An important facet of sustainability, minimalism encourages individuals to reduce their consumption and live a life with less stuff. Minimalism is the counterculture to consumerism, and it can take the form of people owning literally 10 items.

That being said, minimalism can mean different things to different people, and it’s the underlying theme of both homesteading and tiny living! So whether you are looking to own less stuff or have a bit more self-sufficiency, minimalism is something you should always keep in the back of your mind.

For some inspiration on living a more minimalist life, check out our article about this tiny, off-grid cabin that cost just $300 to build.

Recent Minimalism Posts

  • homestead clothesline

    Why You Should Start Using A Clothesline

    When I think of using a clothesline, I think of a conversation I had when I still lived in the city. While hanging my laundry, my neighbor’s little boy poked his head through the fence. ”Whatchoo doing?” “Hanging up my laundry.” “Ain’t you got a dryer?” “We got rid of it. The sun and the […] More

  • bulk food in jars

    Frugal Living: Everything You Need To Know

    It’s no secret that modern living is a bit of a morass of consumerism, waste, and debt. In a world where the latest smartphone debuts less than a year after its previous iteration, where the Joneses are always one step ahead of you, and where mountains of plastic are clogging up waterways and oceans, the […] More

  • school buses

    10 Amazing School Bus Conversions

    Converting a school bus into a permanent residence is a bit like a coming-of-age story. You take a school bus, probably one very similar to the one you rode in elementary school, gut it entirely, and build a tiny home out of it. To me, the whole process just feels very charming, sustainable, and appealing. […] More

  • japanese futon


    Japan has a long history of developing thoughtful, tidy design ideas. That’s why the traditional bedroom setup in Japan is perfect for anyone who lives in a tiny house or any other sort of close quarters. Why You Should Use A Shikibuton Before we get into that, think about a typical Western tiny house or […] More

  • 15 Earth Homes

    Some earth homes take advantage of something called thermal mass, which basically means that the mass of a structure has some capacity to store heat. So the mass of a home can stay at a more constant temperature than temperatures outside the home due to the presence and absence of sunlight in a 24-hour period. Obviously, […] More

  • Tiny House, Big Living

    One look at this tiny house and you feel as if you are about to enter a doll house! With bright pink walls, Villa Hermina clearly stands out from the rest of the cottages in the area. Situated outside the southern Czech town of Černín, it was created by HSH Architekti, which unfortunately is now defunct. […] More

  • DIY Prepper Project: Build Your Own Motorhome (w/ video)

    One of the topics that regularly comes up on the prepper/post-collapse pages I frequent is the bug out vehicle. Almost no other topic brings up more diverse and “energetic” opinions than what the best bug out car, truck, or SUV really is. One thing that does seem certain, however, is that you should be prepared […] More

  • 7 Ways to Rebuild Society, Burning Man Style

    Some Monday mornings you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam caused by some idiot turning themselves into Ragu by plowing into the back end of a slow-moving semi because he was trying snap a picture of his wang to send to the NSA his secret mistress/mister. On those days, it’s fun to think of […] More