanks to the amazing Joshua and Natsuko of Chibi Moku.

Woman Living Simply in Off Grid Tiny Home on Wheels

They’re a husband and wife couple who live and travel in their RV throughout the United States (and beyond?). 25 Brilliant Tiny Homes That Will Inspire You To Live Small. Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style by Cat Johnson. How to get electricity, water, and the Internet in your tiny home on the range. posted Apr 09, 2014 This piece originally appeared at Shareable.

Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style by Cat Johnson

LaMar Alexander grew up in a homesteading family. For him, self-sufficiency, including gardening, raising animals and “doing for ourselves” was normal and necessary. He tried city life after college, but says he felt like a slave to a house, bills and employers. “I had a wake up call,” he explains, “that made me realize that what I really wanted was a simple homestead cabin and to eliminate my dependence on the system, so I could live sustainably while I pursued my dreams.”

Tiny house living is a good way to reduce your ecological footprint, save money, and simplify life down to the things that truly matter. So Alexander built a house. Minihouse.se.