In Celebration of National Underwear Day We Present You with Brittany’s Minimalist Wardrobe

One of the big downsizing steps people take when moving into a tiny space is to pare down their closets. The other day Brittany Taylor posted an update video on her minimalist wardrobe. As today is National Underwear Day, we thought it timely to share this extreme downsizing video. Brittany has taken pairing-down (misspelling & pun intended) to an extreme and at 6 minutes & 50 seconds you’ll see what we mean.

You can learn more about Brittany Taylor on her blog, Simple Living and Travel, and subscribe to her YouTube channel.

Tiny Transition and Downsizing 8-Week E-Course with Mariah Coz

The following is a guest post from Mariah Coz.

The next session of Tiny Transition and Downsizing, the 8-week e-course, begins on March 1st, 2015. You can register for the class and see all the details here!

Tiny Transition + W is the 8-week course that fundamentally changes your relationship with stuff and helps you de-clutter, downsize, and clear out your home and mind, in a step-by-step zero-overwhelm environment. Registration is open for the session beginning on March 1st. Preparing to transition into a tiny home, RV, trailer or cabin? Just want to clear your space and get some sanity in your current home? This is for you.

I’ve been getting emails from students who have completed the class, and I keep hearing this one thing that’s really stood out to me:

“I’ve tried everything before – read books, articles, blogs, bought all the containers – I’ve been trying to downsize for YEARS. But nothing worked until I took this class. This was totally different. It finally clicked.”

I love that. It really gets to the heart of what this course is all about: it’s NOT a bunch of downsizing and organizing tips  – it’s a paradigm shift in how you think about stuff, clutter, mental space and physical things. It changes the way you think about “stuff” so that you can get EXCITED about getting rid of what you don’t need and start living the way you want to.

It’s practical, step by step lessons AND the support you need to back it up and make it stick.

When I started the Tiny Transition and Downsizing class, I hoped that it would be helpful and motivating, but I had no idea that teaching it would allow me to witness the absolutely amazing things the class has accomplished.

Tens of thousands of items purged. 

Money saved and dollars kept in pockets, instead of spent on “stuff”. 

Bad habits broken and replaced with good, healthy ones. 

Unfulfilling jobs and relationships told to hit the road, to make room for the new joys of living simple. 

People have cleared out ad sold their homes during the 8 weeks and actually moved into their tiny home shortly after.

I’m literally floored by the courageous and incredible things people accomplish within the group. The combination of motivation, accountability, friendship and step by step instruction that the course provides is a powerful force.

I want to invite you to be a part of the next session of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing course.

When you sign up for Tiny Transition + Downsizing, you get:

  • 8 weeks of downsizing lessons and challenges (it’s like Downsizing bootcamp!)
  • LIFETIME access to the private class forum
  • Accountability, support, motivation and camaraderie from me and your classmates
  • The tools you need to simplify your home, mind, and LIFE starting right now.

I’ve been told that the group is a catalyst for lifelong change. That’s because we not only go through how to eliminate all sorts of crap from your life and space, but because we fundamentally change your relationship with “stuff”. It has the cascading effect of positively influencing every area of your life.

Here’s what some recent students had to say about their experience:

“This was the most helpful and inspiring course I have ever taken! I have learned so many things, gained new friends and have become more inspired to downsize my life. My life is forever changed (all for the better) after this course! Thank you for taking the time to create and make available to us this information to improve our quality of life!” — Shelby

“This class has single-handedly changed my thinking and life. The email course is rocking my world with the “how” to do this, the access to the associated group forum is invaluable. You could lurk and never post with this group and it’ll change your thinking and life.” – Andrea Mortensen

“In fact, I am more convinced than ever that taking this course to figure out how to ease into the whole downsizing process thoughtfully and gradually was one of the best moves I could have made, especially because of all the incredible support that this group provides in so many ways.” – Jack

“Mariah’s Tiny Transition E-Course was fantastic!  She provides tons of useful tips on how to start your downsizing journey and her encouragement and support are truly amazing.  One of my favorite things about this course was the incredibly supportive and engaged online community.  This course helped me jumpstart my own downsizing journey and gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my dreams.  This course will help you overcome obstacles, it will provide encouragement and it will help you succeed on your own downsizing journey!”  – Lora Higgins

“I took the challenge and am so glad I did. Even if you never “live” in a tiny house I found that the course helped me to look inside myself and found out all kinds of things about ME! I am truly grateful for the experience. You will find yourself very proud of what you will accomplish!” – Diane

I hope you’ll join us for the next session of Tiny and Downsizing! Class starts March 1st and you can register here!

