It’s nothing fancy, pretty small, tiny in fact, not even 900 square feet, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in character. Built 100 years ago it has the original hardwood floors, plaster walls, high ceilings, and woodwork. It has a great front porch where the kids can play even when it gets too cold to be outside and a nice size yard to fulfill my gardening needs. We didn’t just buy any house, we bought our house. The same one we’ve been renting for the last five years.
A tiny house has its benefits; less to clean, easier to eavesdrop on your kids, less area to navigate when someone is crying in the middle of the night. It also has its disadvantages; less privacy, a little more chaotic, and a lot more clutter. In anticipation of the big purchase we’ve spent the last couple weekends clearing out all—okay, some—of the crap we’ve been accumulating for the last five years and tried to get more organized.
I thought I’d share with you our renovations as we started on this path of home ownership and offer any tips we stumble upon on how to make our tiny home more livable. I don’t fancy myself a design blogger by any means but I’m always on the lookout for ideas so I’d love to hear your solutions too. Promise?
One area that gets massively messy is our back porch, aka mud room, aka dirty shoe and junk area. We used to have this janky table in there and some random chairs and everyone would just kick their shoes off into a sand and mud infused pile. The Professor (genius that he is) made this super simple shoe cubby system and placed a nice piece of reclaimed wood on top.
Now everything is so organized and neat and beautiful I want to squeal it makes me so happy when I walk in there. We also hung some low hooks so the kids will have no excuses when I yell, I mean ask them politely, to hang up their crap.
It’s wonderful and I love it. One tiny house solution accomplished 23,573,947 to go!
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