Declutter

Decluttering with the Rule of Thirds

Today, I’m drawing my decluttering inspiration from Joshua Becker, author of the blog Becoming Minimalist. Joshua has a great post on how to stage your home for everyday living.   It is based on the principles he’s learned from staging homes for sale.  The top tip?  Remove a third of the possessions from your home.  It…

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TinyLiving: A simple fix saves an old fave

I just shaved a sweater with a razor from the dollar store.  This may not be the kind of exciting news you’ve come to expect from us here at TinyLiving, but fear not — there’s a moral to this story and it has to do with living small. But first, back to the sweater.  In…

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Minimalist gifts: Giving experiences, not things

What do you get a minimalist for Christmas? When the holidays roll around, we often turn to shops to stock up on things. But for people who live in small spaces, acquiring more physical items can be problematic, even when the gifts come with the best of intentions.  When space is at a premium, experiences…

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Kids and small spaces: How to keep toy clutter under control

Small spaces are great until you throw a couple kiddos into the mix. The accompanying baby stuff, toys, and general mayhem can push a small space to its limits. To successfully meld children with small spaces, start by limiting physical items. Don’t have more toys on hand than your children can easily see and use. …

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Shop your closet for clutter-free costumes

Last Halloween, our Angry Bird costumes were a big hit.  But after the trick-or-treating ended, those plush pillow outfits took up way too much space in an already tiny house. So with Halloween on its way, we’ve pulled together some ideas for do-it-yourself Halloween costumes created from items you already own. Wear them, have some…

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Creating a Minimalist Wardrobe with Project 333

“A Minimalist Fashion Challenge” For the past two months I’ve been dressing with a wardrobe that includes just 33 items.  It was a challenge at first, but one that’s turned out to have great benefits.  I packed away 105 things — from tops and bottoms to shoes and scarves — and honestly, I didn’t miss…

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Downsizing: How much space do you need?

Before you downsize, consider this question:  How much space do you need?  The answer will vary from person to person, but the important thing to remember is that has nothing to do with how much stuff you have. When you’re reevaluating your space, you should base the decision on your lifestyle needs, and not your…

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Downsizing: 7 Tips for Paring Down

Downsizing your home can be daunting, but following some simple tips and tricks can make the transition to smaller living less challenging. If you’re downsizing to a smaller house, you’ll want to pare back your possessions as well, or your new home will feel cramped.    Whether you’re retiring, retooling your expenses or trying to…

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Adventures in Tiny Living: Declutter Your Fantasy Self

I love piano music.  I always have.  There is something about an instrument so melodic and thoughtful one moment and so jaunty and drunken the next.  A song can always become a favorite with the simple addition of 88 keys. Which is why it made sense to me, in college, living in a tiny dorm…

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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Getting Rid of Your Stuff

Have you done a massive decluttering and now have a huge pile of unwanted stuff? Are you too busy/lazy/impatient to get rid of the items one by one selling them on Craigslist or Ebay or giving them away to people who will surely cherish them?  Is a yard sale out of the question because it’s…

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