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About melanie

living a small and dreaming big in an airstream trailer.

Link Love: 60

Link Love I’ll get more informational posts up when I can, but until then… it’s Link Love!

Something “comes up” every month, so you might as well budget for it. It happens.

What to do if you’ve fallen off your diet or good habits. Again, it happens.

These blinds contain flexible solar panels. We live in the future, ya’ll.

This shack and vintage camper house are super cute.

This couple built an “earthbag” home for $5,000.

This little A-frame cabin in the redwoods is dreamy.

I love a wood stove. Some of these even incorporate a cooking stove into the design.

Beware the cost of minimalism!

Melissa’s pictures of Iceland make me pumped for our trip in December.

And since Halloween will be here shortly… Cheap and easy costume ideas from Halloweens past and Cheap and easy costumes for dogs! Who doesn’t love a dog in costume?!

I hope you have a restful weekend!

Link Love: 59

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A six hour workday? I dig it.

Letting go of the need for control.

I love Carmella’s series, “With What You Have.” This is a particularly good one.

The definitive list of full-time Airstreamers. (We’re on it!)

I’m fine… Could be better. What should I do? Money advice and life advice.

“On most days, my authentic self is probably drinking wine on the couch. What do I want to be known for? Ugh, I’m not really sure.” The paradoxical quest to build a personal brand.

This gluten-free banana bread with salted caramel drizzle looks insane.

May I also offer my mama’s chocolate chip banana bread recipe? It’s famous around here.

Happy (almost) weekend!

40 Fast Ways To Clear Clutter

Fast Ways to Clear Clutter
We’re all #busy and sometimes cleaning is the last thing on our minds. I get it. But when we have less things, there’s less to clean. That’s why it’s important to periodically weed clutter from our lives. Taking the time to clear clutter can be time consuming, but if we do just a little bit each day, we’ll have less stuff in no time. Here’s 40 fast ways I’ve found to clear clutter.

  1. Use Unroll me to get clean up your inbox.
  2. Challenge yourself to get rid of one thing per day for a week.
  3. Challenge yourself to get rid of one thing everyday for a month.
  4. Send yourself a daily reminder email or alarm to declutter just one area of your house.
  5. Get rid of something as soon as you wake up in the morning.
  6. Don’t let yourself go to sleep without getting rid of something.
  7. Set a no-buy day. Don’t allow yourself to buy anything on Mondays.
  8. Before you bring anything new into the house, get rid of something old.
  9. Before every birthday or gift-giving holiday, donate something.
  10. Ask for experience gifts, like massages or movie theater gift cards for birthdays and holidays.
  11. Have a “no gifts” policy.
  12. Challenge everyone in your house to get rid of three things.
  13. Go digital! Start scanning old pictures and documents.
  14. Get rid of duplicates in one room or area of your home.
  15. Set a timer for 5 minutes, challenge yourself to get rid of as many things as possible.
  16. Cut cable– it clutters up your mind!
  17. Fill one trash bag with junk to be thrown away.
  18. Fill one trash bag with things to be donated.
  19. Clear off your kitchen counter.
  20. Clean out one drawer.
  21. Begin placing what you wear to one side of the closet, after 30 days clear out the things you haven’t worn.
  22. Put five things in their place.
  23. Straighten your bathroom while brushing your teeth.
  24. Clear your desk at the end of each day.
  25. Get rid of previous issues of magazines.
  26. Throw away expired foods.
  27. Throw away expired medicines.
  28. Go through your mail and throw the junk mail in the recycle bin.
  29. Sort through your sock drawer, throw away your holey socks.
  30. Label your spice drawer.
  31. Donate something you haven’t used in a year.
  32. Get rid of something from the most cluttered place in your home.
  33. Clean out your pantry.
  34. Make a meal with rarely used pantry items.
  35. Donate something you’ve been meaning to donate.
  36. Put the donation bag in your car so you don’t forget about it!
  37. Get rid of one “someday” or “just in case” item.
  38. The next time you “need” something, challenge yourself to make do with something you already own.
  39. Put a note in your wallet to remind you not to make unnecessary purchases.
  40. Make a gratitude list before your next shopping trip. You’ll be reminded that the best things in life aren’t things.

What are your favorite fast ways to clear clutter? Talk to me in the comments!

