If you’ve been a follower of the tiny house movement for the past few years, chances are you’ve seen this video tour of Felice Cohen’s 90-square-foot micro apartment in Manhattan:
Felice moved to Manhattan to pursue writing, and the 12’x7′ apartment gave her the freedom to write her first book full time without having to worry about astronomical rent payments. The video tour of her tiny home in the concrete jungle has been viewed almost 12 million times on YouTube, and people from all over the world wondered how she managed to thrive for five years in such a small space. Luckily, Felice recently released her latest book, 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (…or More), to share her experiences and tricks of the trade.
Felice was kind enough to send us a copy of the book, which I devoured (figuratively). The book is part organization manual and part lifestyle guide. She draws from her experience as a professional organizer to dish her tips for organizing any size space. Felice bookends these lessons with a memoir of her journey to tiny living, as well as the aftermath of YouTube fame and settling into a positively palatial 490-square-foot pad.
90 Lessons is a nice quick read, but packed with immediately actionable tips to improve your space and your life. The core of the book mirrors the ethos of the tiny house movement itself – that lessening your attachment to objects and keeping them in order frees up our most precious resource – time. Felice is also a fantastic storyteller, and it was great to learn the story behind the person in the YouTube video.
Think of this book as a more approachable version of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The central message is similar – downsize first, then organize – but this book is better for beginner downsizers just getting their toes wet. And because Felice successfully lived the tiny life abiding by these lessons, you know they’ll work for you in your tiny house!
Felice and her apartment were a big inspiration to me as I was just discovering small house living. No matter your lifestyle, her book will be a valuable addition to your bookshelf.
This is a pretty neat loft style apartment where the owner asked his designer to build him the ultimate “bachelor pad” in a small loft space. There is a ton of reclaimed lumber and other materials that was integrated into the space for charm. The loft took advantage of the tall ceilings and you’ll notice on the upper levels they used a lot of glass to not close off anything. While it isn’t tiny, it is a small apartment for sure. Here is what came of it.
I am often asked if couples can live in Tiny House, the answer is yes, but it takes some special people. This couple both lived in Tiny Houses, one 800, the other 550 square feet. They moved in with each other and we able to still downsize to 426 feet. They didn’t give too much up either, with effective styling and design, they were able to make a home that was small but could hold allot. They have a whole wall that is storage that a large curtain covers when needed. High on the walls, they hang extra chairs, these folks know how to maximize height! When coming to the design, they say “Our best advice is to consider the value of each improvement. Go cheap where you can, but invest where you should.”