I don’t know about you, but I love watching shows about people living in tiny houses. The simple, eco-friendly vibe of them really appeals, but at this stage of my life they aren’t a practical choice for me. So, today I wanted to share how we can all apply the tiny house principles no matter where we live! I’d love to hear your thoughts too!
Have a home for everything
This is really the key to tiny house living, because you don’t have room to have things lying around without a home. Even if you have more space to play with, it’s an excellent principle to apply to your home. It will likely require a declutter, followed by some reorganisation of everything that is left, but it will be worth it. To really live like you’re in a tiny house you need to make sure everything gets put back in their home as well!
Get creative with your spaces
One of my favourite tiny house principles is how creative people get with their spaces. Everything is used to its ultimate effectiveness and multi-function spaces are key. This is definitely something that we can all apply, particularly in spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. My apartment is much larger than a tiny house (although still not huge!) so making sure every space is being used purposefully and creatively is high on my agenda.
Let the light in
To make tiny houses feel larger, and cut down on electricity usage, they tend to install as many windows as possible. This means everything from windows in doors, skylights and everything in between. Whilst this might be tricky in apartments, it’s definitely a principle to apply if you own your own home. Letting more light in (with appropriate shading for the hot weather!) makes any space feel more open and reduce your reliance on electric lights. Plus, natural light is just nicer! Still if you use windows in doors, it means you should pay special attention to security issues. Check over here for some modern options to make your house a safer place.
Choose multi-purpose and essential products
Much like having multi-purposes spaces is a key tiny house principle, keeping only multi-purpose or essential products are vital as well. Declutter anything that you don’t use, or that are so specific that they rarely get a look in, and only keep what you really need. There’s simply not the room for them in a tiny house, but no matter how large your house is we can all benefit from a good decluttering. Kitchens are a particularly bad spot for unnecessary bits and bobs, so start there if you’re after some quick wins! Then, make sure that anything new you are bringing in can serve more than one purpose, or is absolutely essential.
Make use of outdoor spaces
One of my favourite things about tiny house living is seeing how they are able to transform their outdoor spaces into useful extra living zones. There’s no reason we can’t all be doing that as well! I use my balcony as a spot to grow plants, but it’s also an extra cooking and entertaining space, plus a place for me to relax. You don’t have to focus just on your backyard either, there’s no reason we can’t turn our front yards into useful living spaces as well. It doesn’t matter if the neighbours can see in, maybe that will make them stop for a chat!