Tiny home living has become extremely popular over the last several years, but one thing any tiny homeowner will tell you is that you’ll need to cut back on your belongings. That’s one reason why tining home living popularity has coincided with the minimalist movement.
However, you don’t necessarily need to be a minimalist to live in a tiny house.
So, what can you do if you don’t want to get rid of all your “stuff” but you’re ready to move into a tiny home? If you don’t want to feel too cramped, the best thing is to make the most of your storage space.
You’ll likely have limited visible storage space – a closet here and there. However, you can get creative with your storage, and utilize every inch of your home.
If you’re not sure how to get started, let’s cover a few space-saving hacks that will allow you to incorporate more unique storage ideas into your home, so you won’t have to feel like you’re sacrificing too many of your belongings to live comfortably.
Step Up Your Existing Space
The easiest way to get started with storing more is to utilize what you already have. Take a look at the existing storage spaces in your tiny home. Maybe you have a couple of closets or cupboards you use to keep your belongings. However, are they being used as efficiently and effectively as possible?
Start by organizing your belongings and decluttering what you can. You might think you’re playing a game of Tetris at first, but sometimes moving and stacking things a certain way can end up giving you more space.
You can also utilize the help of organization tools designed to offer you more room, including
- Hanger chains
- Track shelves
- Compression bags
- Over-the-door organizers
These tools help to store your belongings more compactly, maximizing your minimal space and allowing you to store more without having to dig around or worry your things are going to fall out of the closet every time you open it.
Go Beyond the Obvious
Once you’ve gotten as much use as possible out of your standard storage spaces, it’s time to get creative. Consider areas of your home that have a little extra space, even if they aren’t traditionally used for storage.
Some of the best spots to store extra belongings are under the bed, under a staircase, or even by repurposing something like an old medicine cabinet or armoire. You can also make your furniture more functional by using it for more than one purpose. Use a footstool to store blankets or board games, or neatly fold a few extra sets of sheets in your pull-out couch.
You can also utilize wall space as much as possible. Shelves are cheap and typically easy to install and can add a lot of additional storage without taking up space on the floor. You can even use them as part of your overall aesthetic by adding some decorative items or plants. Use shelves in your kitchen for spices, and you’ll free up a cupboard for something else. Use shelving (or a ladder) in your bathroom to hang towels and you’ll have more room in your linen closet for other things.
Your goal should be to make the most of every square inch of your home, so get creative, think outside of the box, and you’ll be able to store more belongings without feeling cramped.
Do More Outdoors
Just because you live in a tiny home doesn’t mean you won’t have outdoor equipment. Many tiny houses are in rural areas, so you might need tools and equipment to maintain your yard, take care of a garden, or keep your camping and kayaking gear.
You might have a garage or shed for your outdoor belongings, but chances are it’s not going to be much bigger than the home, itself. Some of the best ways to store outdoor gear include
- Utilizing wall space with pegboards and hooks
- Hanging things from the ceiling
- Using buckets and baskets for organization
- Making your own racks using PVC
- Putting items on display
Be smart with your outdoor storage and make organization a top priority. You’ll want to keep the things you use most often easily accessible. If you find that it’s difficult to keep things in order, consider what you really need and whether it might be time to “declutter” by selling or donating some of your larger items.
Tiny home living requires some creativity. Whether you’ve been living in a tiny house for a while or you’re just considering it, understand the importance of being resourceful and prioritizing functionality. If you can build your own tiny house from the ground up, use that creativity to think about storage solutions, and how you might maximize the storage options in your home without taking away from the overall design and feel of the house.
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