Survey of tiny habits for aging well: housing

child's drawing of a house and tree and flower

Elsie’s drawing of her home: a house, a tree and a flower

Do our survey of tiny habits for aging well. The first will help to make a home more safe, shipshape and shareable in old age. You gave us your tiny tips—now we want your tiny habits for aging well!

The Almost Old self-help course for aging well requires you to establish one tiny habit every month. Each month focuses on a different topic which is an aspect of aging. The purpose of the Almost Old course is to prepare yourself for a happy, healthy old age.

Tiny habits don’t rely on will-power. You just make tiny changes, one at a time. They are based on a prompt, a 30-second action, and an instant celebration of success. All three parts are equally important.

Then something magic happens. You’ll find that one small change will grow and trigger other changes, and that many small changes can transform your quality of life.

Real life examples put learning on fast-forward

That’s why we would all appreciate your examples of tiny habits for aging well.

Oops, but what is a tiny habit? Luckily there’s a quick, free and super-simple way to learn. Just do the tiny 5-day course at  Then you’ll know exactly how to do the survey.

When you’re ready, here’s the survey, which has only 7 questions:

12 surveys of tiny habits for aging well

The links above are to the first of 12 little surveys. Each survey will cover one of 12 lifestyle and attitude topics that affect quality of life in old age.

Later I’ll add 11 more and as results come in I’ll start posting your tiny habits on this blog. Thank you in advance for your generous help! (I think you’ll find this interesting.)

7 thoughts on “Survey of tiny habits for aging well: housing

  1. Cathy Cade says:

    Look out for the dog. She’s getting old too and can’t get out of your way so quickly. (At 16, her favourite spot seems to be behind my legs in the kitchen.)

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s certainly a safety issue in the home. As a tiny habit (1. prompt, 2. action, 3. applause) how would you express this?

      1. Cathy Cade says:

        I’m working on it…

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        What do you do when you feel him there? Freeze? Say “sit!”? Grab something solid? I want to know because my cat is my own future tripper-up. (She ignores commands.)

      3. Cathy Cade says:

        Sadly, Pickle has been deaf for the past year or so (she’s 16) so telling her to go away is pointless (although it makes me feel better, when delivered with a mild curse). I might give her a nudge with my calf, but that doesn’t do it either. I just have to look out for her when I’m at the worktops; at least I have those to grab on to if I step back. The daft thing is, I usually end up apologising to the dog.

      4. Rachel McAlpine says:

        I understand about the mild curse. That I can do. But I need to work on this one. Thanks, Cathy.

      5. Cathy Cade says:

        Good luck. Let me know if you crack it.