Tiny houses have introduced a "less is more" approach to housing. The average size of a tiny house is approximately 180 square feet. That's almost 15 times less than the typical size of an American home at 2600 square feet, according to the United States Census Bureau.
A drastic downsize isn't easy – and it's not meant for every homeowner. However, there are different tips the Tiny House movement can teach people about how to declutter, organize and repurpose homes of all sizes.
Pare down to the essentials
We're accustomed to having a variety of material possessions, but it's important to skip the extras. If you want to declutter your home, keep only essential items. The Tiny Living blog stresses the importance of "buying intentionally" and learning "quality vs. quantity." Homeowners should understand when an item brings value to a space or just adds more clutter.
If you're focusing on smaller spaces such as closets, junk drawers and old storage containers, decluttering can be somewhat simple. Create piles and decide what items you want to keep, donate, sell or toss. As you become more comfortable with purging unnecessary items, try to tackle larger spaces such as your garage or attic. Remember, this process will help you find space for the things that truly matter!
Create clever storage solutions
Almost every item in your home should have a designated storage place. Find innovative ways to store – or even hide – your belongings to reduce even more clutter. Couches and other seating such as built-in benches can serve as storage space or even hidden compost areas.
If you live in a two-story home, get creative with whatever space you have under your stairs. Add pullout drawers, shelving, a desk or reading nook. Also, you can create drawers in the "dead space" that isn't normally used. Good Housekeeping explains how toe kick drawers, pull-down ceiling shelves and shallow floor storage are other crafty ways to organize your items.
Transform your space for multiple purposes
Most tiny house designs are multifunctional. This is mainly because tiny house owners need innovative ways to sleep, eat, cook, work and relax in the same area. Although you might not be living in a 180 square foot space, there are techniques to bring similar design styles to a regular-sized home.
One solution is to find items or areas in your space that serve more than one purpose. Pull-out sofas can function as a place to relax with your friends and loved ones, but they also provide extra sleeping space for guests. In offices or designated homework areas around the house, you might consider using stackable chairs, folding desks or portable tables where necessary. The IKEA PS 2014 furniture collection is one of many choices shoppers have when it comes to versatile furniture solutions.
All homeowners can learn a thing or two from tiny house living. By implementing some of these "tiny tricks" in your own home, you can create a minimalistic and more sustainable living area!