Category Archives: Simple Living

How to Convert a Toyota Minivan into a Campervan

Living in my car, or preferably a van, has been, for many years, my Plan B for the time when rents will become unaffordable. The livable van also sounds like a good option for low-cost travel or camping. This post is a great how-to for a simple van conversion. And simplicity is always a good idea, especially when the idea is to live and travel frugally.

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After many months of traveling the U.S. in our car, popping up the tent every night, and enduring all that Mother Nature dumped on us, WE UPGRADED! Transitioning from tent life to van life is not as complicated as one may think! You don’t need to buy a top of the line cargo van while spending months of time and $$$ gutting it and rebuilding it to perfection (don’t get us wrong, appreciate all 4-wheeled works of art). Converting the minivan into our road home was cheap and easy, just the way we like it. Below are the simple steps we took for the conversion.

Step 1. Gut the Van

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This was easy as pie. We took out all of the seats and floor mats behind the front cockpit. At this point we also detailed the entire van to clean the interior up.

Step 2. Figure out your platform dimensions

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Finding the right dimensions for…

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March 30, 2016 · 4:00 pm

Is The Tiny House Movement A Big Lie?   — You can read all about it over at the Tree Hugger Blog. Click on the big red link above.

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January 15, 2016 · 1:49 am

Clarity Inside the Box

Living simply is always a work in progress. — John

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Good Intentions . . . In A Tiny Apartment

small kitchen sink piled with dirty dishes

I promised myself I wasn’t going to let this happen in the new apartment. Famous last words.

On the positive side, the sink is small — you might even say tiny, as kitchen sinks go — so it limits the number of dirty dishes that can pile up. Plus, I left most of the dishes at the old apartment. How many dishes does one bachelor need? Continue reading

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American Politics According To Alice Waters

Alice Waters at JWU: Lecturn

ALICE WATERS  (Photo credit: Andy Ciordia)

Alice Waters, a leading light in the movement for nutritious, organic, and local food, was interviewed in the Washington Post this week. One quote would be a good meditation for all who are concerned about the human condition in America, as we approach the 2014 midterm elections.

“I’m in this very political place right now and feel like we have to collaborate in different ways to make a big impression, to change the way that we are living our lives, which is destroying our health and the planet. I certainly want to feel like I have tried to take care of this planet for the kids of this world. I really have to do something.”

Please focus your attention on the word “collaborate.”

Politicians have oversized egos. Continue reading

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The importance of walking and value of walkable communities, especially for older folks. http://blog.walkscore.com/2013/03/seniors-walkability-benefits-for-an-aging-public/

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March 25, 2013 · 6:21 pm

Slideshow of Tiny House Photos

For some reason, readers of WIP are fascinated by tiny houses. BTW, I’ve lived in a one-room efficiency apt for five years, and plan to move to one that’s even smaller in the fall.

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March 22, 2013 · 12:32 am

Sue Dreamwalker is on a roll. Every one of her recent posts has been an inspiration to look at our lives and change. Simplicity, food, environmental awareness. — John

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The Planet is in our Hands

 

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Sustainable Living, All It Takes Is Work

Couldn’t resist posting one more video. A most energetic and inspiring older couple. I guess local food and organic food is possible. All you need is dirt and work.

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March 6, 2013 · 5:55 pm

Thinking About Retirement (What To Do With The Rest Of My Life)

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(Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

The Super Bowl has come and gone, and Groundhog Day as well. And what do I have to show for the winter?

It’s been, first of all, a lazy winter. That would be an objective report.

However, I prefer to look at it as a winter of reading, thinking, planning. I haven’t done as much blogging as I’d like. On the other hand, I’ve finally joined Twitter, and  I’m even beginning to see its usefulness. Feel  free to follow along on Twitter @BJohnHayden.

I’ve  joined the local gym, and I’m showing up on a regular basis. That’s important, because I’m now beyond denial. I recognize that if I want to do any useful work in the years I have remaining, it’s imperative that I exercise and conserve my health.

Mostly, I’ve been thinking about and preparing for retirement,  Continue reading

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