Cultivating Contentment

Cultivating Contentment

No matter how die-hard a small space living enthusiast you may be, there will undoubtedly be times when your 500 square feet of space doesn’t seem like enough — especially when you visit family and friends who live in comparatively massive 2,500+ square foot homes. In those moments you feel tempted to compare your home and find it lacking, remember …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Meryl Starr

Tired of Clutter? Let’s Get Organized with Tiny Home Tips from Meryl Starr

Last week I had the chance to interview clutter guru Meryl Starr: Personal Organizer, author, and the past voice of the radio talk show “Let’s Get Organized with Meryl Starr.” With 23 years of ground-breaking experience in this growing industry, Meryl has a lot to offer on the topic of maintaining organization and cutting clutter out of all aspects of …

Tiny Kitchen Meals

Meals You Can Cook in a Tiny Kitchen

Last week I talked about ways to maneuver around the challenges of a small kitchen so you can still appreciate the joys of cooking. As I mentioned in the article (which I highly recommend you head over and read as a prerequisite to this one), if you’re new to cooking in a tiny kitchen, it’s probably best to start simple. …

Tiny Kitchen Cooking Tips

7 Cooking Tips for the Tiny Kitchen

Cooking isn’t just a necessary part of life for many people: it’s an enjoyable hobby and creative outlet. If you love the culinary arts, you undoubtedly appreciate having a spacious kitchen to work in, but that’s not always a reality — especially if you live in a tiny apartment. Perhaps you used to enjoy cooking, but your new tiny kitchen …

Make Your Home Inviting

Ways to Make Your Tiny Home Feel Inviting

Have you ever entered someone’s home and immediately felt relaxed and comfortable? What is it that makes the difference between homes that exude an immediate sense of welcome and hospitality, and those that reinforce the feeling that you’re not in Kansas anymore? Is it the home environment, or the hostess? In my experience, both play a vital role. Whether you …