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Simple Living

Freedom from cluttered lives and minds.

Score and Swap, For Free! Score and Swap, For Free!
Wish there was a store where everything was free? New York's latest pop-up swap, Score!, has the answer.
8 Ways to Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning 8 Ways to Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning
by Stan Cox
8 tips to help you beat the summer heat.
My Tiny, Free House My Tiny, Free House
by Michael Janzen
Michael Janzen had a big house and a big mortgage. Then the financial crisis hit, and he wondered just how small, and how cheap, a house could be.
Leaving It Up To Them Leaving It Up To Them
by Shannon Hayes
What happens when children raised in radical homes choose the straight and narrow?
One Day Each Week Without Laptop, Phone, or TV? How a "Tech Sabbath" Can Heal Your Mind One Day Each Week Without Laptop, Phone, or TV? How a "Tech Sabbath" Can Heal Your Mind
by Erika Kosina
A day of rest, it turns out, is still a good idea.
Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps
by Shannon Hayes
When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn't realize just how revolutionary they were.
Step Away From the Plastic Bag Step Away From the Plastic Bag
by Kim Eckart
Our associate editor experiments with life after plastic bags.
Solstice in a Finnish Village Solstice in a Finnish Village
Bonfires, birch branches, and saunas. And a chance to discover who will be your true love.
The Birthday Balloon The Birthday Balloon
by Shannon Hayes
Somewhere in our consumer culture, we have confused material items with expressions of love.
Can Money Buy Education? Can Money Buy Education?
by Shannon Hayes
Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes taught her daughter that their family doesn't buy things they can make or grow at home. She then had to wonder: Does that include higher education?
YES! Recommends: No Impact Project YES! Recommends: No Impact Project
No Impact Man, Colin Beavan, and his family have inspired a nation to swap their old consumer habits for new environmentally-friendly ones. The recently launched No Impact Curriculum brings the lessons learned from this year-long journey to your classroom.
John Francis Walks the Earth John Francis Walks the Earth
For over two decades, John Francis has been traveling the planet by foot and sail learning about environmental respect. For 17 of those years, he did so without speaking. Luckily for us, he's taken to spreading his message—here in a speech for TED.
YES! But How? :: Homemade Gift Bags YES! But How? :: Homemade Gift Bags
by Heather Purser
Why not avoid paper gift-wrap and make your own gift bags?
People We Love :: Lorraine Kerwood People We Love :: Lorraine Kerwood
by Keeley Harding
Rebuilding computers for the community.
Annie Leonard on Life After Stuff Annie Leonard on Life After Stuff
by Annie Leonard
Annie Leonard reveals what gives her strength, even as she and her popular film, The Story of Stuff, are attacked as un-American.
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