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Little Yellow Door House

Before moving into Little Yellow, Jenkins admits she was a bit of a slob. But here, she realized, organization would be key. “I clean my house like nobody’s business,” she says. “If you leave something on the floor, half your house is a mess already.” She has no closets or bureau—“I don’t hang things very well, and I hate drawers,” she explains—so she’s limited her clothing storage to a neat, six-foot high shelving unit.

Tiny house, big freedom

Ella Jenkins has been living in a space about the size of a shipping container since October—and loving every minute of it. She built her own 130-square-foot house with the help of a kit and her stepfather, and is now part of a growing trend of people who reside in “tiny houses,” miniature abodes that are modestly priced, eco-friendly and minimalistic.  - Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff