Tiny House, Large Lifestyle!
Tiny homes are popping up across America, captivating people with their novel approach not only to housing, but to life. Once considered little more than a charming oddity, the tiny house movement continues to gain momentum among those who thirst for a simpler, "greener," more meaningful life in the face of society's "more is better" mindset.
This book explores the philosophies behind the tiny house lifestyle, helps you determine whether it's a good fit for you, and guides you through the transition to a smaller space. For inspiration, you'll meet tiny house pioneers and hear how they built their dwellings (and their lives) in unconventional, creative and purposeful ways. They'll invite you in, show you around their cozy abodes, and share lessons they learned along the way.
Inside you'll find everything you need to design a tiny home of your own: Worksheets and exercises to help you home in on your true needs, define personal goals, and develop a tiny house layout that's just right for you. Practical strategies for cutting through clutter and paring down your possessions. Guidance through the world of building codes and zoning laws. Design tricks for making the most of every square foot, including multi-function features and ways to maximize vertical space. Tours of 11 tiny houses and the unique story behind each. Tiny House Living is about distilling life down to that which you value most...freeing yourself from clutter, mortgages and home maintenance...and, in doing so, making more room in everyday life for the really important things, like relationships, passions and community. Whether you downsize to a 400-square-foot home or simply scale back the amount of stuff you have in your current home, this book shows you how to live well with less.
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
From the Hardcover edition.
A beautiful landscape reflects well on your house, making it a welcome part of a neighborhood or native terrain. And it dramatically increases your home's value. Landscaping Basics For Dummies gets you started on turning the little patch of earth you call your own into a personal paradise.
Open the book and find:
Landscape designs for front, back, and side yards
How to choose and plant the right trees for your landscape
Choose and plant the right shrubs for your yard
Tips for landscaping a shady area
The biggest collection of crochet motifs. Period.
Crocheters can never get enough of granny squares--the cheerful, colorful motifs that are the basis of countless afghans, pillows, and baby blankets. The Big Book of Granny Squares is just that--the most comprehensive collection to date. Readers will enjoy 365 unique squares with swatches and step-by-step written instructions for each granny square pattern.
A lay-flat binding makes it easy for readers to check the crochet pattern while they work. Easy to use and inspirational, this is a go-to reference that crocheters will reach for again and again. Crocheters love granny squares and are sure to adore this--the biggest and best compendium of granny square patterns ever.
7 Days to Minimalist Living: A Stress-Free Guide to Declutter, Clean & Organize Your Home & Your Life
The Most Practical & Modern Guide to Living a Minimalist Lifestyle in 7 Days
Is your house overflowing with stuff that you don’t use or need? Clutter can:
• Overwhelm the senses
• Consume space
• Drain energy from our surroundings
• Cause stress and anxiety
This book will show you how to lighten up so you can walk into your home and be surrounded only by the things you love. Living in a minimalistic way means clearing the clutter from your life to focus on what’s truly important. Chances are, 75% of the things in your home are no benefit to your life at all. You’ll also find that throwing out a few garbage bags feels even better than therapy.
Why do you hold onto things? Here are just some of the reasons:
• Security—but the paradox is that the more we cling, the more frustrated and overwhelmed we feel.
• Addiction—shopping is a high and the novelty wears off.
• Approval—keeping material representations of who we are is one way we show off.
• Identity—we identify with what we own so that’s why we’re upset when something is stolen or broken.
• Obligation to others—we please others by keeping gifts and inherited things we don’t really like or need.
By letting go of possessions that no longer serves us, we can
• Let go of old beliefs
• Open ourselves up to new opportunities and relationships
• See your home, your life for what they really are
• Need less and do more
• Cultivate meaningful relationships
• Be more in tune with yourself in a meditative space
• Stop shopping as a form of therapy
• Stop wasting money
• Restore clarity
• FIND WHAT YOU REALLY VALUE
When you have inner clutter, it expands to your environment. So when you live in a clean and soothing environment, it can only benefit your inner life.
