Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Mental Floss's Three-Day Sale Includes Deals on Apple AirPods, Sony Wireless Headphones, and More

Apple
Apple

During this weekend's three-day sale on the Mental Floss Shop, you'll find deep discounts on products like AirPods, Martha Stewart’s bestselling pressure cooker, and more. Check out the best deals below.

1. Apple AirPods Pro; $219

Apple

You may not know it by looking at them, but these tiny earbuds by Apple offer HDR sound, 30 hours of noise cancellation, and powerful bass, all through Bluetooth connectivity. These trendy, sleek AirPods will even read your messages and allow you to share your audio with another set of AirPods nearby.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

2. Sony Zx220bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones (Open Box - Like New); $35

Sony

For the listener who likes a traditional over-the-ear headphone, this set by Sony will give you all the same hands-free calling, extended battery power, and Bluetooth connectivity as their tiny earbud counterparts. They have a swivel folding design to make stashing them easy, a built-in microphone for voice commands and calls, and quality 1.18-inch dome drivers for dynamic sound quality.

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3. Sony Xb650bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones; $46

Sony

This Sony headphone model stands out for its extra bass and the 30 hours of battery life you get with each charge. And in between your favorite tracks, you can take hands-free calls and go seamlessly back into the music.

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4. Martha Stewart 8-quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker; $65

Martha Stewart

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and buying a new pressure cooker, this 8-quart model from Martha Stewart comes with 14 presets, a wire rack, a spoon, and a rice measuring cup to make delicious dinners using just one appliance.

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5. Jashen V18 350w Cordless Vacuum Cleaner; $180

Jashen

If you're obsessive about cleanliness, it's time to lose the vacuum cord and opt for this untethered model from JASHEN. Touting a 4.3-star rating from Amazon, the JASHEN cordless vacuum features a brushless motor with strong suction, noise optimization, and a convenient wall mount for charging and storage.

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6. Evachill Ev-500 Personal Air Conditioner; $65

Evachill

This EvaChill personal air conditioner is an eco-friendly way to cool yourself down in any room of the house. You can set it up at your work desk at home, and in just a few minutes, this portable cooling unit can drop the temperature by 59º. All you need to do is fill the water tank and plug in the USB cord.

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7. Gourmia Gcm7800 Brewdini 5-Cup Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $120

Gourmia

The perfect cup of cold brew can take up to 12 hours to prepare, but this Gourmia Cold Brew Coffee Maker can do the job in just a couple of minutes. It has a strong suction that speeds up brew time while preserving flavor in up to five cups of delicious cold brew at a time.

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8. Townew: The World's First Self-Sealing Trash Can; $90

Townew

Never deal with handling gross garbage again when you have this smart bin helping you in the kitchen. With one touch, the Townew will seal the full bag for easy removal. Once you grab the neatly sealed bag, the Townew will load in a new clean one on its own.

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9. Light Smart Solar Powered Parking Sensor (Two-Pack); $155

FenSens

Parking sensors are amazing, but a lot of cars require a high trim to access them. You can easily upgrade your car—and parking skills—with this solar-powered parking sensor. It will give you audio and visual alerts through your phone for the perfect parking job every time.

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10. Liz: The Smart Self-Cleaning Bottle With UV Sterilization; $46

Noerden

Reusable water bottles are convenient and eco-friendly, but they’re super inconvenient to get inside to clean. This smart water bottle will clean itself with UV sterilization to eliminate 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria. That’s what makes it clean, but the single-tap lid for temperature, hydration reminders, and an anti-leak functionality are what make it smart.

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12 Smart Products That Will Help Organize Your Life

Simple Trending Store/Amazon
Simple Trending Store/Amazon

For some people, getting—and staying—organized is nearly impossible to do without a little help. (We’re talking from experience here.) To help you store your pots and pans without a fuss and keep your toiletries from taking over your bathroom, we’ve scoured the internet for products that are designed to make staying organized that much easier.

1. Revolving Spice Rack, $37

Kamenstein

This 20-jar revolving spice rack from Kamenstein will keep all of your favorite spices organized, labeled, and, most importantly, within easy access for your culinary endeavors. Even better? It comes with all 20 spices, including rosemary, basil, and pretty anything else you can imagine. (Pizza seasoning? Yes, please.) Bonus: Customers are eligible to receive free spice refills for five years after the initial purchase. That’s a lot of garlic salt.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Bar Serving Cart; $110

Haotian/Amazon

This rolling bar cart (which can hold up to four wine bottles and six stemmed glasses) is the ideal space-saving solution for any oenophile. The different levels can be used for snacks, wine buckets, and liquor bottles, while the top shelf can be removed and used as a food tray. Plus, its wood metal appearance means it will fit in with plenty of different decor in your home. Since it’s on wheels, you can easily move the cart around your home without worrying about it scratching the floor.

