Does your fixed-gear bicycle have too many moving parts? Well, have I got the solution for you!
will travel through 12 countries in 42 days
, with his current location updated here
. He intends to do all this with no luggage
, no backpack, no man purse -- not even a fanny pack. [via mefi projects
Simplicity is highly overrated.
Why people prefer feature-bloat.
Meet the radical homemakers
. Shannon Hayes tells the stories
of men and women with ecological and feminist sensibilities who leave behind the world of academia and careers in favor of simple living and "reclaiming domesticity from a consumer culture."
With the economic downturn and a steady downward trend in family sizes
, the end of the McMansion
could be at hand. Some people are living in
and building tiny houses
) to decrease their impact on the environment, while others can't afford more (or wish to own something small instead of paying off something big). Sergio Santos
saw his small budget and limited space as a challenge
), maximizing his 77 square foot space as a bedroom, office, and mini-kitchen. Claire Wolf lists the four pieces of living small
: building, gadgeting, decorating, and coping. If these spaces are too small for you, Dan Maginn
suggest 900 square feet for a 2 bed, 2 bath house, and outlines how to design your own small home
(his tips: think "events" more than "rooms," and don't forget the cupboards and water heater closet).
"We want to be in clean country with like-minded people with access to clean food. . . . The question is, Do I have Internet access in the woods?"
The New York Times has the story of an Austin family that has decided to give away almost all of their worldly possessions in exchange for a simpler more sustainable life. Could you do it? [more inside]
? Why not play instead?
And live simply somewhere
life's a calm pleasure? And don't forget to blow
your kids' college
funds on vacations.
For further inspiration, there's The Abolition of Work
and The Play Ethic
How small could you go? Tumbleweed houses
, the m-house
, the wee house
, the mobile hermitage
and other varieties of tiny houses
serve as charming abodes, offices, or retreats. Some are evocative of the gypsy vardo
or the caravan.
Many aficionados are attracted by the whimsy
while others see small space homes as a vital cornerstone for sustainable living