So in a few short months I am going to be moving into my tiny house and there are three things that I am really having a hard time trying to figure out how I’m going to handle getting into my tiny house. They are things that I use very rarely, but there isn’t a good option to not having them. I thought I’d air my metaphorical “dirty laundry” out for everyone to see, and just maybe I could get some ideas from you all.
So the three things things that I have been having a hard time paring down on are
- Camping equipment
- Reference books and materials for my job
Going through this list I obviously still need my tools for building my house and I have several smaller projects to do after the house, so as of right now I use them every week, but what about after? I have quite a few power tools that I’d really like to keep, but there is really no place in a tiny house for all of them.
I wrote about this a little bit in this post and I have been thinking I’d like to build a tiny house office in the near future. Basically the tiny house office will be for me to shift my job to a work from home job 100% of the time, I think it is important to have a separate space to work in so you can leave it behind when you need to. My tools take up about 30ish cubic feet right now, so in the grand scheme of things not a whole lot, but too much to pack into the house; they are something that I do want to keep.
Camping/backpacking is one of my hobbies that I have have done since I was 12, I have literally backpacked a few thousand miles with a 40lb pack on my back. I love the views, the time away from it all, and the time spent with friends. The gear for this hobby is quite specialized and pretty expensive. As I have curated my “perfect system” over the years I have gotten down my weekend pack down to an impressive 24 lbs including my water! The trouble with camping things like tents and sleeping bags, you have to store them loosely to not damage them. Loosely meaning it takes up a lot of space, not ideal for a tiny house.
I’ve thought about selling it and then renting it when I need to, but honestly the idea of renting a sleeping bag that others have hiked all day and then slept in is not something I could handle… pretty gross. Besides my gear is markedly better than what they have for rentals around here.
Finally I have quite a few materials, books and other things that I need to do my job. I am a very big proponent of digitizing things, minimizing, streamlining, but in the end, you need the tools to do your job. This is an interesting difference between me and a lot of other tiny house people. To add to the difficulty I am doing two jobs right now, the one that I’m doing and then the one I want to be doing full time. While there are quite a few that live and work from a tiny house, their jobs seem to lend themselves to it. My current job doesn’t so this is in part why I am considering building my tiny house office.
So that is my conundrum at this point, I’ve been wrestling with this for a while and haven’t really come up with a good answer. Thoughts?