Big Improvements in a Tiny Space

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In a tiny space, comfort is very important. We can use lighting, paint, temperature, texture, furniture and fabric to help achieve a level of comfort that suits us best. I may live a much more simple life than I did before but I am still a homebody and I still value the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I am home, no matter how big it is. Despite the downsizing I did two years ago to before moving onto the boat, I retained a good amount of my favorite things that help to make my home feel more comfortable.

Since living aboard this tiny floating home I have definitely had a stronger desire to do more DIY type projects. The fabric on the cushions in my main living space was very tired and desperately in need of replacement. A project like that could cost thousands of dollars if I hired someone to do it for me. I thought to myself, “If I do the work, I could save so much money!” Now, keep in mind, I hadn’t sewn anything since 8th Grade Home-Ec, but here I was convinced that I could figure out how to make new cushion covers for my salon? Ya, right… I had no clue where to even begin. There were so many different ideas I had about how I could make my space a little softer and a little more welcoming but I think this was the biggest eye-sore of the room at the time. Continue reading

How to Achieve Spaciousness in Your Tiny House

Tiny houses are a great option for those who don’t want to be surrounded by debt. However, the smaller homes and rooms inside can push your comfort levels to new limits. To lessen the claustrophobic feelings and keep the space open, you want to avoid cramming too much stuff in your home. Instead of littering your rooms with devices, appliances and furniture, map out a plan around the items that you need most.
Skip the Partitions
Trying to fit your entire life into a tiny home may sound difficult, especially if you have a glam closet. However, when planned correctly, you can have a unique arrangement that is built on simplicity and happiness.
When you’re ready to start preparing your tiny house, keeping the concept of open space at the forefront of your mind can make a difference in how your dwelling is perceived. That’s why it’s important to avoid as many partitions as possible. Homeowners typically like their bedroom and kitchen space partitioned however if you want to get away from this concept, you can designate your rooms without the need of walls. Instead of a separate bedroom, how about a hideaway or daybed?
If you’re thinking about building a tiny house, you’ll want to keep your plumbing system simple. A licensed plumber can offer tips on easy resolutions that won’t take up a lot of space. While a pipe that goes both in and out of the house and water containers underneath the home may make you uneasy, they can fit nicely into the planning of a tiny house.
Storage and Decluttering
"Compulsive hoarding Apartment" by Grap - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -

“Compulsive hoarding Apartment” by Grap – Own work.

While a tiny house may be ideal for your budget, you may have significantly less room to store non-essential items. If you use your toaster oven, mixer and other kitchen gadgets on an as-needed basis, find a cabinet or storage container to house them. This frees up your counters and allows your home to look neat and orderly. You can also apply this theory to your toiletries, books and spices. Storing the items on a shelf on the wall or in a cabinet can give your living space some much needed openness.

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Basic Trailer Maintenance

When living in a tiny house on wheels it is very easy to overlook what should be the most carefully maintained part: the actual trailer. Despite the simple engineering of a couple of axles, some wheels, and maybe some brakes, the role of the trailer in the tiny house world is so crucial. These frames of steel are our foundations. They are the very things we rest our homes, our families, and our lives on. They allow us to sit still without motion and with comfort and also allow us to travel at whim. But how do we keep up with the maintenance? Perhaps these steps will help keep your trailer safe and lasting long-term.


Check tire pressure

Before each trip on the road you should be sure to check your tire pressure in all tires. You want to always inflate the trailer tires to the maximum inflation indicated on the sidewall. This number varies with each trailer so be sure to observe what your inflation psi is. You also want to check inflation when the tires are cool and have not been exposed to the sun or run down the highway. And while it may seem okay to underinflate, underinflation is actually the number one cause of tire failure. Tire pressure is essential to performance. Continue reading

A Digital Nomad Roundup

This month we’ve talked about being a digital nomad, tools for being a successful digital nomad, finding a job as digital nomad, and few other odds and ends. But by this point many are wondering about making money (and banking in general) as a digital nomad. So let’s talk banking, financial transactions, and maybe a few other tidbits to boot!

Have MoneyObviously working in the continental United States proves little obstacle for receiving funds for payment and then processing through the bank of your choice. In our case we are members of a small, localized credit union. However, they belong to a much larger Co-Op of credit unions so we are able to use branches and ATMs throughout the country. It is ideal for us and has been the solution over big banking that so many of us dislike. A typical transaction involves invoicing (through Hiveage), payment (through PayPal), completed invoice PDF sent to client, transfer of funds (every 2 weeks like a “payday”) from PayPal to credit union checking account, 48-business hours to process, funds available. If you are adventuring outside of the United States though things can get a bit more complicated. Continue reading