Maker to the Rescue: Peterson Neon Resurrects Makey at Maker Faire Bay Area

May 19, 2018

When my team from Make: broke Neon Makey on his way into our Maker Faire booth, we were grief-stricken. Plus, we didn’t budget for “We broke it!” Fortunately the original maker is on the scene this weekend as an exhibitor…Can she fix it?
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Qualcomm Celebrates Three Years of DragonBoard 410c at Maker Faire With Games, an LED Helmet, and a Robot Dress

May 19, 2018

In May 2015 at Maker Faire Bay Area, Qualcomm unveiled the DragonBoard 410c, a powerful, diminutive single board computer aimed at bringing makers into the orbit of the semiconductor giant. Leveraging the Snapdragon processor, it offers a 64-bit quad core running at 1.2 Ghz, 8 GB of flash memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, […]

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The Quote That Finally Changed My Mind on Minimalism

May 19, 2018

I’ve always had sort of a personal gripe with the minimalist movement. It’s a complicated cluster of feelings, but I can boil down my difficulty with minimalism into three words: I like stuff.

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This Sustainable “Earthship” Home Cost Less Than $10k to Build — House Tour

May 19, 2018

Name: Taylor and Steph
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Size: 560 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Some people dream of living off the land, going off grid, building a home by hand — getting closer to nature and being more sustainable. Taylor and Steph (Find them on Instagram: @nomadic.roots) have done just that. Their dedication to used and found building materials (not to mention a lot of hard, dirty work) resulted in a cozy 560 square foot home…that cost less than $10,000 to build.

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We’re All Using Clorox Wipes Wrong, Apparently

May 19, 2018

For most of us, the invention of Clorox Wipes is right up there with the invention of the wheel or fire. They are simply one of those things that make you wonder how you ever lived in the dark ages before their existence. Especially since, as is the case with these disinfecting wipes, you love them and use them for just about everything.

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This 365 Square Foot Tiny House On a Private Beach Is Relaxation Goals

May 19, 2018

Since exotic beach getaways are always high on the priority list (or at least, they should be), here’s a Greek rental house that you’re sure to swoon over. Listed on Glamping Hub, the dreamy ocean-facing tiny house is an hour and a half drive from Thessaloniki on a private beach in Paliouri, Chalkidik, also known as Halkidiki. The exclusive spot promises views of the Aegean Sea and soothing scents of pine.

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A Stylish $50 DIY Solution for Hiding Home Entertainment Devices

May 19, 2018

When you live in a small apartment like Mary (366 square feet), finding the right home for everything is a priority. Having already made over her kitchen and closet to suit her needs, Mary was no stranger to crafting custom, diy solutions for her small space. Her next project: creating a stylish setup for her home entertainment devices and hiding those cords!

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A First-Time Homeowner Aims for “Minimalist Hygge” — House Call

May 19, 2018

Name: Lauren White
Location: Sacramento, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, owned

This is the first home I’ve ever owned. I’m single, and have a full-time job as well as owning my own photography business, so when looking for a home to purchase, I wanted something that was new and wouldn’t require any flipping or renovation. I found this new development with the perfect 1,100 square foot condo for me!

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Use Keurig K Cups or Coffee Pods? This Storage Hack’s For You

May 19, 2018

Use Keurig K cups or Nespresso coffee pods? If yours live in one of those bulky carousels on your counter, or take up an entire drawer, they are using precious kitchen real estate. Here’s a great quick (and temporary) way to up your storage game with an affordable, DIY solution that frees up space, and lets you easily see and grab the flavor you want. Best of all, it only takes minutes and just a couple of bucks.

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What It’s Really Like to Downsize to 250 Square Feet

May 19, 2018

I always considered myself to be non-materialistic—a simple girl who isn’t wrapped up in the things she possesses. After all, it’s only stuff, right? But then I downsized.

Apartments in Washington, D.C. are crazy expensive, and a handful of years ago, my husband and I needed to do something to get a bit of a break in our living expenses. For us, downsizing to a smaller place was the logical first step. So from 1,325 square feet to 875 square feet we went.

I was so ready. I trained like an athlete, reading every article and book I could get my hands on. I watched every TV show on the topic (even the hoarding shows—which I’m not a hoarder—at least, I think I’m not). I approached it feeling confident, secure, and ready to tackle the task with pure logic and reason.

But when I opened my closet to start, I felt an overwhelming panic that I was about to lose everything. You know all those TV shows where the people make downsizing look painless, even fun? That wasn’t me. I had meltdowns and hyperventilated (which really made me question some things about myself).

But eventually I did it. It was a complete paradigm shift for sure and I realized there’s something about the stuff we collect: We want it and don’t want to part with it. But—if we’re all being honest with ourselves—there’s some stuff we insist on keeping that we never use, or even see for that matter. It stays tucked in a drawer or closet, never seeing the light of day. At least that is how it was for me.

After realizing this, I took the purging in stages and eventually found that everything I truly needed to own could fit in the back of a compact car. I realized my pots and pans, cutlery set, and coffee pot were things I actually needed… everything else was just fluff.

I did eventually miss some things, but they were few and far between—a couple of books that were special to me and my extremely cool (but quite large) coffee maker. But saying goodbye to these ultimately left me feeling freer and lighter; I hadn’t realized how bogged down I was. It was a simpler life, and I learned to love it.

So I spent a couple of years in 875 square feet of bliss (and 875 square feet of stuff). But my three-hour commute to work in The District eventually started to wear on me. And I found the competitive, agenda-heavy environment I worked in started to feel like sandpaper against my more idealistic nature. I started having migraines, heartburn, insomnia, and anxiety. I wanted to help people, but I felt like a fish out of water.

So when my branch downsized and my position was cut, I took it as a sign. I did not pursue other offers in other agencies. Instead, my husband and I chose to walk away from the six figure income and go simple—or rather simpler. I knew that there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing—and I was right. So, we decided to go tiny. Really, really tiny, as in 250 square feet of tiny.

And thus Downsize 2.0 began.

Even though I had gone through it before, a downsizing of that magnitude really shocked my system. I was an anxiety-ridden mess for a small portion of it but, just like the first purging experience, once I got my sea legs it wasn’t so bad.

Now, a little over five years after my 250-square-feet downsizing, I look around my tiny space and feel even more comfortable. Life feels so light now. The biggest lesson I learned, I believe, is that sometimes we have stuff, but sometimes our stuff has us. Downsizing allowed me to break free from all that and get back to the things that are really important. I feel free, content, and really truly happy. I have less, that’s true, but I have so much more. Now I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now, without further ado, the four things I realized that made downsizing so much easier.

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