New Couch!

When we visited our friend Jimmy last weekend he gave us a folding couch/bed from a 1980s van.

Goodbye to the narrow seat we created over our tiny house’s wheel-well and hello to a new (to us) comfy, compact hide-a-bed! 

Ryder approves!

Minimalism and Storage

After the compost toilet, the second thing I’m asked about the most regarding tiny house living is: “Where do you put all of your stuff?”

Honestly, you just can’t have a lot of “stuff” to begin with. I have never been one to collect a lot of things, but I know that the acquisition of material items (from clothing, to electronics, to kitchen gadgets and collectables) is a huge priority AND problem for many people in the United States. When people live in big spaces, they feel the need to fill that space to the brim. To live tiny successfully, you have to be a minimalist from the start, or be willing to make the transition to a much less “stuff”-oriented lifestyle, and that transition can be a tough one psychologically for people who have a hard time letting go of material things.

Having limited space for storage makes you really evaluate what is truly a “need” and what is truly a “want”. For me, quality has always been more important than quantity. Living in a smaller space makes me much more conscious of what I truly need to bring into that space, and the extraneous is cut out significantly.

I hope that sharing a few pictures of how we’ve managed the storage question can give other people some ideas on how to store their own items.

closet

There is a small closet behind the front door where work clothes are hung, shoes and coats are kept, as well as our toolbag and other necessities (flashlights, batteries, etc.).

loftstorage_fall2016

There is loft storage above our door where we keep seasonal clothing and bedding packed away until needed. We’ve also got a coat rack and we use our beams as a place to hang items from the garden to dry (pictured are fresh mint for tea and popcorn ears).

wheelwellcouch

There’s a small couch in our living space and underneath we store the batteries for our electric system and other personal necessities in boxes.

undersinkstorage

Under the kitchen sink we store pots and pans, cleaning items, Ryder’s food, and a small garbage can.

bathstorage

We store toiletries and soaps under the bathroom sink.

officespace

The backroom serves as an office space, but also a place to put the laundry hamper and a basket for Ryder’s toys and towels. Not pictured: Chase also keeps his clothing in baskets under the L-shaped desk.

shelves

The bookshelves serve double-duty: storage for books but also large kitchen bowls and other items.


Behind the bed in our loft, Chase built a “footlocker”. This is where I store my casual clothes, undies, and linens.

Thinking Spring

We had such a mild winter this year! But let me tell you, it’s a welcomed change from the severe cold we experienced since my transition to tiny house living.

Early spring-like weather means early winter clean-up: organizing wood piles for next year, doing needed outside house repairs, and planning for upcoming summer projects – like working on a “micro house” made from 95% reclaimed materials.

MicroHouse_2016

The teeny, tiny “micro house”!

Chase has been thinking of ways to utilized slab wood (the wood left over from milling trees) besides just as firewood. Chase started making some slab wood raised beds at our property so that we can have our own little garden this year.

Frisbee

Ryder hoping for a game of frisbee

As for upcoming projects, there’s a lot we want to tackle: redesigning the composting area, installing the pretty red gutters we were gifted for a rain-catch system, seeing if my perennials survived and planting more, figuring out what deep-cycle batteries will work best for powering our little d/c refrigerator and, as always, attempting to perfect our water storage system so it won’t freeze next winter.

Here’s to the sunny days ahead. 🙂