Tiny houses and RVs are becoming popular living options. For many, the idea of downsizing is appealing. For others, the ability to travel often is what pulls them in. Whatever their reasons for moving into such small living spaces, what they all soon discover is that organizing a tiny home is no easy feat.
However, that's not to say that organizing such a living space is impossible. Plenty of people are living in well-organized small spaces all over the country. These individuals have used a combination of brains and minimalism to make their tiny homes functional, neat, and cozy while still holding onto everything needed for day-to-day living.
Here are a few tips that can help you get your little home organized and looking amazing in no time flat.
The first and most important step to keeping a tiny living space looking neat is to declutter. In order to downsize to an RV or tiny house, you simply must get rid of things. For most people, this means selling off 80% (or more) of their possessions in a yard sale.
If you aren't sure whether or not something should be kept, consider the last time it was used. More than a month ago? It can probably go.
That said, for most people, getting rid of most of what they own is very difficult to do. Therefore, it might be helpful to find ways to fill any void you fear you may feel when your material possessions are gone. Volunteer work, travel, and learning a new skill are all amazing experiences that are infinitely more valuable than the material items you have held onto for so long.
When furnishing a small space, it is important to use space wisely. Purchasing items that have multiple functions is recommended. For instance, a day bed with drawers underneath that can function as a couch, bed, and clothing storage space is an amazing option for a tiny house.
Folding furniture can also work well. An example of this would be a table that can fold away to open up more floor space when it's not in use.
All too often, tiny homes and even some RVs are lacking in cabinet space. This makes it nearly impossible to store essential items such as cookware, clothing, and toiletries.
Fortunately, this can be fixed fairly easily by purchasing custom-made cabinets from a cabinet company. While these will cost a bit more than some ready-made storage options, they can be customized to fit your needs and will be mounted up on walls so as not to intrude on precious floor space.
Hang It Up
From mugs to jackets and even to fruit, there are a great number of things which can be hung from the walls and ceilings in your tiny home. If you are unsure where to keep a particular item, consider whether or not it can be hung from a hook or over a door. If the answer is yes, you should probably hang it up rather than use what little cabinet space you have storing it.
Over-the-door shoe organizers, hanging closet organizers, and hanging fruit baskets can all help you take full advantage of the hanging space in your home.
Put It Away
Small spaces typically become cluttered more quickly than large homes. For this reason, it's crucial that every item has a place, and that it is put back into its place immediately after each use. Sure, this will mean washing dishes more often and putting away projects between work sessions, but the peace of mind you will receive when your home is clean and tidy will be well worth the extra effort.
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