The minimalist movement has gained a lot of traction in the last decade, with more people turning toward a less materialistic way to live. Tiny homes have become the most popular part of the minimalist effort because these types of living spaces encourage people to take up less space than usual, which, in turn, means you need to own fewer things. In the past, people have been consumed with the idea that more prominent means better, leading people to buy huge mansions or unnecessarily large homes, even if it’s not within their budget.
Tiny home living encourages us to live within our means and only spend money on things we genuinely care about. This doesn’t mean that you can’t purchase expensive jewelry and gold chains or own dozens of books; it’s merely a way to think about which material possessions add value and meaning to our lives without shelling out money on a bunch of excess items that we don’t need. If you’re thinking about purchasing a tiny home or you’re just starting in one, here are some tips for staying organized in your new space.
Get Rid Of Clutter Often
Before the big move into your first tiny home, you’ll probably be doing a lot of decluttering, throwing out trinkets and unnecessary items. But, once you’ve moved into your house, this step isn’t over. If you want to keep your tiny home organized year-round, you’ll need to consistently go through your belongings and ditch anything that could be considered clutter. It’s easy to let items build-up, especially paper items like bills, notebooks, etc.
You need to create some system for determining which types of things you will keep and which can be discarded. Different people have different parameters for this, but one example would be to discard anything that hasn’t been used within the last month. This may be too extreme if you’re starting to pare down for your tiny home. You can begin to rid your home of your items more slowly.
Use Shelves And Vertical Space
The most significant appeal to many people’s tiny homes is the limited space, encouraging them to purchase fewer items. Because the area is so limited, you are forced to think more creatively about storing your items. Anyone who has mastered the tiny home lifestyle always tells newbies to think vertically. There is so much potential when you start coming up with ways to hang and store items vertically.
Shelves are the perfect way to store miscellaneous kitchen utensils or other odds and ends that might not fit anywhere else. Corner shelves can make the ideal replacement nightstand tucked in next to your bed. If you’re going to get innovative with your vertical spaces, you can use magnetic surfaces to hang items from the underneath side of your shelves, as well as the top, doubling your storage space. If you have many accessories and other jewelry, you can also use hooks and wall-hanging storage.
Separate The Space Into Rooms
Regular-sized homes are usually always separated into different rooms, but, depending on the size of your tiny home, your living space may operate more like a studio apartment with very few distinctions between different areas of the house.
To help keep you as organized as possible, you should set your boundaries and create different room-like environments for every housing area. This will help you determine specific places for various belongings. Be sure to give everything in your home a final spot where it belongs to avoid clutter from building up throughout the house.
Make Use Of Any And All Extra Space
This is where you might have to start getting creative. The toughest aspect of moving from a regular home to a tiny house is the extra storage space. We’re so used to being able to shove our belongings into closets, up into attics in the basement, but with a tiny home, these extra rooms are nonexistent.
You may have a closet or two in your new tiny home, but you need to carefully consider the most efficient way to use it, which is why you can add extra storage spaces throughout the house. Underneath the bed is a significant storage space, especially if you create a bed frame with drawers to allow you to keep everything organized, rather than shoving it under the mattress and forgetting about it. You can also turn furniture like coffee tables or cabinets into storage space.
Use Multi-Purpose Furniture
The best way to accurately organize your tiny home is by giving as many items as multiple possible purposes. Your kitchen table can be converted into a desk; a side table can be converted into a chair. This is another area where you can get creative, and you may even consider reaching out to people who specialize in creating tiny home furniture for more ideas. One of the best uses of space in small homes is the wall-mounted table or even beds and couches. This gives you plenty of extra space when the furniture isn’t being used, but it still allows you to have vital furniture pieces.
Research Other Tiny Home Organizations
Because tiny homes have become so popular, a growing community of small homeowners has united to share ideas and experiences with others. There are dozens of YouTube channels, TV shows, and social media accounts that you can follow for even more ideas on staying organized. You’ll also find tons of Facebook groups and other forums where you can communicate directly with other tiny homeowners to learn more about how they pared down and switched over to the small home life.
Make The Best Use Of Your Space
Downsizing to a tiny home can be a tricky endeavor as you try to declutter your home, but with the right motivation and organization skills, you’ll be able to make your new home as cozy as ever. Try to take advantage of vertical spaces and utilize as much storage space as possible. Get creative with it and give every belonging a specific place to help make cleaning up easy. If you are diligent about your organization’s routines, you’ll find that tiny home living is everything you hoped it would be.