Link Love: 58


Can someone give me more hours in the day? Puh-lease! Better late Link Love than never?

This couple’s 170 square foot house is super cute.

In drastic contrast, this castle is on the market, complete with a fire-breathing dragon.

This garage-studio is straight out of Dr. Seuss. 

The Truth About Your Uncertain Life Path & Purpose. “Turn to the moment, and find the excruciatingly beauty in it.” (This one touched a nerve)

How to ask for forgiveness.

How to lose weight in 4 easy steps. (It’s not the kind of article you think it is. Promise.)

How cool is this zodiac constellation cake?!

Your Budweiser is 100 years old. Barf.

Did ya’ll see this video? It had me LOLing.

Happy weekend!

Link Love: 57

Link Love

I feel like I’ve been juggling 10 different balls this week. It’s time to rest, get my head straight and drop some of those balls– on purpose! Until then, there’s Link Love.

This family is selling a house for $199 if you write the winning essay.

KOA and Airstream are giving away a 16′ Airstream sport!

Some good tips for decluttering.

Owning less is great, wanting less is better.

Ways to customize your Ikea furniture, no hacking required.

Top-rated side jobs for extra cash.

How to get the best deal on prescriptions, insured or not.

Dwelling on your money mistakes means you’ll probably repeat them.

How to build a home for less than $50,000 (a video!)

My friend, Ethan wrote a book about tiny house parking! It’s one of the questions I get asked the most and I’m so glad he’s addressing the issue in book form. It’s available on Amazon for just $2.99!

Happy almost weekend!

2015 Garden Report

George tilling

I’ve had a few people ask about the results of my garden–which is super flattering. I still love gardening, I just didn’t keep statistics like I did last year. It can be time consuming to log everything you grow.

Beginning Garden

This year I planted zucchini, cherry and heirloom tomatoes, crookneck squash, peppers, potatoes and carrots. I planted the zucchini and carrots first. Too much rain washed all of the zucchini out of my garden and the carrots were washed all over the garden. The carrots ended up growing in chunks instead of neat rows. I was very disappointed about the zucchini because it was a huge crop for me last year. And it makes great noodles!

Mature Garden

Since I planted more tomatoes this year, I had a great crop. The cherry tomatoes have produced for months and are still producing! (I don’t expect this to happen for much longer.) The heirloom tomatoes did well, but I think I had a slight case of blight and they didn’t reach their full size potential.


On a funny note, I must have bought the wrong pepper seeds. I thought I bought sweet peppers, but the peppers ended up being so hot that we couldn’t eat them! I managed to put a few into salsa and chili, and give some away, but most of the peppers ended up uneaten. I hate waste, but when I bit into one, I couldn’t breathe. They were that hot.

squash and tomatoes purple potatoes

The squash bloomed and produced for a good two weeks, then died suddenly. But for those two weeks, it was a stunner! My purple potatoes were the biggest surprise. Since they grow underground, I felt like it was a huge gamble. The flowering part of the potato plants looked great, but I had no idea what was going on under the surface. When I finally dug them up, I was so relieved. I ended up getting pounds of potatoes off of two starter potatoes!


Although I spread nutritious soil on the surface of my garden, next year, I will probably dig deeper or use raised beds. The soil where I live is incredibly sandy and I think it has resulted in poor growth and small veggies.

Every year I learn something new with this little garden.

Did you plant a garden this year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


Link Love: 56

Link Love “I’ve decided that this fall will not be about gathering more stuff. I am not going to add additional stress to my life or fill counters and closets with more unneeded items. Instead, I am going to gather happiness—happiness to sustain me this winter … happiness to sustain me when I encounter life’s difficult trials … happiness to sustain me in my ripe old age.” – A Season to Gather Happiness

I talked a little about how to not do ALL THE TECHNOLOGY this week, but really, it’s about not doing it all.

5 tricks to avoid budget burnout.

And similarly… Fight budget burnout with smaller, but more frequent indulgences.

How to be more interesting than a phone. Alexandra Franzen just gets it, ya’ll.

Lately I’ve been dreaming of a wood fire hot tub. Here’s a DIY version.

And because we’re talking about luxury… Really very good chocolate pudding.

I hope your weekend is luxurious!