We at Smallworks like to think small (in a big kind of way!) and now that the new year has rolled around, we’ve decided on some personal resolutions that reflect our goal of downsizing.  Here are some thoughts from two Smallworks staffers:


From Kate Allen, Design Coordinator:

“Planning a wedding in 2012, I’m finding ways to cut out the extravagance of weddings without sacrificing the special feeling of the gathering. Naturally, the wedding is evolving to have a very ‘nature’ inspired focus!

I’ve recently downsized from 600 square feet to about 250 square feet, too, so it’s been a great exercise to really test what it is that one needs over the course of a year. Having given away or sold about 25% of my stuff, and boxed an additional 30%, I’ll be checking midway through 2012 to see if I can give away any more items that haven’t been disturbed in their boxes.

One of my biggest items I tend to aggregate are books – any kind of books! I’m trying to make the switch to e-books for popular fiction and non-fiction this year and use the library more. “


From Michael Lyons, VP of Sales and Marketing:

“My personal resolution is to go ‘carbon neutral’ in 2012, or as close as I reasonably can.  I am reducing my impact in as many ways as realistically possible and ‘offsetting’ the carbon emissions that I cannot eliminate through conscious effort.  I offset my carbon through  I already live small (2 people in 670 s/ft), so now I’m after even greater efficiency.”

What are your plans  to make a smaller environmental impact this year?

By | 2016-11-15T09:05:59+00:00 January 3rd, 2012|How to Live Green While You Live Small|


  1. Dee@ Small House Life January 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Well, as you can see by my site name, I am also into downsizing and small houses!

    For me, downsizing is really about ‘right sizing’.. I mean when I first was reading your post and saw Kate had downsized to a 600 square foot home, I thought ‘oh, how cute’ but then whoa! She went on to say she had actually downsized from the 600 to 250! Now THAT is downsizing!

    My husband and I are on a journey of having less to really have more.. which I know makes perfect sense to you. LOL

    Dee :)

  2. karenyc January 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Thanks for sharing. We’re working on a post about multi-generational families living in smaller spaces (sharing laneway house / main house / basement suites on one property). Look out for insights in this future post about living with family in close quarters…

    Karen from Smallworks

  3. linda brooks January 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I like Micheal live in a smaller space with another person (my son) and my aim is to try to live in a smaller space with another human being without making bigger riffs – sometimes it seems easier to let a lot of things go but it will always be about communicating honestly and effortlessly

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