Don’t let the word minimalism scare you. Minimalistic living is not about getting rid of modern advancements and living in the stone age. It’s only about keeping things that are useful, meaningful and add value to your life. While it does not place importance on material things and lavish living, minimalism is also not about denying yourself of the things you need.
The guide is divided by different rooms and topics to make it easy and practical to refer to.
• Living Room
• Children’s Rooms
• Teen Rooms
• Computer & Technology
• Sentimental Objects
• Cards & Letters
This book also helps you
• Recognize Clutter
• Declutter, clean & organize your home room by room
• Sell your things for profit
• Shop for a minimalist wardrobe
• Get your family on board
• Declutter digital content and computer files
• Go car-free or car-lite
• Surround yourself with people who add value to your life
• Maintain your space once you’ve minimalized
Living with less is the first step to a peaceful mind. It makes space for the new to come in. Buy the book, put it into practice and welcome positive change into your life now.
Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more -- this is every crocheter's must-have holiday project book! Beginners will love Edie Eckman's useful technique tutorial, and experienced crafters will want to jump right in and start one of these 20 exciting projects. The book includes eight different stockings, festive ornaments for trees and tabletops, a tree skirt, and other decorations for the home. Each pattern includes a symbol chart and is labeled with the skill level required to complete it, so crocheters of all levels can pick the perfect project for their own holiday season.
Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes
Great for new and experienced crocheters alike, Crochet Stitch Dictionary offers 200 stitches with detailed written, charted, and photographed instructions. This essential book presents 10 color-coded stitch sections: Basic stitches, Fans & Shells, Bobbles & Clusters, Spike stitches, Post stitches, Mesh & Filet, Cable stitches, Tunisian stitches, and more!
Learn each stitch with written, charted, and step-by-step photo instructions that clearly explain where the yarn goes each step of the way. In addition, each stitch pattern shows a large finished swatch in actual size.
You'll enjoy the colorful and eye-catching "candy-box" sampler pages that start every section. Crochet Stitch Dictionary offers excellent useful instruction and inspiration for all crocheters.
Its durability and flexibility make it perfect for creating everyday accessories such as belts, bracelets, buckles, necklaces, dog leashes and collars, key chains, and more. As you will see in Mikkelsen's book, this rope comes in various colors, from army green to hot pink, making it easy to personalize every type of project.
In Paracord!, you'll find step-by-step instructions that take you through every project. Each step is accompanied by a photo that clearly illustrates the process. In addition to learning how to make these accessories, Mikkelsen also includes introductory chapters preparing your paracord for crafting, tying different types of knots, and caring for and cleaning your completed paracord projects.
“Origami” comes from two Japanese
words: “ori” (to fold) and kami (paper). However, it has only been called
Origami since 1880. Before 1880, the art
of paper-folding was called Orikata.
It’s impossible to pinpoint how
Origami originated. The only concrete things we know about it is that it
originated in Japan and that it is strongly connected to the best oriental
values: patience, hard work and above everything else, the search for spiritual
From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.
Discover the secrets of color, shape, and scent the fun and easy way?
Whether you're a beginner or seasoned craftperson, this fun book offers everything you need to make beautiful, professional-looking candles and soaps at home. You get practical tips on dyeing and scenting wax, using unusual molds, adding embellishments to candles, working with soap ingredients, and even turning your hobby into a business!
Discover How To:Stock a safe & efficient work area Work with all types of wax Add color and scent to your projects Make melt-and-pour soaps Turn a hobby into a business
Packed with proven organizing systems and techniques, this guide shows you step-by-step how to break down organizing jobs into bite-size pieces, assemble the tools and supplies you'll need, and much more.
