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  • A newly sharp knife

    How to Decide Whether to Buy, Rent, Borrow or Repair

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    A tricky question we face as members of a consumer society is not, “To buy or not to buy?” But, “How can I have access to what I need?” Shopping might be the most common means to that end, but it’s only one of many. […]

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  • Dee Superhero Serious

    SUPERHEROES WANTED!

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    If you saw an ad that said, “Superhero Wanted,” would you feel qualified to apply? Most of us would say no. And I think that needs to change. YOU can be (and likely already are) a superhero in your own life, simply by the way […]

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  • Christmas gifts - a tiny house downsizing challenge

    How to Change Obligatory Shopping Traditions

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    Let’s say you’re working on yourself to become a more conscious consumer, but then it’s the holidays or somebody’s birthday, and you’re suddenly obligated to buy stuff. And just *thinking* about how to explain to your sister that you’d rather not buy her son the […]

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  • Live Large Market Icon

    Introducing The Build Small Live Large Summit!

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    Are you curious about tiny homes on wheels, but equally curious about other kinds of little houses? Maybe you’ve considered building a backyard cottage, or dreamed of living in a pocket community of neighbors and friends. If you’re interested in the tiny house movement but […]

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  • Books

    How to Forgive Yourself for Buying Stuff You Don’t Need

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    Last week I signed up for the “Unshopping Challenge,” a commitment to buy nothing new for a month, except consumables like food and gas. I wanted to take the challenge because I’ve been thinking about my possessions more than usual lately. It’s spring cleaning time, […]

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  • Dee Williams, cheers

    Gratitude for Inspiration and Encouragement

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    I’ve been writing about gratitude this year, and the upcoming holiday weekend brings me full circle to several folks who have not only offered me their friendship, but have profoundly altered my course by providing inspiration and encouragement when I needed it most. On Memorial […]

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  • Dee Williams' Tiny House

    Little House Magic: “Connecting To People And Materials”

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    We’re celebrating two things today – Earth Day, and the paperback release of The Big Tiny, Dee Williams’ memoir about building her tiny house on wheels in 2004.  In this new excerpt, Dee shares an example of how making thoughtful choices about your building materials […]

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  • Dee and Jay at Dee's little house.

    Gratitude for Design: “Everything Had A Purpose And A Place.”

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    Years ago, a friend introduced me to 3D checkers. As a nerd, I loved this new spin on an old game; it demanded re-thinking the old moves, and it demanded a certain rigor and creativity that I loved. Designing a tiny house is no different. […]

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  • Dee House Layout

    What’s the “Value” of a Tiny House Workshop?

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    A big goal of our Tiny House Basics Workshops is to help attendees design and build a tiny house that fits them, and to do it right the first time. We answer the questions people have right now, AND give them the tools and resources […]

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  • Kent Griswold from Tiny House Blog and Dee Williams from PAD Tiny Houses

    Operation Gratitude, and Finding Courage

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    On January 1st this year, I decided to embark on a year of gratitude. I want to spend more time honoring my relationships and expressing my thanks. I also want to put in the effort to find moments of gratitude in unexpected places. It’s easy […]

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