The Minimalists Declutter Diva Small house movement The small house movement (also known as the "tiny house movement") is a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. Background In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet (165 m2) in 1978 to 2,479 square feet (230.3 m2) in 2007, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige. The small house movement is a return to houses less than 1,000 square feet, some as small as 80 square feet. Sarah Susanka has been credited with starting the recent countermovement toward smaller houses when she published The Not So Big House (1997). Earlier pioneers include Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter (1973) and Lester R. Tiny houses on wheels were popularized by Jay Shafer and Gregory Johnson, who together founded the Small House Society in 2002. Current Movement Pros and cons Bibliography Media
Minimalist Monday: Fashion and Wardrobe Tips (Plus How to Shop for Clothes during Weight Loss (*Although I started Minimalist Monday to share my journey to minimalism, I don't only want it to be about me and my journey, but yours too! So if you ever have a topic idea, please let me know!) Today's topic is by request! I received this email a few weeks ago: Really loving your minimalist posts — Can you maybe write another post about minimalist fashion? I have majorly cut down on my wardrobe, thanks to your post. Down-sizing your closet is awesome. Why? But before we were minimalists, Scott and I had so many clothes. I always seemed to be looking for my left shoe. Worse still, I would often stand in front of our closet in my underwear and cry that I had nothing to wear. I wore, at best, 20 to 30% of my wardrobe. But we kept everything. Everything changed when we moved abroad a few years ago. Basically, I had to pack my entire wardrobe into a suitcase and a half. Straightaway, I reached for those clothes I wore the most, but I also had to think about utility. Basics came to mind.
5 Strategies for Decluttering a Small Space It is a lot harder to keep an apartment or small house organized and tidy — but it is critical that you do so. It only takes one pile of papers and one box to overwhelm a smaller space. What to do? We asked organizing and de-cluttering guru Nicole Anzia of Neatnik in Washington DC what her top five strategies are for harnessing chaos in smaller homes and apartments. The Top Five Strategies for Decluttering a Small Space: Embrace Storage Containers: People often think, "My apartment or home is so small, I can't fit a filing cabinet, bookshelves or a desk," but if you don't buy the appropriate storage products, things pile up quickly in a small space. Furniture As Storage: Is there an ottoman you could also use to store blankets? Think Vertical: In small homes it is very important to maximize all of the space. Get Rid of Things: Chances are you don't need most of the papers that you're keeping — shred them. (Image: Small Cool 2010: Whitney's Well-Organized Home)
A Guy Named Dave Simple living History Religious and spiritual A number of religious and spiritual traditions encourage simple living. Early examples include the Shramana traditions of Iron Age India, Gautama Buddha, and biblical Nazirites (notably John the Baptist). Various notable individuals have claimed that spiritual inspiration led them to a simple living lifestyle, such as Francis of Assisi, Ammon Hennacy, Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore, Albert Schweitzer, and Mohandas Gandhi. Plain people are Christian groups who have for centuries practiced lifestyles in which some forms of wealth or technology are excluded for religious or philosophical reasons. Groups include the Shakers, Mennonites, Amish, Hutterites, Bruderhof, Harmony Society, and some Quakers. Jean-Jacques Rousseau strongly praised the simple life in many of his writings, especially in his Discourse on the Arts and Sciences (1750) and Discourse on Inequality (1754). Secular Practices
Incredible Clutter Transformations In the beginning of January, Leo Babauta and I challenged you to dump 50% of your stuff. More than 2000 people signed up for the Clutterfat Challenge and made a commitment to clear the clutter. Here are 2 remarkable stories of real people donating, selling and trading in their clutter for a better life. Stevie Allen I recently participated in The Clutterfat Challenge, where I agreed to go through all of my “stuff” over a 30 day period and attempt to get rid of what wasn’t needed or wanted anymore. The goal was to dump 50% of my stuff. Pride goeth before the fall. I began this journey according to the directions, downloaded the three page worksheet, and walking into the bathroom to begin counting every object in there. To say I was angry, depressed, overwhelmed, and maybe even a bit furious during the two days it took me to count all the stuff in my house doesn’t quite describe the emotion I felt. The final statistics A breakdown of where my stuff was: Read more from Stevie at leftlemon.com.