Open the book and find:How to make time to get organizedWays to personalize your organizing planTips for using containers to put everything in placeAdvice on how to train your mind to be organized
The bestselling, most comprehensive guide to home improvements has been revised and updated once again since it's revision in 2005. Over 10 million copies of READER’S DIGEST COMPLETE DO-IT-YOURSELF MANUAL have been sold since it's original publication in 1973. In 2005, the manual got bigger and better than ever, when The Family Handyman and Reader’s Digest joined forces and completely revised, updated, rewrote, and redesigned this home improvement classic. Now in 2014, The Family Handyman has once again updated and revised this do-it-yourself classic to make it relevant to today’s homeowners and DIYers..
Written in a style of text that addresses readers in a very accessible, conversational tone for easy, user-friendly assistance with every do-it-yourself task. All instructions and materials have been updated to address current codes (electrical, plumbing and building), and revised to indicate the very latest in materials, tools, and technology. Suitable for beginners and experts alike, this newly revised edition includes:
• Over 3,000 photos and illustrations to make complex projects and repairs easy to understand
• Twice as many storage projects that help home owners cut clutter
• New building materials that yield great-looking, long-lasting results—and low maintenance!
• New technology that lets homeowners save energy, add convenience or improve security.
• New building codes that make homes safer, more energy-efficient and trouble-free.
The book’s tried-and-true instructions provide do-it-yourself solutions to a ton of problems that could cost a fortune if you had to hire a professional. This manual is a “must-have” reference guide for every home-owning man or woman.
Criminal Crafts: From D.I.Y. to F.B.I. Outlaw Projects for Scoundrels, Cheats, and Armchair Detectives
Criminals attract an audience. People admire the sneakiness and creativity of the profession while cursing the dastardly outcomes. So why not have all of the tricks without the trade? Criminal Crafts brings together illicit behavior and artistic expression with dark humor in this do-it-yourself project book. Author Shawn Bowman focuses on original crafts and recipes themed in noir, murder, retro espionage, pulp fiction, mafia, and voodoo.
Crafters and mischief lovers alike will love this book of 30 projects revolving around notorious criminals and their activities. From John Dillinger's soap gun to Bonnie Parker's gunshot poetry journal, readers will find themselves both amused and intrigued with the devious creativity. Not to mention how impressed party guests will be when they show up to Flaming Amy cocktails and cocktail bars stashed in violin cases. And just wait until you show off your shiv cozy! From the practical to the classically kitsch, Criminal Crafts are art projects readers will love.
Some of Bowman’s notorious crafts are available online at www.criminalcrafts.etsy.com, and you can follow Criminal Crafts at www.criminalcrafts.com and via Twitter and Facebook.
Known and prized around the world in the form of the "Irish fisherman's sweater," Aran knitting originated generations ago in the chilly, windswept islands of Galway Bay. The seafaring Aran Islanders developed a distinctive method of crafting heavy wool into snug garments resistant to the stormiest weather. These clothes also happen to be extremely stylish, with distinctive, highly textured patterns of cables and ropes.
Suitable for novices to the Aran style as well as for experienced knitters, this guide offers start-to-finish advice. More than 20 patterns, illustrated by 117 close-up photographs, include:
• Traditional fisherman's sweater
• Family sweater, with round, polo, or V-neck
• Jackets and coats
• Hat, mittens, and scarf set
• Cushion covers
Traditional Aran Knitting also explains the history of the craft and the meaning behind the coded "messages" woven into the unique Aran patterns.
Are you looking for ways to save water -- or money? This accessible guide by Laura Allen, founder of Greywater Action, explains how to use water smartly and efficiently, increasing supply, saving money, reducing wear on your septic system, and filling your home and garden needs. She describes proven conservation techniques, explains how to create a water-wise landscape, and provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for setting up a waterless composting toilet as well as systems to reuse greywater, harvest rainwater, and more.
Reimagine homemaking for the twenty-first century
The rules of homemaking have radically changed. Today's generation is digitally connected 24/7 and often more focused on climbing the career ladder at the office than the stepladder at home.
