Balance Urban Lifestyle

Finding Balance in an Urban Lifestyle

Living in a compact apartment within walking distance of work, school, and shopping, biking or using public transit, experiencing unique city culture and venues — these things characterize the urban lifestyle many people prefer. Although it’s unlikely to affect city dwellers’ enthusiasm for it, the urban lifestyle introduces unique pitfalls including the temptation to over-caffeinate, overeat, over-tech, and be inactive. …

Preferring Urban Lifestyle

Why More People Are Preferring the Urban Lifestyle

Twelve years have passed since the middle of the housing boom, when President Bush proclaimed that owning a home was the realization of the American Dream. It would appear that is no longer the dream of Millennials, the current largest population group born between 1983 and 2000, who are increasingly flocking to the cities instead of heading to the suburbs. …

Weekend Reading Nov 27

Tiny Living Weekend Reading, 9th Edition

This weekend marks the unparalleled busiest shopping weekend of the year, including not only Black Friday, but Small Business Saturday (check out my article on Moneyning later Friday for more on that) and Cyber Monday. What is your shopping strategy this year? If you’re practicing a no-spend November, this weekend is a strong reminder of your goals to limit your …

Friendsgiving

Tiny Living Tips for Hosting a Successful “Friendsgiving”

Until recently, I didn’t know Friendsgiving was an actual term (it even has a definition in the urban dictionary) but I’ve participated in previous years without realizing it.  If you’ve never heard of Friendsgiving, you might be wondering when and where this trend got started. The majority of people seem to think it’s linked to the popular 90s television sitcom …

Weekend Reading Nov 20

Tiny Living Weekend Reading, 8th Edition

It’s really hard to believe it’s only a week away from Thanksgiving. What’s your itinerary? Are you hosting, or visiting family? If you’re heading to a warm climate to celebrate the holiday, here’s a helpful video on How to Pack for a Warm-Weather Getaway. This year, since we’re new to the state and don’t have any family here, we’ll be …

Overnight Guests in Tiny Spaces

Overnight Guests in Tiny Spaces: Practice in Creative Hospitality

With the biggest holiday season just around the corner, many people are preparing to make cross-country trips to visit extended family, or to receive visitors from out of state. This creates a unique challenge for those who’ve embraced tiny living: increasingly efficient construction and the absence of a second bedroom leaves little space for accommodating overnight guests. Even in standard-sized …

Weekend Reading Nov 13

Tiny Living Weekend Reading: 7th Edition

This week was Veterans Day. Across the country, Americans honored their military with parades, ceremonies, special events, and freebies for veterans. While I didn’t personally participate, I did watch part of my city’s gathering on the library lawn next to my apartment building, and could even hear strains of “America the Beautiful.”  Perusing the news about events across the nation, …

Weekend Reading Nov 06

Tiny Living Weekend Reading: November

This week was the first full week of November. How did it treat you? Speaking of treats, last weekend was Halloween. If you’re still recovering from your candy binge, you might want to check out this week’s blog: Don’t Let Your Home Size Limit Exercise. Moving forward into this month, we have the following observances: National Novel Writer’s Month — …

Tiny Home Exercise

Don’t Let Your Home Size Limit Exercise

Everyone knows the health and fitness benefits of regular exercise, but excuses for not getting it in most commonly include a lack of time and energy. For apartment dwellers, the list also includes what seem like legitimate excuses: no space, the need to be quiet for close neighbors, and a lack of necessary equipment — which circles back to no …

Weekend Reading Oct 30

Tiny Living Weekend Reading: The Non-Spooky Halloween Edition

This Saturday is Halloween, so this batch of tiny living weekend reading will be themed accordingly. But did you also know that Friday the 30th is National Candy Corn Day? Apparently this sweet treat associated with Halloween was invented in 1880 by George Renninger and consists mostly of corn syrup (surprise), honey, and sugar. Before we get started, I do …