The tiny house revolution looked like it was just a fad, at first, but it’s proved to have quite a lot of staying power. With housing costs remaining high, and so many people struggling with both the financial cost and the carbon footprint of full-sized homes, the option of living in a tiny home has a strong appeal. It does take a bit of adjustment, though.
If you’re used to living in a regular home, or even in an apartment, moving to a tiny house will take some getting used to. Fortunately, here are some tips to make it a little easier on yourself. Also helpful for those who just don’t seem to have enough space in their homes, and who want to make the most of what they’ve got.
Tip #1: Downsize Your Possessions
This is the most obvious step, but it’s also one of the most difficult ones for people who are trying to live in a tiny house. This is particularly true if you’re used to living in a place with room to sprawl. The first thing you should do is get rid of everything you don’t truly need. So, while you might be sentimental about those jeans you haven’t worn since high school, or that old Christmas tree stand, there simply won’t be room for that stuff in your tiny house.
With that said, you don’t have to necessary throw your possessions away. While you should donate or recycle things you don’t genuinely need (especially if you have friends or family members who could use that big couch or desktop computer), you can put stuff you will use, but which you don’t have room for, in self-storage. But that might defeat the purpose of living a smaller, sleeker lifestyle for some folks.
Tip #2: Get Clever With Your Storage
As HGTV points out, storage is at a premium in tiny houses. With that said, it’s surprising just how many storage options we overlook in our daily lives. If you train yourself to see storage potential in your tiny house, then you’ll be surprised how many places you can keep your stuff.
As an example, most tiny houses use a loft bed as a way to maximize the available space. Lofts have stairs leading up to them, and even a narrow staircase has a lot of room inside it that can be used to store smaller items. Whether you want a bookshelf, somewhere to keep your DVDs, or just some spillover drawers, this is an ideal place to put them. If you have a couch, consider a drawer for interior storage underneath it. If you have a table, make sure the top opens up, or there is room under it to keep your stuff. You only have so much space, but if you’re smart, you can make sure your tiny house is just chock full of things you want to have on hand.
Tip #3: Don’t Forget To Put Your Walls To Work
Vertical storage is also an important part of tiny house living, and as Compact Appliance points out, some of the most efficient tiny houses are the ones where the walls play an active, vital role in day-to-day living.
For an example of this, look at the kitchen. Are there places to hang utensils from the walls? A magnetic knife block along one wall can minimize space used, and keep all your blades close to hand for when you’re preparing meals. Do you have overhead hooks you can hang your pots and pans from? This might seem decorative, but it actually frees up a lot of space in cabinets and drawers, and it allows you easy access to your cookware. If you walk out to your living space, do you have shelves on the walls for your books, your movies, and your other miscellaneous entertainments? Is your TV set into the wall, freeing up space that would otherwise be taken up with another stationary object? Have you decided to forego a traditional TV set entirely, opting for a projector that uses a thin screen that you can easily roll back up into the ceiling when it isn’t being used?
These are the sorts of things your walls, and your ceiling, can do to make your tiny space work extra hard.
Tip #4: Remember Your Outdoor Space, Too
Sometimes it’s just not welcoming outside… but a lot of the time, it is! As Mother Earth News reminds us, it’s important to both have space where you can be by yourself (if you’re sharing a tiny house), and to remember that the interior of your home is only a fraction of the space you have available. If your tiny house has a porch, then that’s space you can use to relax, and stretch out with a book, or your laptop. If you have an awning, you could set it up on one half of your tiny house to make a welcoming shade pool on one side, and once you add some folding chairs and a camp table, you’ve got a place you can relax, spend time with friends, or even have dinner without feeling like you’re stuck in the same, small nook.
Tip #5: Get Only What You Need At The Grocery Store
We tend to take food for granted, but when you live in a tiny house it’s important to make sure you have the necessities, and maybe a little extra. Refrigerators tend to be small, freezers tend to be smaller, and there just isn’t a lot of overflow space. So remember to make your list, and stick to it. Impulse purchases can be the difference between being stocked, and being overstocked.
These are just a few, simple tips for getting the most out of your tiny house experience. If you still find your home is too small, though, you can always sell it quickly and upsize. We buy houses of any size and in any condition. For a cash offer in as little as 24 hours, contact us at Seller’s Advantage today!