Tiny Transition + Downsizing E-Course Now Open for Registration

This is a guest post from Mariah Coz.

Are you looking for a simpler, smaller life in the New Year?

What if this year you could…

  • Clear your space and mind of clutter, making room for what’s important to you
  • Change your entire mindset and outlook on “stuff”, finally finding peace and focus
  • Meet a group of soon-to-be lifelong friends who share your outlook and values and are on your same path towards simple living
  • Get the motivation and support you need to make major life-changes for the better
  • Make real, tangible steps to getting into a tinier, happier life

The upcoming Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course is now open for registration. Class will begin on January 4th, 2015. If you feel like the list above describes what you’re looking for this year, you should join us.

No clutter, no fluff, no “10 tips for organizing your life” tips that don’t work at all. Tiny Transition is just honest, practical, action-packed, life-changing lessons to change your relationship with stuff, change how your home feels, change your destructive habits and introduce better ones.

“This was the most helpful and inspiring course I have ever taken! I have learned so many things, gained new friends and have become more inspired to downsize my life. My life is forever changed (all for the better) after this course! Thank you for taking the time to create and make available to us this information to improve our quality of life!” — Shelby, Tiny Transition + Downsizing Course graduate

When you sign up for the Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course, you get:

  • 8 weeks of downsizing lessons and challenges (it’s like Downsizing bootcamp!)
  • LIFETIME access to the private class forum
  • Accountability, support, motivation and camaraderie from me and your classmates
  • The tools you need to simplify your home, mind, and LIFE starting right now.

I hope that you’ll join me and your classmates for the January session of the Tiny Transition + Downsizing E-Course. If you’ve been thinking about joining but haven’t taken the leap, what better time than right now, at the fresh start of a new year.

We’ll help you get your life in order once and for all, not with gimmicky organizing tricks, but with REAL lasting, mentally and physically challenging lessons to downsize your stuff, your stress, your expenses, and your life.
I really hope to see you in there, and I look forward to supporting you on this journey!
What have others gotten out of the class? I’ll let them tell you.
“The content was very organized and easy to understand and definitely helpful! I have made so much progress by having this step by step map to know what to attack first instead of just looking at the mess and getting frustrated with where to start.” — Darlene, Tiny Transition graduate
“Each lesson was so well planned and thought out, with appropriate suggestions (and homework!). I appreciated your personal recommendations and was challenged and will continue to be challenged as I make the transitions suggested. Thank you for taking the time to downsize yourself(!) and then to write it and share with us. I highly recommend the Tiny Transition E-Course.” — Bonnie, Tiny Transition graduate
“Mariah, this was a fantastic class- I am so thankful I took it!!! Reading & re-reading each lesson gave me tons of inspiration & direction. I felt everyone’s excitement & drive behind me to do the work of minimization, and I’m seeing great results.”  – Beth
“In fact, I am more convinced than ever that taking this course to figure out how to ease into the whole downsizing process thoughtfully and gradually was one of the best moves I could have made, especially because of all the incredible support that this group provides in so many ways.” – Jack Daniel

You can join us in the next session of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course by registering here. Class begins on January 4th. I hope to see you there!

Tiny Transition + Downsizing E-Course Now Enrolling!

The following is a guest post from Mariah Coz.

The popular Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course is now open for registration for the next session, which will begin on October 5th. When you sign up for the Tiny Transition + Downsizing class, you get:

  • 8 weeks of downsizing lessons and challenges (it’s like Downsizing bootcamp!)
  • LIFETIME access to the private class forum
  • Accountability, support, motivation and camaraderie from me and your classmates
  • The tools you need to simplify your home, mind, and LIFE starting right now.

Here’s how the class works:

Once a week, you receive the lesson for the week. You can work on the course material at your own convenience throughout the week. Lessons include actions, tasks, challenges, reading, and more. There are no “live” calls that you must attend, since we are all in different time zones (and there are people in the class from all over the world!). Then, you have 24/7 (LIFETIME) access to the private class forum so that you can connect with your peers and myself, ask questions, get support and motivation, share successes, and meet people who share your ideas, values, and goals. The forum is my favorite part and the class agrees!

