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Downsizing

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).

The Post 50 Plan to Declutter Your Life . . . For Good

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

When I turned 50 a few years ago, I was overwhelmed by the stuff that had accumulated over the years, and I realized that it wasn't just physical clutter but mental clutter, as well.

Where Everything's Waiting for You (Downtown)

Wendy Gordon | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

The open-style house had five bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a loft-turned-rumpus-room that was the ideal rainy-day space for the couple's three active boys. But as soon as the youngest had gone off to college, they sold the place.

Who Are the Joneser Boomers Keeping Up With?

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.11.2011 | Fifty
Bernard Starr

If you think the Wall Street protests are formidable, watch out when the boomers fully wake up to their plight and mobilize. Then you will know: It's one solid generation to reckon with.

WATCH: A Man With 5 Tiny Homes in His Backyard: Micro-Architecture as Punk Rock

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.04.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

2011-10-04-Screenshot20111004at12.38.52PM.jpg He builds small and he works with a micro-budget. His Gottagiddaway AKA "$100 homeless hut" was built for about that.

The Upside of Downsizing

Janice Harper | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business
Janice Harper

As most of us know by now, the American Dream has been in so many respects an American Nightmare and it's kept us fast asleep. But the moment we wake up and think of ourselves in the context of the whole wide world, our perceptions of our place in it are radically altered.

Manhattan Shoebox Apartment: A 78-Square-Foot Live-In Closet (Video)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.01.2011 | New York
Kirsten Dirksen

Luke Clark Tyler is in a serial relationship with tiny homes. His last New York City apartment was just 96 square feet. His current place is even smaller.

The Great Downsizing Debate Continues

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

What is an appropriate number of square feet per person to live comfortably yet sustainably?

Space Saving Furniture That Transforms One Room Into Two or Three (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 08.30.2011 | Style
Kirsten Dirksen

At a time when many of us -- due to finances, the environment or increasing urbanization -- are trying to put our homes on a diet, there's one obvious place to cut: our bedrooms.

Downsizing -- A Thousand Square Feet Per Person, A New American Standard

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 08.09.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

I know many successful boomers who are now moping around their 8 to 12,000-foot monuments to capitalism. But has America's long-standing love affair with this type of -- not very green -- home finally run its course?