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Carrying off the art of one carry-on Phileas Fogg had Passepartout, Bertie Wooster had Jeeves and Sir Edmund Hillary had a retinue of stalwart Sherpas. The rest of us, alas, must schlep our own bags. That's the best reason to pack light, but it's not the only one. By limiting ourselves to one carry-on, we can be off the plane and halfway to Boulevard Saint-Germain while others huddle expectantly around the luggage carousel. We don't worry that our checked bags will take an unplanned detour to Duluth or Dar es Salaam. Packing light offers less tangible but very real benefits. People routinely profess amazement bordering on disbelief that I can travel for weeks at a time with only a carry-on. Some general thoughts about the quite bearable being of lightness: -- The amount of stuff you think you need is directly related to the size of your luggage. -- There's really no difference between packing for a week and packing for a month or longer. -- Carry-on allowances vary by airline. -- Swiss Army knives are a real bugaboo. L.L.
Simblissity Tiny Homes – For Sale The Aspen 24′ is ready to provide comfort with 260 square feet of deluxe living, 180 sq. ft on the main floor and a 80 sq. ft. sleeping loft.The large, bright, comfortable living room has high Cathedral ceiling and a cushy, romantic built in sofa, with storage below. (No reason to be uncomfortable in a Tiny!)For the gourmet chef there is a 9′ Butcher Block kitchen counter, a 3 Burner gas range with oven, a large dual fuel full size refrigerator (110 & LP), a large pantry and lots of cabinet space.The bathroom has a bathtub & shower as well as a quality self composting toilet.Hot water is provided by an EcoTemp, On Demand, Hot Water Heater.The spacious, bright sleeping loft is 8 X 10′ and provides 50″ of head room.Stairways lead to the sleeping loft (no ladders here!). This is fine, luxurious Tiny Home at it’s best! This new, custom built home is ready for active people living and adventuring in a Four Seasons environment.
Unclutterer: Daily tips on how to organize your home and office. Specs - Monarch Tiny Homes SIPs Walls We construct our walls with structural insulated panels (SIPs). SIPs have an expanded polystyrene (EPS) core laminated between two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB). Here's an informational website to learn more about building with SIPs: SIPs Roof Our roof is designed with insulation and weight in mind. Windows Our windows are Ply Gem 1500 Vinyl Collection. For more information, please see Siding Our siding, called UltraShield, is made from reclaimed wood fibers and recycled plastic bottles. For more information, please see Toilet All homes come standard with a Nature's Head self-contained composting toilet. Propane Appliances We chose propane to run our major appliances because it is available worldwide and is an efficient option for off-the-grid living. Bosch On-Demand Tankless Water Heater Dickinson Marine Newport Propane Heater/Fireplace 2-Burner Stainless Steel Cooktop Lighting Shower
Zen and the Art of Minimalism – Part 1: Zen Philosophy — Minimal Student Image Credit Drue Kataoka There are a great many articles, ebooks and blogs about how exactly to be more minimalist – how to step by step, get rid of stuff. But, I thought it would be interesting to break it down and explore the background of minimalism and what, if anything, it has to do with Zen philosophy. No matter how small it may be, few people can deny that there is a ‘wave’ of minimalism happening right now. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly where minimalism originates. Letting go of attachmentReducing suffering and increasing happinessMindfulness and focusKindness and compassion A traditional Buddhist, such as a monk, lives an extremely minimalist lifestyle because their belief in these principles flow into their everyday life. So, taking each of the above principles, I like to think minimalism can be connected to: Letting go of attachment – to our possessions, because they don’t define who we are. I don’t claim to be wise or experienced. I’d love to hear your opinions.
Tiny House Blog | Jay Shafer | Four Lights Tiny House Company Oprah’s “Tiny House Man Expands”: Not a Story About Weight Gain I should really start paying more attention. I didn’t even know that this new piece on Oprah’s Where Are They Now was available online until I stumbled upon a link through Alex Pino’s Tiny House Talk. Microtopia is Mega-Good It was nearly two years ago when Jesper Watchmeister and his film crew caught a plane out of Stockholm to create a documentary about the international trend towards smaller, well-designed houses. The piece is called Microtopia, and its production values are high. Watch the trailer for this brilliant film below: MICROTOPIA – a documentary about micro dwellings, downsizing and living off the grid. - Trailer from Eight Millimetres on Vimeo. Depending on your region, you may be able to watch the full-length film for $3.99 using the Vimeo link provided above. Micro-House-March: Day 31 Today's Photo: Living tiny in Madison, CT. Micro-House-March: Day 30 Another cute house on Martha’s Vineyard. Dee's Big Tiny
14 Bright Ideas for a Better Wood Stove The 14 finalists for the Wood Stove Design Challenge will be formally judged during a weeklong Wood Stove Decathlon at the National Mall in November, when a team of stove, air quality, and combustion experts will select the winning stove based on five criteria: emissions, efficiency, affordability, innovation, and ease of use. Throughout the challenge we'll see plenty of innovation, but its impact could be insignificant unless we—the consumers—embrace clean-burning technology in meaningful numbers. And that's less likely to happen if next-generation stoves lack compelling benefits or are simply unappealing to the end user. Here's where you can help.
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