“”This class has single-handedly changed my thinking and life. The email course is rocking my world with the “how” to do this, the access to the associated group forum is invaluable. You could lurk and never post with this group and it’ll change your thinking and life.” – Andrea Mortensen

I love getting to know everyone through their journeys. We’re all here with you along for the ride! It’s amazing to see people making such REAL, TANGIBLE (and quite honestly very IMPRESSIVE) changes in their lives as a result of doing the class with a group of newfound friends. Last session, we had one woman quit her unhappy job in order to pursue more creative endeavors, right after reading a particular lesson! We’ve seen class members sell their homes, move into tiny homes and RVs, hit the road, and find real freedom in the span of 8 weeks. I’ve witnessed group members leave corporate life to volunteer full-time and work with animals, all made possible by radical downsizing. Each person’s story is unique, and it’s a real honor to be able to see all these people make courageous changes in real time. And you don’t have to have solid plans to “go tiny” to do the class – we have many people in the class just there to reclaim some sanity in their homes, minds and lives.

Downsizing is HARD. But you don’t have to do it all alone.

I went from living in a cluttered, messy, out of control 1500 sq. ft., into my 100 sq. ft. vintage trailer, and then into my 35 sq. ft. Honda Element micro-camper (that we designed and built) and it took me years to accomplish. It’s an ongoing process. It requires you to think critically and intentionally about what you want your life to look and feel like, instead of just going through the motions of work-sleep-spend money-repeat. 99% percent of the people you meet won’t accept the challenge.

Will you?

You can join us in the next session of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course by registering here. Class begins on October 5th. I hope to see you there!

The World Is Catching on to the Tiny House Movement

There’s a tiny house movement worldwide that aims to reduce carbon footprints and greenhouse emissions.  Some of the homes are as small as 70 square feet.  Most are under a thousand square feet, but are designed so well that they feel cavernous to those accustomed to larger dwellings.  Learn more about space-saving and compact living from this info graphic.” – The Tiny House Movement [Infographic].

Downsizing to a Tiny House to Find Big Happiness

By her own admission, Dee Williams was living the American dream. She had a three bedroom house in Portland, Oregon, a backyard and a 30-year mortgage. But everything changed when she fainted in the grocery store one day. ‘I’m an outdoor person and I’m a runner, a climber, a very athletic person,’ says the writer and sustainability advocate. ‘One morning I woke up in an ICU room in the hospital and I had had a heart attack, and shortly after that was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.’” – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Read and listen to the story, Downscaling to a tiny house to find big happiness

Dee Williams – 305 Possessions in 84 Square Feet

From time to time, Dee Williams does a possession count. The last tally was 305… When your house is 84 square feet, life gets pared down.” – NYTimes.com

Read the complete article, Square Feet: 84. Possessions: 305. at The New York Times. A new tiny house book, The Big Tiny by Dee Williams, is launching soon with a book tour. Visit Dee Williams’s website for book tour locations and dates.

Photo credit to NYTimes.com.

He’s Selling this Tiny House and Moving into Something Smaller

My wife and I have a 20ft x 8.5ft home built on a trailer that we are putting up for sale. We built it and have lived in it for a year and a half. It is licensed as a “homemade RV” and has license plates. The home is wonderful, we really enjoy it but, surprisingly have decided to move into something smaller.” – Tiny House Listings

See more about this Tiny House, and Moving Into Something Smaller.

Tiny House Design Workshop with Lina Menard

Two years ago I downsized from a 2-bedroom bungalow to a tiny house on wheels. A year ago I downsized again to a 12-ft diameter yurt and embarked upon My 200 Things Challenge. These days I live in a 130 square foot tiny house on wheels and I’ve made space-efficient housing both my livelihood and my lifestyle…

Now I’m excited to offer a 1-day Tiny House Design Workshop to help people new to design capture their tiny homes and a Decluttering Workshop series to share the tips and tricks that have helped me in my right-sizing journey.” – Lina

Continue reading to learn more about Lina’s workshop…

Calgary Family Trades in Spacious Home for Tiny House

More extreme downsizing stories hitting the main stream media. Be sure to cast your vote in the survey at the bottom of the linked article.

“A Calgary family is building a tiny new abode on wheels that holds roughly 300 square feet of living space.

Kirsten Shaw and Michael Hunt plan to pull up stakes in Calgary in the spring and drive with one son through the United States for a year.”

via Calgary family trades in spacious home for tiny house – Calgary – CBC News.