Buy it: Amazon

3. 4-Piece Acrylic Canister Set, $20

Oggi/Amazon

Keep your cookies, candies, sweet treats, and other kitchen staples organized with these simple acrylic canisters, which come in packs of four or five. Each comes with an air-tight lid that helps keep your food fresh for longer (read: no more stale cookies). You can opt to store them right on your countertop, or stow them away in your pantry. And before you refill the cannisters with a different food, you can throw them in the dishwasher for a quick clean first.

Buy it: Amazon

4. No-Drill Shower Caddy; $17

Gricol/Amazon

This easy-to-install, drill-free shower shelf keeps your toiletries and other bathroom essentials organized while your shower remains free of clutter. Plus, its durable hand-polished aluminum frame is scratch-resistant and designed to protect against wear and tear. You can also use the two attached hangers to store your loofah, body brush, or towel. All you have to do is wait 24 hours to use it upon installation, and voila!

Buy it: Amazon

5. Rotating Makeup Organizer; $20

Coyaho/Amazon

Calling all beauty mavens: You need this 360-degree rotating cosmetics organizer—which can hold everything from eyeshadow to your beloved skincare products—in your life. Not only is it washable, durable, and eco-friendly, but you can also easily adjust its height to fit different sized bottles (think perfume, foundations, serums, and more). And, according to the company, it takes no more than one minute to assemble.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Bathroom Storage Corner Floor Cabinet; $36

Aojezor/Amazon

This space-saving bathroom storage cabinet from AOJEZOR is compact enough to fit in even the tiniest of corners or crevices. Use the top area to hold a cellphone or display a houseplant, while the shelves are ideal for excess toiletries, toilet paper, hand towels, or tissues.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Desktop Organizer Storage Rack; $26

Jerry and Maggie

This handy adjustable desktop organizer (which also serves as a storage shelf) comes in four colors: black, white, natural wood, and white wood—making it the perfect addition to any home office. The product itself is made up of two main parts, which can be rotated to best suit your organizational needs and maximize storage space. Plus, its sturdy yet lightweight build makes it easy to move, transport, and carry.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Portable 7-Tier, Free-Standing Shoe Organizer; $28

UDEAR/Amazon

Shoe organizers aren’t just for college students living in dorms. This portable and adjustable model from UDEAR is lightweight, durable, and easy to assemble—meaning you won’t have to hire a handyman or waste hours of your free time putting it together. It can also hold up to 27 pairs of shoes (think boots, sneakers, stilettos, and everything in between), and when it’s time for spring cleaning, simply wipe it with a damp cloth.

Buy it: Amazon

9. K-Cup Carousel; $20

The Nifty Store/Amazon

Keep your beloved K-Cups within arm’s reach—and display them for all to see—with this rotating carousel, which holds up to 35 K-Cups. Besides, this all-steel model from Nifty is a lot more stylish than those bulky boxes that take up precious counter and shelf space.

Buy it: Amazon

10. 36-Peg Mug Rack; $58

BirdRock Home/Amazon

Keep your coffee cup collection on display with a handy mug organizer. This one from BirdRock Home holds up to 36 mugs and adds a whimsical (and personal) touch to any kitchen. Plus, it frees up a ton of shelf space, which you can then use to store more of your favorite snacks.

Buy it: Amazon

11. Double Layer Jewelry Organizer; $16

Misaya/Amazon

Keep your baubles organized and stowed away with this portable jewelry organizer from Misaya Jewelry. Its compact size is easy enough to store in a drawer, a suitcase, or a vanity. Besides holding necklaces, bracelets, and rings, it can also accommodate up to 10 pairs of earrings. Its soft, anti-abrasive velvet lining will prevent your jewelry from scratching, tarnishing, or other wear and tear. Choose from seven different hues.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Adjustable Pan and Pot Holder; $16

Simple Trending Store/Amazon

Chances are, you’re guilty of shoving all of your pots and pans so tightly together that you’re unable to even shut your cabinet door. (Oops.) Thankfully, this functional pot and pan rack from Simple Trending—which can hold up to five pots/pans and lids—eliminates unnecessary clutter. Its non-stick coating protects your pans and pots from scratching or sliding on each other.

Buy it: Amazon

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