But the home "maker" evolution has just begun. Thanks to advances in technology, tomorrow's men and women will find themselves using new gadgets and apps to cook, clean, decorate, and even manufacture everything from decor to clothing, from right inside their homes.
In Homemakers, Brit Morin, founder of the wildly popular lifestyle brand, app, and website Brit + Co, reimagines homemaking for the twenty-first century, making it as simple as possible to go from amateur to pro with easy charts, tips, recipes, DIY projects, and tech shortcuts. Simple, beautiful, and stylish, it offers the digital generation a wealth of innovative ideas and how-tos for a more creative life.
We’re asking more of architecture than ever before; the response will define our future.
A pavilion made from paper. A building that eats smog. An inflatable concert hall. A research lab that can walk through snow. We’re entering a new age in architecture—one where we expect our buildings to deliver far more than just shelter. We want buildings that inspire us while helping the environment; buildings that delight our senses while serving the needs of a community; buildings made possible both by new technology and repurposed materials.
Like an architectural cabinet of wonders, this book collects the most innovative buildings of today and tomorrow. The buildings hail from all seven continents (to say nothing of other planets), offering a truly global perspective on what lies ahead. Each page captures the soaring confidence, the thoughtful intelligence, the space-age wonder, and at times the sheer whimsy of the world’s most inspired buildings—and the questions they provoke: Can a building breathe? Can a skyscraper be built in a day? Can we 3D-print a house? Can we live on the moon?
Filled with gorgeous imagery and witty insight, this book is an essential and delightful guide to the future being built around us—a future that matters more, and to more of us, than ever.
The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health: 501 Recipes for Healthy Living, Green Cleaning, and Natural Beauty
The Handbook includes contributions from herbalists from around the world and encompasses recipes that range from very simple to more complex. Seasoned herbalists as well as those just beginning to explore the world of herbs will find something to start their own nontoxic, non-allergenic domestic revolution.
The book includes:
• A history of herbal lore
• The herbalist's kitchen--equipment and procedures for harnessing the power of plants
• Green cleaning products (from floor wax to stain removers)
• Herbal pharmacy (from throat lozenges to hangover cures)
• Nutritional supplements and detoxes
• First aid (from anti-anxiety drops to bruise ointment)
• For travel (insect repellant to anti-nausea drops)
• Food and drink (breads, butters, wines, teas)
• Beauty and balms (toothpaste to shampoo to lip balm)
• Kitchen Pharmacy
• Food & Drink
• Beauty, Balms & Personal Care
Do you want to keep chickens but don't have much land? In this comprehensive and entertaining handbook, Barbara Kilarski shows you how you can successfully keep chickens in small urban and suburban spaces. She tells you which breeds are happiest in small spaces, shows you how to feed and care for your birds, lists the equipment you'll need, discusses coop design, explains how to gather eggs, and much more.
Whether you need a fence to protect your garden, keep animals or children safe, or add privacy, Jeff Beneke explains exactly what you need to know to build it yourself -- even if you've never built anything before. He gives clear, simple, step-by-step instructions for several basic fence styles using a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, and chain link. And once you've mastered the basics, you'll be skilled enough to build any kind of fence, even those not covered in the book.
Does your house bulge with clutter? Are your possessions weighing you down? Is your home an unorganized mess?
Turn it around—ban sagging shelves, bulging cupboards, and bursting closets—with this fun and effective guide. In a step-by-step, easy-to-follow approach, the authors suggest ways to change clutter-accumulating behavior; show how to efficiently organize the possessions you need (with a strict definition of “need”); and examine dozens of ways to dispose of clutter.
Declutter Anything offers serious advice that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The emphasis is on uncomplicated, inexpensive solutions that are easy to implement and that produce life-changing results. Take the plunge and soon you’ll be living and working slim, trim, and clutter-free.