[Update] Deutschsprachige Minimalismus-Blogger | German speaking minimalism bloggers Und wieder neue Blogger in meiner Liste. Wow, es scheint doch schon eine große Minimalisten-Blogger-Gemeinschaft im deutschsprachigen Raum zu geben. Die Liste wird ständig ergänzt. Noch eine kleine persönliche Anmerkung. Bei der Masse und dem Umfang heute verfügbarer Blogs schafft man gar nicht mehr, jedes ausführlich zu lesen. Ich persönlich fände es nett, wenn man auf den ersten Blick sähe, wer in einem Blog, das ich anklicke, schreibt, und worum es im Groben darin geht. Aus jedem Tag das Beste machen! Der rauhe Stein (Jan) Blog eingestellt Die Entdeckung der Schlichtheit (Daniel, Twitter @schlichtheit) Einfach bewusst (Christof, @einfachbewusst) Einfach schön leben (Marcus & Team) Einfach weniger Frau DingDong Happy ich (Sue, @Happy_Ich) ganzeinfachleben (Mark, @markritter82) NEU! Geist und Gegenwart (Gilbert, @GeistGegenwart) Karin Friedli (Karin, @karinfriedli) MalMini (Pia, @Wuuuuusel) NEU! mamadenkt (Rage, @mamadenkt) Minimalismus 21 (P., @Minimalismus21) minimalismusundmehr (Inka) Mr.
I Like Tiny Houses But I'm Not Tiny, What Do I Do? The other day we got this comment on one of the new Tumbleweed tiny houses that just came out. How well can someone over 6 feet tall and over 300 pounds live in this? And the best answer I could think of, was this: If you’re asking that, you may want to look at this instead, will probably be better for anyone who likes the idea but needs more space: Then I thought, “I better write about this really quick while the ideas are in my mind.” Let me show you the interior below: Bathroom Kitchen and Living Area Sleeping Loft Entrance and Staircase For more photos of this Park Model tiny home click here. This might not be the best design for you but if you’ve been wondering about more space, maybe a park model is a better option for you than a tiny house? The main difference is that you have to pay a professional driver to move it for you because it exceeds the 8’6″ width and road height requirements for most areas. Which would you prefer and why?
» Finding yourself in spareness We often create an identity for ourselves using things. We have logos or slogans or cute catchphrases on our clothing, and it shows people who we are. We have tattoos or piercings, baseball caps, accessories, smartphones, designer bags, Manolo Blahnik shoes … and these express to others who we are. In our homes, what we have on our walls shows others who we are. What TV shows we watch, what books we read, what celebrities and blogs we follow. But what happens when you strip all this away? In spareness, we are confronted by a lack. When there is just you, and nothing else, you must look inside yourself. There is an empty room, and you. In spareness, you find enough.
Geist und Gegenwart: Texte zum Minimalismus Im Folgenden habe ich eine kleine Auswahl von Links zu Texten zum Minimalismus zusammengestellt. Vor allem, um sie nicht aus den Augen zu verlieren. Diese Auswahl ist nicht umfassend, reflektiert aber viele unterschiedliche Positionen. Alex RubenbauerMinimalismus als Weg zum erfüllten LebenMinimalist in 21 Tagen Der rauhe SteinDie innere Revolution und Minimalsimus FinnslandDownshifting Gilbert DietrichMein unfreiwilliger MinimalismusWie man alles im Kopf behältZufriedenheit im individuellen und gesellschaftlichen LebenDas Leben entrümpeln und frei durchatmen (auf Zeitzuleben.de) GoldgraberinFrau Ding Dong´s Experimente Mr. Oliver PeissMinimalismus ist tot, es lebe MinimalismusMinimalist werden5 Wege für mehr Fokus Peter Hinzmann:Minimalismus und kein EndeMinimalismus als Mittel zum Zweck Reduziert lebenManuel reduziert Thomas Bagusche (zen monkey - Übersetzungen von Leo Babauta)Minimalistisch werden: Alle Infos, die Du im Blick haben solltest