How to Handle the Holidays in a Small Space

The Tiny Canal Cottage’s Whitney Leigh Morris shares her creative approaches to guests, gifts, decor and more

If you live in a 362-square-foot cottage with your husband, toddler and two beagles, do you have to gather with the clan around someone else’s table every Thanksgiving and instantly regift everything you get for Christmas? As a mother of three grown children who is thinking about drastically downsizing with the hubby from a suburban house 10 times that size (and crammed with 20 years of memories) to a small city condo, I wanted to know.

So I asked small-space lifestyle blogger and consultant Whitney Leigh Morris — who lives and works in the aforementioned cottage, aka The Tiny Canal Cottage in the Venice area of Los Angeles — how she navigates the holidays with husband Adam Winkleman and their son, West. Her first book, Small Space Style, comes out Nov. 13.

Cleaning the Glass at the Seattle Space Needle

Paul Best and his crew ensure the city’s iconic view is crystal clear.

The Psychology Of Social Media

How To Wake Up Early Based on Science

Change

A short motivational video about change.

 

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Determining Your Learning Style

Find out what learning style serves you and use it to your advantage to learn new skills efficiently.  Your learning style is your approach to learning based on your preferences, as well as strengths and weaknesses. Establish your style by following this flowchart, then develop better ways to absorb information.

The Dangers of Biking in the City

Biking is one of the most popular activities worldwide. In fact, in some countries like Denmark, it has become the main vehicle for transportation, surpassing cars and even the subway.

I’ve just put my bike in storage until the spring.

Among people in the US, men are more likely to ride a bike than women. This isn’t the case in northern Europe, where pretty much everyone bikes.

In the US, women claim they’re concerned by their safety and that keeps them from riding more often. Women with children drive around 20% more than men, probably hauling their kids to a myriad of activities: this makes it more difficult to ride a bike. In Denmark, they have those long family bikes, but they’re still a rare occurrence in the US.
Women’s concerns about bike safety are well founded: in 2009 bicyclists deaths represented around 2% of all traffic fatalities.

50 Ways To Relax Without Spending Any Money

Compared to previous generations, we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, but there is no doubt that we have developed some bad habits as well. Stress in particular has a huge impact on our bodies and health, and being on our phones all the time can’t help. Regardless of your background, both your home and work environments can be pretty stressful. Finding ways to healthily relax has never been more important than it is now.