A warm and inspiring book for anyone who has ever dreamed of changing tracks: the story of a young woman who quit her desk job to become a carpenter.
Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties working at a Boston newspaper, sitting behind a desk and staring at a screen. Yearning for more tangible work, she applied for a job she saw on Craigslist—Carpenter’s Assistant: Women strongly encouraged to apply—despite being a Classics major who couldn't tell a Phillips from a flathead screwdriver. She got the job, and in Hammer Head she tells the rich and entertaining story of becoming a carpenter.
Writing with infectious curiosity, MacLaughlin describes the joys and frustrations of making things by hand, reveals the challenges of working as a woman in an occupation that is 99 percent male, and explains how manual labor changed the way she sees the world. We meet her unflappable mentor, Mary, a petite but tough carpenter-sage (“Be smarter than the tools!”), as well as wild demo dudes, foul-mouthed plumbers, grizzled hardware store clerks, and the colorful clients whose homes she and Mary work in.
Whisking her readers from job to job—building a wall, remodeling a kitchen, gut-renovating a house—MacLaughlin examines the history of the tools she uses and the virtues and varieties of wood. Throughout, she draws on the wisdom of Ovid, Annie Dillard, Studs Terkel, and Mary Oliver to illuminate her experience of work. And, in a deeply moving climax, MacLaughlin strikes out on her own for the first time to build bookshelves for her own father.
Hammer Head is a passionate book full of sweat, swearing, bashed thumbs, and a deep sense of finding real meaning in work and life.
Table of Contents
The Concept of a Tiny House
Living in a Tiny House
1. Gather Information
2. Identify Your Needs and Wants from the Tiny House
3. Assess the Benefits of Tiny House Living
4. Tiny Houses Cost More per Square Feet Compared With Traditional Homes
5. Decision Whether Or Not to Build Your Own Tiny House
6. You Need to Reduce Your Stuff
7. Purchase and Use Effective Storage and Multi-Purpose Equipment
The Concept of Minimalism
Living a Minimalist life
1. Enforcement of the Idea
2. Make a List
3. Begin With the Smallest Items
4. Clothes Should Be Next
5. Always Keep the Advantages in Mind
6. Categorize Items
7. Decide On the Future of the Things
8. Understand That It Is a Constant Process
9. Money Saving
10. Remain Organized
11. Mark Clutter Free Zones
12. Eat Simple
13. Move to a Smaller Place
Concept of Being Frugal
Ways of Frugal Living
1. Research and Educate Yourself
2. Start Writing Down your Monthly Expenses
3. Weekly Habit of Monitoring
4. Auto-Payment Mechanism
5. Avoid Temptations
The trend of living in a small and tiny house is growing in the western parts of the world. This is a very attractive and captivating approach of not only building up small residential units, but more importantly it is a way of living. Not very long ago the concept of living in a tiny house was just considered as a fashion or a little charm. However, in very little time it has managed to grow into a broader perspective of living, which requires leading a simple, greener and a meaningful way of life. It totally negates the basic concept of society that the more you have the better.
Some of the homes featured here emphasize environmental needs, while others are concerned with preserving cultural traditions or supporting societal and interpersonal needs—such as extended family dwellings. Each residence, however, exhibits solutions developed from a holistic point of view. These homes typically embrace the tropical climate rather than fight it, and illustrate how smart manipulation of air flows, light, shade, water, and landscaping sustain higher levels of comfort without resorting to air-conditioning.
In addition to profiling individual residences, Sustainable Luxury looks at the big picture, canvassing the most pressing issues—including changing demographics and lifestyles—and examining the available solutions. Anyone concerned with the future of our world will be fascinated by the houses presented here and the ways in which Singapore is leading the way in the development of residential architecture that is as luxurious as it is sustainable.
