Melanie Gnau


Asheville, NC

Melanie, a proud Isleta Pueblo tribal member, chronicles her life (like that time she lived in an Airstream), her dog, her chickens, and her work as a sustainability and small-spaces content creator and coach on her blog, A Small Life. There, she also shares tons of inspiration for readers looking for small home and alternative dwelling ideas.
The Kitchen Item I Always Buy Thrifted to Prep for the Holidays
It only costs a dollar or two.
Dec 5, 2023
I Turned an Old Filing Cabinet into the Modern Planter of My Dreams
Home Projects
This DIY was totally beginner-friendly.
Sep 12, 2023
8 Organizing & Cleaning Solutions a Small-Space Expert Always Recommends to Clients
They're pretty much all game-changers.
Jun 14, 2023
What Modern Buildings Can Learn from Indigenous Architecture
Indigenous people have long been at the forefront of sustainable architecture.
Oct 24, 2022
How to Organize Your Home by Color, According to a Pro Organizer
Coordinate a new hue for each room.
Jul 5, 2022
I Tried This Viral TikTok Cleaning Hack for Electric Clippers
The results were disappointing to say the least.
Jun 25, 2022
These 5 Cleaning Podcasts Will Relax and Motivate You
Tune in for some instant inspiration.
Jun 24, 2022
5 Small Space Organizing Solutions Under $20
Yes, you can organize on a dime.
Apr 23, 2022
10 Indigenous-Owned Businesses to Shop for the Holidays (And Beyond)
I put together a list of some of my favorite Indigenous-owned businesses to shop for the holidays—many of which I’ve already bought gifts from.
Dec 3, 2020