Simple Tips for Living in a Tiny Home


So you’ve chosen to live in a tiny home.  Now what? Although you obviously downsized from your former living conditions, there must be a plan in place that will allow you to remain comfortable in your new home. We all know that our homes can easily and quickly become filled with odds and ends before we know it.  What can we do to make sure that doesn’t happen?  We will go over several ways to keep your tiny home decluttered and feeling like home.

If you don’t use it, pitch it.  We all buy things that seem like a good idea at the time but quickly find we didn’t need it after all.  But why keep it?  Sentimental reasons?  Worried that one day we will finally need it?  Think it looks good sitting there on the mantle collecting dust?  Think again.  Throw it out.

One In, One Out.  Owning a tiny house doesn’t mean you can never buy anything again.  It just means that you must know where the something new can go.  Here is an easy way to go about it.  When you buy something new, think about what it can replace, and then give the old item to someone who could use it.  For example, let’s say that you want to buy a Kitchen Aid mixer for your kitchen.  What could we throw out to make space?  How about the older mixer you already have?  I am sure someone you know could use it.

Maximize every inch of space in your home.  Even though space is limited in a tiny home, you can still do the things you love.  

Are you an avid music lover?  Instead of keeping all of the albums and CDs you own, use a music subscription service and stream your music.  

Love to read? Use an e-reader instead or acquire a library card and check out books to read.  Instead of keeping the music and books you own, sell them at local music and bookstores for a profit.

Looking for more space to store what you have? How about storing seasonal clothing in a storage trunk and then using that trunk as a small table?  Under-bed storage boxes are another option for storage as well as maximizing vertical spaces with shelving.

Use floating tables.  Suspend tables from the ceiling such as nightstands and coffee tables to free up important floor space. 

Try hanging lighting to illuminate your home.  Instead of cluttering up your home with regular lighting, why not use string lighting instead?

Utilize the space underneath the stairs.  Have open space under the stairs to a loft?  How about adding shelving, or cabinets to store your belongings?  

Sure living in a tiny house, when used to living in a larger one will take time to settle in.  And it’s true you will not be able to keep as much of your belongings as you once had.  But once you start to incorporate creative ideas to get the most out of your tiny home, you will find that you are happier when your living quarters is not filled top to bottom with “stuff” as it once was. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact The Tiny Home List for assistance with the next steps moving forward.

F.A.Q. - What is a Tiny Home?

There is no set definition as to what constitutes a tiny house. However, a residential structure under 500 square feet is generally considered a tiny home.

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