Tiny living is the up and coming trend to address and adapt to the housing crisis, the minimalist lifestyle and to be more environmentally friendly. Aside from saving money, downsizing, and decreasing your carbon footprint- a tiny house can also earn back your money by doing short term rentals, increase your mobility if you’re a frequent traveler and is easy to maintain! Going tiny can be an outlandish idea for some but any of our tiny houses can be customized to meet each person’s individual needs to make your tiny unique to you! Here are some tips that we have come up with to make the transition into a tiny house as smooth as possible:
1. “Marie Kondo” your closet!
We enjoyed Marie Kondo’s Netflix series and book just as much as anyone else. Does an item “bring you joy?” If not- donate it! That one purse sitting in the back of your closet because it doesn’t match any of your outfits might be ready to go to a different home where it’ll get more use. Did you go through a phase where you attempted to change your style but that retro corduroy jacket will never see the light of day? Ya… it’s time to put it in the donate pile. And all of those random hats you get for free at events… Should I say it again…? Donate!
2. Go digital!
Can we all agree that we have that file cabinet or stack of paper of important paperwork but you’re not really sure what to do with it? You might be able to find space for those bursting manila folders in your tiny but it’ll just keep accumulating! Yikes! Try transitioning into making electronic copies instead. Scan it, upload it onto a computer and throw it onto a hard drive (maybe 2, it’s always nice to have a backup), then shred those papers and recycle it! This also includes transitioning to eBooks and getting a Netflix and Spotify account to help you declutter your CD and DVD collection.
3. How many plates do you really need.
And, this goes for utensils, mugs, bowls, spatulas, pots and pans. And let’s be honest, we all have that one mug we actually use and the rest just sits there and collects dust. A good rule of thumb is to have a full set including a plate, bowl, mug, drinking glass, fork, spoon and knife for four people. Now open that cluttered drawer with all the “cooking utensils” and pick one of everything! Now stop! That’s all! You don’t need 6 different whisks, I promise! And knives- as tempting as it is to buy that complete knife set with 7 different mediocre knives, invest your money into getting just 2 or 3 high quality knives. Must-have knives in a kitchen is a paring knife, a chef’s knife and a serrated knife.
4. The garage…
Don’t be intimidated by that cluttered space and don’t fear, I’m not going to tell you to donate your skis, your weights, a box of family heirlooms or your outdoor furniture. There’s just some things that don’t fit or belong inside your house- and that goes for a tiny house, too! If these items are important to you, then there’s no shame to get that extra storage space to store them when you transition into your tiny house. Similar to the way you use your garage, that’s how you can use a smaller storage space- but try, please, just try, to not let it pile up into another version of well… your garage.
5. Mentally prepare yourself for this transition.
Although it’s an exciting time, it can also be stressful. Whether you’re getting your customized tiny built by Tru Form or building it yourself, challenges will arise. You might be transitioning to the tiny house all by yourself, with your partner, a furry friend or with your kids! Have your family and friends help you with the downsizing tasks of decluttering your house. Discuss your boundaries with your partner since you’ll be living in such close quarters. Find a space or community that you love and get along with when looking for a parking spot for the tiny. And if you just can’t get rid of that purse when decluttering your closet- then keep it, don’t stress!
Keep these tips in mind when you design your own at https://truformtiny.com/design-yours/!