The latest issue of Small Living Journal is now online and for this month’s issue we focused on Small Space Tricks for making the most out of tiny space living. There are four articles in this month’s issue including a guest post by Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life.
- Organizing small spaces: 10 tips to make the most out of your space – by Ryan Mitchell
- Thinking Big, While Living Small: 4 Design Ideas – by Tammy “RowdyKittens”
- 10 Guiding Principles for Living Tiny – by Hillary “Tinyhouse
- Space Saving Furniture – by Michael Janzen
Next month the focus will be on How To Design & Build a Home.
The Small Living Journal was originally the brain child of Stephanie Reiley, at Coming Unmoored. The idea was to bring together some of the key thinkers in the small house movement and co-blog on specific topics in a bi-weekly journal format. A few months ago we lost momentum… but now it’s back.
We’ve made a few minor changes including moving to a monthly publishing cycle. Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design is also acting as webmaster and project manager with the goal of keeping the quality of content high and focused on topics people want to read. The December issue is focused on Technology and Simple Living.
The next issue will be published on January 1st, 2010 and the topic will be entirely up to our readers. Michael has posted 14 potential topics in a survey. Please take a look and vote for the topic you’d like to see next.
Photo credit to Tammy at RowdyKittens
The single biggest roadblock to small living is, in my opinion, the excessive regulations that appear in the form of minimum-size requirements. Many of you that are reading this are likely looking for ways to live small yourself, and chances are that this is one of the reasons you haven’t been able to yet. But the limits of bureaucracy are not just visible in minimum size. In the county where Tyson lives, land parcels must remain a certain size with one main house on them in order to keep the area “rural.” In Portland, where Steph has her houseboat, no new houseboat slips can be created.
Finding ways to live small within a system that promotes the rapid spread of suburbia and limits or bans creative solutions is one of the biggest challenges we face, as can currently be seen in the stalled rebuilding efforts in New Orleans post-Katrina. So much red tape has kept Marianne Cusato’s Katrina Cottages from being built, despite the fact that they were hailed as lightyears better than FEMA trailers, since they could be expanded upon to create permanent dwellings. Although there is no one solution that we at SLJ have hit on, hopefully, this issue will get your wheels turning. Read the Small Living Journal Here.
Photo Credit: Amanda Abel
In this issue of the Small Living Journal we look at how more than one person can live in a tiny house. Most of the press covers the single person living in the tiny portable home.
Life for most people involves more than one person, so in this issue we tackle how multiple people can live in a tiny space.
Quoting Greg Johnson from his article: “One way of dealing with limited space more effectively is to have systems — a place for everything and everything in its place. Small places and small spaces are less forgiving when it comes to clutter. The key to having a system is having everyone know and agree upon the system.”
In this issue of the Small Living Journal we interweave the two concepts of living smaller and living in communities because they are fundamentally linked: the smaller your home, the more you take advantage of the community around you.
We can’t help but be reminded of our collective past, one that is wonderfully devoid of clutter, high energy bills, spending lots of time alone in our cars and staring at glowing boxes for 8 hours a day. Is there a way to piece together a new, community-minded existence while living small?
Read the Small Living Journal Issue 6 – Community.
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Our future plans aren’t set in stone and that is perfectly okay with us. The world is changing quickly and flexibility is an important quality. Especially, in a time of economic woes. Being able to move or change plans quickly can open the door to unforeseen opportunities.
Since our plans are lose and flexible, we’ve crafted a few guidelines for a bright future: (Tammy – RowdyKittens)
This issue of Small Living Journal focuses on our dreams, goals and plans for the future. As you read you’ll notice that each of us has a different approach. The diverse nature of our backgrounds must explain our different paths; but the one common thread is that living simply is helping us realize our dreams.
Read the Small Living Journal Issue #5 here.