Let's Get Organized! - Clutter Free in 48 Hours: Fast & Easy Ways to Declutter Your Home, Stay Organized, & Simplify Your Life
Clutter Happens...It starts when we're first born -- and we're not even aware of it. I'm talking about the accumulation of material items in our life. Think about the concept of a baby shower. Even before we're born we begin accumulating things through this ritual. Then our family discovers any number of reasons to "shower" us with even more material gifts as we grow up.
Maybe you have tried for years but you are just not an organized person and you don't think that you can be the type of person to figure out your own organizational needs. Don't worry, with "Let's Get Organized!" you will get all the help you need.
... Learn Ways to Organize Your Home In Just 2 Days ...
Just imagine being able to reducing the clutter in your home in 2 days (or less) without becoming stressed or disappointed. Yes you could have a neat and organized home. It truly is possible, but you just need to know how.
Here's what you'll discover in "Let's Get Organized!":
- How to prepare your home for "de-clutterization"...
- 3 little known, yet simple ways to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to be separated from your "stuff"...
- Secret of expert organization specialists that few people ever know about...
- 3 proven steps to organizing and de-clutter your home room by room...
- 2 simple keys (that are right in front of your eyes) to cleaning out your closets...
- WARNING: 3 things you should never do when it comes to trying to reduce the clutter in your home...
- 6 time tested and proven strategies for putting your organization plans into effect...
- When to look to professional help and where to find it...
- 7 everyday but often overlooked tips and tricks for de-cluttering your life...
- The benefits of an organized home...
- And much more...
Table of Contents
Back To Basics – what you will need and why
All Purpose Cleaners
Citrus Enzyme Cleaner
Refreshers & Dusting Agents
Home Enhancing Spray
Homemade Glass Cleaner
Homemade Dish Soap
Dishwasher Rinse Aid
Laundry Spot Remover
Homemade Laundry Soap
Sink Drain Cleaner
Ink Stain Remover
Washing Machine Cleaner
Homemade Bathtub Scrub
Homemade Shower Cleaner
In a day and age where everyone is trying to save money as well as the planet, green solutions is the new buzzword around town. This book aims at enriching your knowledge and putting the power back into your hands when it comes to cleaning your home and inevitably controlling what harmful contents you and your family get exposed to in the home environment.
The really great thing about making your own cleaning products at home is the fact that most recipes are versatile and can be used for many different purposes, eliminating the problem of having too many different cleaning products, but you will find target specific ideas here to help you clean effectively and eco-friendly.
The recipes have been placed in categories such as kitchen cleaning and bathroom cleaning so if you are looking for something specific, just have a look at what area you need to clean and then cross reference with the index.
There are some great tips on general cleaning and upkeep in and around the house too. It’s safe to say that when in doubt, always try using vinegar or baking soda or a mix of the two first to see if that helps. For everything else, use this book as a reference on how to get the job done.
Since the 1960s, new and more diverse waves of immigrants have changed the demographic composition and the landscapes of North American cities and their suburbs. The Housing and Economic Experiences of Immigrants in U.S. and Canadian Cities is a collection of essays examining how recent immigrants have fared in getting access to jobs and housing in urban centres across the continent.
Using a variety of methodologies, contributors from both countries present original research on a range of issues connected to housing and economic experiences. They offer both a broad overview and a series of detailed case studies that highlight the experiences of particular communities. This volume demonstrates that, while the United States and Canada have much in common when it comes to urban development, there are important structural and historical differences between the immigrant experiences in these two countries.
Keep This, Toss That answers all of these questions and much more. Featuring dozens of illustrated Keep/Toss Checklists, the book shows you exactly what you need—and what you can safely toss, regret-free (even if you’re a sentimentalist or saver)—in every room of your house, for each hobby or activity, and even online. It also includes:
• quick tips on clever storage solutions
• tools and utensils that can do double duty
• advice on how to customize the lists to suit your house, your family, and your lifestyle Answering the one key question you need to get organized and live happily with just the stuff you love, Keep This, Toss That is the one organizing book you must have.