But, where do I put my stuff?
Downsizing to live in a tiny house can either be exciting or extremely stressful. Some people find it liberating to free themselves from their ‘stuff’ while others find it overwhelming. If you wait until you’re ready to pull the trigger and buy your tiny house, you won’t have much time to downsize all of your belongings to fit into 200 square feet. At 84 Tiny Living, we always recommend that you start downsizing when you start thinking about going tiny. We even have a few tips to help you with the process:
- Try to challenge yourself by donating or getting rid of 5 things a day. If you did that every day for a month, you would have successfully downsized by 150 items. Continue on that path for as long as necessary.
- For those items that you aren’t sure if you will need, put them in a box in the closet. If you don’t open that box within 6 months, then it’s time to donate it.
- Measure the space you live in now, then measure off 200 square feet (or the size of the tiny you are thinking about moving into) to get a feel of what it will be like. Challenge yourself to live only in that space and see what it feels like. Take notice of everything that you use on a daily basis and make sure you include it in that space.
Once you know what items will be going with you then you can decide how much, and what kind, of storage you will need in your tiny house.
- Perhaps you need a tall closet to hang dresses or dress shirts. Or, maybe you don’t wear those types of items, so you need a lot of shelves to store folded items on.
- Maybe you like to snack and cook, so you need a lot of cabinet space in your tiny kitchen. Be sure to check the height of the containers of foods that you regularly cook with, so you know how high to build the shelves.
- If you have a lot of shoes, you’ll need an area by the door to use for storing them all.
- If you have a cat, where will you store the litter box?
Storage areas can easily be built into your tiny house; however, you should have an idea of what you will need before you start the build. This way you can be well prepared and won’t be scrambling to pack it all in at the end.