Making Small Space Storage Work
Small space storage is a huge issue for those living in small houses. How do you make the most of the space you have.? Whether it’s utilizing underbed storage, going vertical, or using hidden cubbies or making the most of dead spaces, here are some ideas that I’ve created in my home that can help you in yours.
I watch most of the TV shows about the tiny house movement. I think the biggest concern seems to be where do I put my stuff. George Carlin did a bit on “our stuff” and where we keep it. He pointed out that a house is just a place to keep our stuff with a lid on it. The biggest economical reason for owning a tiny house is that we’re now required to buy less stuff. If everyone moved into a tiny house it might put WalMart out of business. We won’t need to buy as much stuff to fill up our tiny houses.
Owning a tiny house changes the order of things in the world. Owning less becomes prestigious, I own less that you and I’m thinking about buying a smaller tiny house so I can own even less than I have now. Well, maybe we can work less and live well or live well on what we’ve saved for retirement.
I was not in on the original interior design of the Tiny Texas House. If I had been, I would have done a few things differently. But things being what they are, I think good economical improvements have been made to the storage issue. And, there is still plenty of room for additional storage innovations at a time when they are needed. It’s comforting to know that if I want to buy more stuff in the future I will have a place to keep it without buying a bigger tiny house.
Small Space Storage Solutions – the Closet
Renovation started with removing the antique vanity and replacing it with a six foot long, double door, closet with sliding doors. The landlord put in the closet to my specs and I bought the sliding doors to finish it out. The closet holds two levels of hanging clothes, an apartment size freezer and an abundance of shelving for storage. This added about 110 cubic feet of storage to the Tiny Texas House. With my method of cooking once a month, the small freezer is a must have.
The shelves in the closet are designed to hold long term food storage in the back and kitchen cooking appliances in the front. The Tiny Texas House does not have a cooking range or oven but I have several other appliances that are mobile to take their place. The microwave is mounted under the cabinets but everything else can be stored away in the closet space. The top shelf holds my George Forman Grille, the second shelf holds my NuWave Induction Cooktop (works great), and the third shelf holds the much used NFL Cowboy Crock-Pot. The bottom shelf holds my newest acquisition, the Oster Oven. The floor level holds my tool bag and assorted electric and hand tools. This leaves the kitchen counter clear except on days that I cook.
There is also a 4′ shelf above the upper clothes rod. There I store light weight items that are seldom used.
Small Space Storage Solutions – Dead Space Storage
There is a half wall room divider between the entry and living area. As you can see in the picture, this divider has shelves that hold a lot of food. Most food item are stored on these shelves before being moved for use in the kitchen. This helps me rotate my food inventory and keep items fresh. I have enough food inventories now that I can buy only items on sale or clearance each month.
There are usually plenty of other items to hold me over. More and more, I’m getting away from canned goods and cooking with fresh or frozen veggies once a month, putting it away in Reditainer plastic containers for individual meals. Very handy. Don’t miss reading about my cooking system using the Reditainer plates for food storage.
Small Space Storage Solutions – the Kitchen
When I moved into the Tiny Texas House, there was little storage in the kitchen. The landlord bought and I helped him install new kitchen cabinets from Lowes. The new kitchen cabinets not only gave me room to store all my kitchen utensils but updated the looks of the Tiny Texas House. Previously, there was only 1 open six-foot long shelf for everything.
To further upgrade the looks of the kitchen, the landlord installed a new counter top. A big improvement over the varnished plywood and more sanitary.
The kitchen area has more food storage for things that I use on a day to day basis. It’s not a large space, but plenty of room for me to keep my spices and canned good that I might be working with on a project. The hot water heater is under the sink, plus there is an additional 20 cubic feet of storage for other items there as well.
A combination of added storage and new kitchen counter top has improved the looks of the entire Tiny Texas House.
More About the House to come soon.