Giving Thanks for Tiny Living

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the opportunity to reflect on the past year and to express gratitude. And, of course, it’s a feast day. For a foodie like me, it’s the one of best meals of the year! I’m excited to spend the holiday with my cousins this year. I’ve been instructed to bring cookies. And sparkling cider. And rolls. Check. Check. And check. Will do.

last year's thanksgiving feast with dear friends

last year’s thanksgiving feast with dear friends

This year I find myself, once again, grateful that living in a tiny house and taking on My 200 Things Challenge has helped me become a better minimalist and allowed The Flexibility for Family Time. In my household, when we sit down for a meal, as we start to dig into whatever tasty food we have before us, we go around the table and share something we’re grateful for. Every meal. Not just Thanksgiving dinner.

And you know what? When they talk about gratitudes, people don’t talk about stuff. I have never once heard someone say that the highlight of their day was the new gizmo they purchased. Instead, day after day, meal after meal, person after person, what I hear are things like these:

  • I’m grateful for my health so that I could go on that bike ride today on the esplanade
  • I’m thankful that I had the chance to cook this great meal with you, using fresh ingredients from the farmers market
  • I’m glad that we figured out a way to get through that tricky situation at work and that things are running more smoothly now
  • I feel lucky I had the chance to reconnect with an old friend today at my favorite coffeeshop
  • I’m so happy I made quality time today with my partner/pet/child/parent!

The best stuff in our lives is each other. The rest is Just Stuff. This is why I’m teaching Unstuff Your Holidays on December 8th. I’m glad that The Little Life keeps me focused on what really matters to me: my friends and family, snuggle time with the cuddliest cat in the world, challenging and rewarding work, and the ability to contribute my time and energy to causes I believe in.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? Who will you let know that you are grateful to have them in your life? (And, of course, I also want to know: what are you bringing to the feast?!)

The following post was written by Lina Menard, one of the founders of She will be teaching Unstuff Your Holidays: A Decluttering Workshop on December 8th to share tips and tricks she’s learned on her downsizing journey. Please check out Lina’s website Niche Consulting and her blog This Is The Little Life for more of her work and writing and then subscribe to to follow new posts from Lina and our other contributors.


  1. "The best stuff in our lives is each other." Amen, Lina!

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