I have a confession to make.
When I lived in a large suburban house I was not that organized.
I had a theory that if I would use an item again I didn’t want to have to put it away only to get it out again to use it.
Not only that, but mail would pile up on the counter and clothes would never make it back to the closet after they were washed.
So, I wasn’t precisely sure how living in a tiny house would change anything. I figured it could get just as messy but worse in a small space.
As it turns out, going small helped me with my organizational skills. Here are 5 ways I stay organized in the tiny house and you can too.
Put it away. The good news about a tiny space is that the place where something belongs can’t, by nature, be too far from where it is used. Put it away. Does that salt shaker go on a shelf? Don’t leave it on the counter. Did you just get home from the Laundromat? Put the clothes in the closet now, not later.
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Designated places. When I got home from work and we lived in a big house I would toss my purse on the counter and throw my coat on the back of a chair. They didn’t belong there but somehow I felt like I deserved not to put them away because I was at work all day. Now, I have a dedicated shelf in the closet for my purse and a hook for my coat. They never stay out in the main living space.
Digitize. Are you worried about books, DVDs, and CDs taking up too much space? This is an easy to solve problem in this digital age. The Kindle Reader app is free and can be installed on any device from a tablet to an iPhone. You can watch movies and TV shows on Netflix or Hulu. And all your music can be stored as MP3s on iTunes.
Small organizers. I have found that if I have a large storage bin I tend to shove whatever fits in it, even unrelated things. My solution – smaller storage bins within the larger context of a shelf or closet. For example, use small baskets in your kitchen cabinets to put all of the food items. Rice and pasta can go in one, oils in another, condiments in another. This will keep your pantry from getting out of hand.
Out of the way containers. For things you need in your tiny house but don’t get used every day it is good to have a space, hopefully out of the way, dedicated to them. Our tiny house was designed with a storage loft over the front door. We can keep our winter comforter in a box so it is out the way but accessible when we need it. We also keep batteries, extra towels, and even a game or two.
How do you keep yourself organized in a small space?
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