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Downsizing

Paring Down

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 04.29.2013 | Fifty
Ruth Neubauer

On my back, I carry a three-bedroom, 2,200 square foot house. It all looks great. It would be great to live here with someone. But that is not going to happen, so I'm trying to get out of here.

More Bad News For Nokia (Or At Least Some Of Its Employees)

AP | Posted 03.19.2013 | Technology

HELSINKI (AP) — Struggling Nokia Corp. is downsizing by more than 1,000 jobs, part of a wide-ranging plan to cut costs and streamline operations. ...

Why I Am Learning How To Downsize And Let Go

Next Avenue | Posted 11.14.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Francine Russo I tried to stay in my big home -- but discovered a special joy in making a smaller new one I mov...

A 120-Square-Foot Home Nestled In The Mountains

The Huffington Post | Amy Marturana | Posted 12.03.2012 | HuffPost Home

A benefit of tiny house living, is that they can finally do work what they enjoy.

Operation Relocation: Adventures In Searching For A Place To Retire

Darlene Sneden | Posted 01.02.2013 | Fifty
Darlene Sneden

After more than 25 years of living in Montclair, NJ, the urban/suburban community due west of New York City where we raised our two kids, my husband Mike and I are tapped out. We are in our mid-50s and we are ready to find a smaller home in a more temperate climate.

Extreme Downsizing: Could You Live In This Tiny Home?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.22.2012 | Fifty

Is it just a popular misconception that retirees downsize to smaller homes? While some certainly do, recent research from the National Association of ...

I Pared My Life Down to Only 100 Items

LearnVest | Posted 12.10.2012 | Women
LearnVest

Because we were working so much (my husband was a service director in the automotive industry), we had this mentality that we deserved to be rewarded. I was constantly spending on clothing and accessories; my husband and I would treat ourselves to dinners out and expensive vacations.

10 Signs You're Not as Rich as You Could Be

Francine Jay | Posted 11.18.2012 | Money
Francine Jay

Are you frustrated with your finances? Drowning in debt? Or just not sure where your money goes each month?

Handling Pay Cuts: The Reality of Our Time

Donna Flagg | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Donna Flagg

Yes, it is a lot to ask employees to welcome a decrease in pay, but there are ways to present it as an initiative vital to the health and future of everyone involved.

On Wanting More

Ann Bauer | Posted 09.24.2012 | Women
Ann Bauer

When I was home with my husband and children, I was mostly content. But there were times when my envy turned into resentment and a striving for something better.

The Un-Empty Nest

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

Whoever coined the phrase "the empty nest" didn't have real children.

Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self

Natalie Thomas | Posted 08.22.2012 | Women
Natalie Thomas

When you think back to your younger self and where you've come since then, are you satisfied?

Zen Meets Tiny Homes: Movable Paper Walls Transform Spaces (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Inspired by Japanese homes, the architects not only made the bathroom the center of the living space, but he copied the concept of Shoji "paper" panels. They don't simply view the doors as dividers, but as a way to change their clients' perspective on their home.

Workload Overload: What's Your Definition Of Lifestyle?

David Geller | Posted 08.14.2012 | Fifty
David Geller

I recently met with a couple in their early 60's. The husband has a high-paying, demanding job in a rapidly changing industry. He works 60+ hours a week and is constantly complaining to his wife that he's exhausted and has often lamented that he's working himself into an early grave.

Seventies DIY Pioneer Publishes Book on Tiny Homes

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Kirsten Dirksen

Lloyd Kahn's Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter is a nod to the current "grassroots movement to scale things back," and in it he profiles about 150 builders who have created homes under 500 square feet.

WATCH: We the Tiny House People: Documentary Trailer

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment
Kirsten Dirksen

I continue to discover people who aren't even aware of this movement: iving in shipping containers, houseboats, tool sheds, former pigeon coops and treehouses. These stripped-down shelters reveal for us the essence of home.

12 Sites To Help You Cash In On Your Spring Cleaning

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

For some, the ritual of spring cleaning can be stressful and chaotic, not to mention a source of guilt. Who wants to throw all that old, unwanted stuf...

PHOTOS: The 52-Foot Yacht They Will Soon Call Home

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Downsizing is more than just a popular midlife slogan for Ginger and Steve Penny. Recently, the pair -- both 61 -- decided to give up their 2,700-squa...

WATCH: Tiny Stone Toolshed as Timeless Mediterranean Country Home

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Most of the windows, except for the large openings providing a view of the sea, are tiny. So from a distance, the home resembles yet another of the boulders dotting the mountainside.

WATCH: 96-Square-Foot Tiny Home Handbuilt Inside Century-Old Sheep Barn

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

The only real shelter on the property was an old sheep barn, leftover from when the property was homesteaded a century ago, so he decided to build a small shack inside the structure as a home.

Laura Rowley

'Unassisted Living': Beautifully Ageless Homes For Post 50s

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Rowley | Posted 03.14.2012 | Fifty

If you’re considering moving, downsizing or building a home in retirement, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in the new book “Unassisted Living:...

Housekeeper Builds Garage-Sized Home on a Tiny Salary With No Mortgage (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

Johnny Sanphillippo has never made more than $20,000 per year (working mostly as a housekeeper), but he knew like "any other American" that he wanted to own his own home.

Another Big Bank Plans To Hand Out Out Pink Slips

The Huffington Post | D.M. Levine | Posted 02.24.2012 | Business

Wall Street keeps shrinking. Credit Suisse will begin laying off employees in New York the second week of March, according to a company filing with...

In Praise of Inefficiency

Carl Safina | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

Some people get rich by creating good things, and they support many people. But some people -- they used to be called robber barons -- succeed at others' expense. So just as wealth isn't necessarily bad, "efficiency" isn't necessarily good.

Vehicles as Housing: 27-Square-Foot Mobile Home Bicycle and a Rowboat Shelter

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 04.13.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

"I don't know if I could have a car without a bed in it." San Francisco artist Jay Nelson has put beds into nearly every vehicle he's ever owned, including a semi-totalled Honda Civic (bought for $200) and a tiny rowboat (found on Craigslist).