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House-Proud Poverty – LivingMini®

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Shoeless in ET

It is estimated that 318 million people live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day. In 1998, the World Bank classified 61 countries as low–income (poor).

But by 2001, the number of “extremely poor” nations …

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Balinese Hut at Puri Mas Paradise – LivingMini®

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Puri_Mas_Lounge_2I love Lombok – an Indonesian island in the western Nusa Tenggara group, directly across the Bali Sea.

This was my first stop after my 6 weeks in Australia and I was primed for some invigorating culture and spicy food. …

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Kayak Camping – Extreme Living – LivingMini®

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Fiord_KayakWhile in New Zealand’s South Island, I embarked on a 3-day fiord kayaking trip on Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park. There were just 4 of us, 3 crazy adventurers and our 21-year-old guide Tara. Out in the middle of …

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Living Mini: In Hotel So Style – LivingMini®

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Hotel_So_AmbianceIn Christchurch, I stayed in an adorable hotel called Hotel So. It was built according to the principles of Living Mini: affordable, ergonomically designed and environmentally friendly. My type of place!

Mood Lighting

The rooms at Hotel So are extremely …

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Costco Craziness – LivingMini®

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Costco_ErinFor the record, I got rid of my Costco membership years ago –partially because it was tainted with bad memories of someone taking me on a “date” to the food court. Really? Really!

Of course, another reason to ditch the …

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Step this Way: Stair Storage – LivingMini®

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

bookcase_stairs_4I consider myself a pretty savvy organizer. But my new friend Stephanie let me in on a secret: Stair Storage. Ingenious!

Now, we all know about utilizing shelves under the stairs – this is a no brainer. But “stairs as …

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Chew on this: Your Clothes Challenge – LivingMini®

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Closet-2Two months ago, I wrote a post called A French Twist on Living Mini, where I pledged that by Nov. 1, I would whittle my wardrobe to 25 + 1 items, 5 + 1 coats and 5 + 1 pairs …

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How to Sell Your Stuff: 7 Easy Steps – LivingMini®

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Mini_Side_ViewI make my living as a strategist, so as I look at liquidating my household, I want to have a definite game plan. Here it is:

Step #1: Set a Threshold

Setting a threshold is the linchpin of my strategy.  …

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Out of the Closet – LivingMini®

Monday, August 9th, 2010


It’s summer and it’s hot and we’re really not wearing a lot of clothes anyway.  And let’s face it, if we haven’t lost the extra pounds by now, we’re probably not gonna this year.

What does this mean? It’s time …

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Hide it Under the Bed – LivingMini®

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Storage Made Simple

This is a quintessential NYC storage tip: Use the space under your bed in lieu of a linen closet. Check out under-bed storage options at the Container Store, California Closets, and Target.

4 Easy Steps to Under-Bed Storage:

  1. 1. Buy

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