8 Benefits You Can Make Happen by Living Simply

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8. More time for exercising or just walking

7. More time for cooking healthy home made meals

6. Lower monthly living expenses so you can spend on what’s most important to you instead

5. More time for personal development so you can grow spiritually and live out your purpose

4. More time to follow and advance in your career or business

3. More resources and time to pursue giving back to charities and causes that inspire you

2. The opportunity to retire from your job earlier than you thought and transition over to your passion/purpose

1. The freedom and opportunity to build a life on your own terms

Also- you don’t have to get into a TINY house to do all this.

You can accomplish these things over time by applying simple living principles to your current life.

Just ask yourself, “what’s the one thing I can do to simplify my life right now that will make things easier and or maybe even unnecessary?”

And see what your brain comes up with!

It might be de-cluttering a drawer, putting away a bunch of papers/mail on your counter, cleaning out your desk…

Or even better ignoring everything (including this article) and spending time with a loved one (or a coworker)!

…or giving away 5 things you own that you don’t really have any use for anymore.

Just remember to start small. Do what you can with what’s in front of you… with what’s easy and obvious.

If you’re at work, for example, maybe it’s to be in the moment and find appreciation for your job so you can bring some purpose back to it?

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Reclaimed Tiny Cabin in the Angeles National Forest

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This is Daniel Kent’s cabin by a stream in the Angeles National Forest in southern California. He used to be an actor but he has lots of other talents, too. He can brew his own beer, roast his own coffee, teach and run his own business (he owns a coffee shop).

His cabin is home and was designed by a shipbuilder who is good at making the most out of small spaces. The ladder to the loft is retractable, the couch and coffee table turns into a guest bed, and it is made out of reclaimed wood from another cabin that used to be on the property.

Read more and see more over at Brian Ferry’s page here.

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Photographer: Brian Ferry @ The Blue Hour

Some of Brian’s prints are available to purchase here.

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Would You Live Simply in this Micro Cabin?

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“Each Log Cabin has been created keeping in mind our guests needs and comforts. The aesthetically designed living areas inspire and enhance the spirit, mind body and soul. Accommodates 2 and is ideally suited for couples.
Its lies across the chapora river and fort, along the north Goa coastline on a beautiful secluded beach called Morjim.
The beach is popularly known as Turtle Beach where the famous Olive Ridley turtles lay their eggs.” (source)

“This place embraces the atmosphere of a Goan village. This is consist of Log Cabins, Luxury Tents, Casa de Mudanc’a, and a Beach Villa spread over an area of 100,000 sq ft of beach front property, in a coconut grove bordering the white sands of Morjim beach.” (source)

Would you live simply in a micro cabin like this? By yourself or with a loved one? Share what you’d like best about it living this simply in the comments below.

Book a stay in one of these cabins and see photos of more and learn about the area here.

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The Skinny House Tiny Red Cottage and 3 Quotes on Simplifying

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Photo by JMReidy

I found this skinny house to be really interesting. I mean, it’s a 3-story cottage and it’s still pretty tiny! Not sure what else to say about it, so I gathered a few of my favorite quotes on simplicity to share with you and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the cabin and the quotes in the comments if you’d be willing to share.

3 of my Favorite Quotes on Simplicity

“We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“… in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

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Simple Living in a Converted School Bus

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I thought you might find this converted school bus a bit inspiring for simple living. I’ve always liked the idea of using reclaimed materials to build a home. And even better the idea of using something like an old school bus or even a used shipping container to create a new home.

And this photo just says so much to me. This couple looks to be focused on the right things. Each other. And their new family (she looks pregnant). Keeping things simple, not worrying about money and just building a good life without using or needing much.

Photographer and Original Source Unknown

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Tiny Garden House and 3 Quotes on Living Simply

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Photo Credit FlickR/Jolly Roberts

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” ― E.F. Schumacher

“Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.” ― Lao Tzu

“In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East — especially in India — I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening wihtout a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving — it is not in the result of loving. ” ― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

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Tiny Cottage that Exudes Simplicity

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I love the pleasant looking vibe this particular tiny house gives off. It’s small yet grand at the same time. I absolutely love it.

Looks like a house I’d be happy to get up in the morning and walk out the door with a smile in my face while holding my hot cup of Tazo green tea.

Seems to be 350-500 square feet, what would you say? I wonder what the interior looks like, seems to have potential for a beautiful loft judging by the windows on top.

For me, houses like this just exude simplicity. If only builders and investors would understand that we need more humble homes like this in the world. “Like” this page if you agree!

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Simple Living in a Tiny Cabin

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It’s hard to pin down the location and source of some of these awesome tiny cabins that are floating around on the Internet.

In Vermont cabins like this are actually pretty common although they might be hard to find. But just looking at a photo like this takes me to a different place.

The craftsmanship may not be perfect, but the quality of materials always makes me happy. I love seeing homes made out of real wood.

And anytime people use materials that are still in their natural state it always seems to make me smile. (Did you notice the front porch posts?)

Photos of cabins like this always make me wonder what life would be like if lived so simply?

Tiny Attic Studio Apartment Interior

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“Formerly a rough frame over a carport, this project presented a spatial challenge for a vacation home. Working within the existing 45-degree angled roof structure, the long, narrow space was broken down into three zones to create a sense of width and flow. Great attention to detailed design makes the most of the limited space and standing area. Bunks and hidden storage are tucked beneath the eaves of the roof while skylights offer visual height. Reflecting on the agricultural setting, the bathroom is accessed by a sliding barn door. Exposed plumbing and corrugated metal walls in the open shower evoke a rustic sense of an outdoor shower.”

“Eat, Sleep, Live / Thomas Lawton Architect” 3 Jun 2013. Thomas Lawton Architect. Accessed 03 Jun 2013. <http://tlawton.com/portfolio/eat-sleep-live/>