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Month: July 2017

Tiny Houses, Reasons to buy one.

Tiny Houses Reasons to buy one.

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Want to simplify your life? Want to lower your monthly expenses? Want to reduce your dependency on your job? Tiny houses may be the answer for you and your family.

Below is a list of the many benefits of owning a tiny home. Here we go…

Less initial cost
A tiny house is obviously smaller than a traditional home. There are less materials and the labor required to build it because of it’s size. Since tiny homes often have most of the features a traditional house has (kitchen, plumbing, roof, flooring) the price per square foot is usually more expensive. But since overall size of the house is so much smaller, the overall price is only a fraction of traditional homes.

Less energy consumption
Tiny homes require much less energy to heat and cool simply because they have much less interior air space. Since many tiny homes are on wheels, a tiny house owner could move their house under a large tree in the summer, and out into the sun during the winter. Two additional culprits for significant energy consumption are refrigerators and hot water heaters. Both are typically smaller in a tiny house and consume far less energy. Another use of energy is your own energy. It doesn’t take long to tidy up a very small dwelling. I have seen folks who have been very creative with reducing their tiny house’s energy consumption and making use of the fact that their home is very small. Solar panels, wood stoves, wind turbines, compost toilets, the list goes on and on.

Less water consumption and trash
If you have a small shower and small hot water heater, chances are your showers will be alot shorter. If you have a small trash can, chances are you will generate less trash. Using less water and producing less trash is both good for environment and your wallet.

Less cost for repairs
Repair costs for your tiny home are simply a matter of mathematics. The cost to replace the roof of a 2,000 square foot home will be alot less than the cost of a 300 square foot home. This is of course because of the reduction in materials and labor.

Less insurance
Insurance for your home can add up quickly, especially when it comes time to use it. Tiny houses cost much less to insure because they are less valuable. Many insurance companies consider tiny houses on wheels to be an RV. Since insurance companies aren’t non profits and are in business to make money, you will often have difficulty getting the money from them. By owning a tiny home you can minimize the amount you give to them in the first place.

More disposable income
All of the above reasons listed for buying a tiny house have been focused on “less”. Less consumption, less money out of pocket. All of this leads to having more money in the bank at your disposal. If you write a list of your recurring expenses, you’ll quickly realize that costs associated with your home represent the majority of your expenses. By owning and living in a tiny house, you are slashing your living expenses at every level.

More freedom
When you own and live in a small house, you free up your two most precious resources, money and time, not to mention some of Earth’s most precious resources…water and energy. Does your current standard of living prevent you from working at the job you want? Does it prevent you from going on vacations and taking time off when you like? Do you have to sacrifice spending time doing exactly what you want simply to pay your bills? Are you worried about the Earth and environment and leaving it in good shape for those that follow us? By living in a tiny house, you free up money by cutting expenses in a big way. You use less natural resources. You free up time by spending less of it cleaning and maintaining your home. You trade square feet for freedom.

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Gratitude Really is an Attitude

Gratitude Really is an Attitude

I try to find gratitude in the everyday world and most times, I’m fairly good at it. But, like everyone, I can find myself worrying about small things and letting them cloud the good.

So, today, I’m recommitting myself to look for gratitude and goodness. I hope you will do so as well.

Steps to finding gratitude:

o If you’re having a tough day, stay in the here and now. It’s so easy to focus on all the things that have gone wrong, especially in times of struggle. When something’s not quite right in our lives, we have a tendency to remember all the other things that haven’t been right, big and small. Work hard to focus only on the current struggle.

Then:

o Focus on the things that are right in your life. It would be a rare life that has nothing positive. Write them down, over and over, if necessary. Keep the list where you can see it! Review it every time you want to wallow in the negative.

o Keep photos of your loved ones everywhere: home, office, wallet, etc. When you can see those you love, it’s hard to avoid gratitude. If they are happy and healthy, you have so much to be grateful for; the other less positive things will take a back seat.

o Share the positives with others. If you make a point of telling others what’s going well in our life, you will be more apt to focus on this. And, as a side effect, others will certainly enjoy your company more than if you are continually complaining. Both negative and positive are contagious. Choose to spread the positive!

o Smile! It’s been said that if you smile a lot, people will wonder what you’ve been up to. It will also send a message to others and to yourself that you have things in your life to smile about. This is gratitude! And Laugh alot. Because when you laugh it gives you gratitude and makes you happy more and that’s also contagious. So, stay positive and happy with gratitude.

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Easy Life Hacks

Easy Life Hacks

You can’t always get the luxury of having all things around you. There are times when you need something but you don’t have it with you. What will you do? The interesting thing is that there are so many other things around us that have additional usage/usages apart from their normal use. Just make your brain work a little and you will make something useful even from the trash. Here are some easy life hacks that are so amazing if you realize their potential.

Got a leaky faucet? How to temporarily stop the noise coming out from the leakage?

A leaky faucet is too irritating; it won’t let you sleep. So, how can you make the noise go away? The answer is quite easy. Simply take a thread, tie one end of the thread on the tip of the leaky tap and leave the other end on the faucet. Remember that the thread should go down from under the tap and not over the tap. The leaking water drop will flow down through the thread and there will be no noise. But, remember this is just a temporary solution. Ultimately, you have to get a plumber to fix the leakage.

Your garden is dry because the sprinkler is not working?

This is a common case with almost every household. Getting problems with sprinklers? No worries, make your own! All you need is a Pepsi bottle and loads of duct tapes. Put your water pipe inside the bottle and make the bottle air-tight by wrapping around loads of duct tape on the bottle’s neck and the pipe. Open the tap and let the bottle get filled. Just the moment it gets filled make some holes on the bottle using a pointed tool. That’s it you have your homemade sprinkler.

Getting bored on a long road trip, what to do?

The answer is simple. Put your mobile phone in a zip lock bag, and mount the bag on the back of the seat in front of you; you can use some tape to stick the bag. Make a hole in the bag and watch a movie, song, or whatever you like.

How to separate egg yolk from white?

Not everyone is a chef and not everyone knows the art of separating yolk from egg white just by hands. Besides, you don’t want to get your hands dirty. But, the truth is anyone can easily separate yolk from egg white. Break the egg on a plate, get an empty Pepsi bottle and squeeze it a little. Turn the bottle upside down, bring it close to the egg yolk and slowly release the bottle. The yolk will automatically get inside the bottle as it get’s sucked in. There you have your egg white and yolk separated.

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