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.


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.).


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).


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.


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


We store toiletries and soaps under the bathroom sink.


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.


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.