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Three Things I Am Having A Hard Time With

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

  1. Tools
  2. Camping equipment
  3. 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.

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Half of my current tools

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.

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Me a 14,000 feet

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?

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Tools of the trade – Permaculture

56 Comments
  1. how about a deek-inspired mini-storage shed? As long as it’s vaguely weatherproof, your tools and equipment should be OK.

    My tiny house concept involves a garage for my large toys (canoe, tools, workshop, etc).

    • The best bet is to build the house on stills, no need to be more that 36″ tall, that way you can use the whole perimetre under the floor as storage.

  2. Ryan,
    I plan on creating a shed on wheels. In fact, I plan on doing it in reverse order. I create the shed and get ‘some’ practice in building, then I build the house. After I create the shed, I will have a place for my tools, and supplies while I work on the house. I would make it on a road trailer (not oversized), and make it a length that will take care of your storage needs, including lumber.

    If I feel it is too cumbersome or no longer needed, I can always sell my shed.

    This is at least one thought to pursue. Maybe a ‘larger office’ will take care of all your needs.

    • One place I lived was settled by people from Finland and they would build the sauna first and live in it while building the main house.

  3. Happy you are having the same trouble as me!! I’m a music teacher here in oz and have lots of sheet music that is required playing for many exams and auditions etc not to mention good for technique etc. many of these old pieces aren’t digitised yet. Have a Facebook page for the building of my tiny house. I will share our conundrum and see if any of my Aussie fans have ideas!

    http://Www.facebook.com/tinyhouseinoz

  4. When we were first clearing our land (almost two years prior to our building our tiny house) we built a storage closet. At 4′ x 8′ it is not huge but it does all we need it to. It holds our yard equipment/garden equipment (including our awesome manual lawnmower), our backpacks and hiking/camping supplies, clothes for our daughter to grow in to (read: hand-me-downs), and a few select books that we have kept. The secret is that we use plastic storage boxes to organize and we label them. We also ONLY keep books that are relevant. For instance, a PHP book is fine but I am way past that now and don’t need the reference.

    As for lumber though? We don’t save lumber really. And what we do save we stack off the ground and cover with an old piece of tin or maybe a tarp.

    You can see pics of us building our storage closet here: https://plus.google.com/photos/115663763662641260344/albums/5800684760981429969

    To see what happens when you just put stuff in your storage closet and then decided it needs to be cleaned out you can see that here:
    https://plus.google.com/photos/115663763662641260344/albums/5865601625548109601

  5. A few thoughts.

    Tools: Depending on where you land you may be able to have access to a “Maker Space” or a “Hacker Space.” This is generally a communal workshop where tools and space can be had relatively cheap (like $50.00/month.)

    Camping stuff: Even a small cheapy rubbermaid bin can be stored outside and still be relatively weather tight. I have used 55 gallon drums to store dry goods outside without any issues related to water damage. You can put them inside you tiny house during transportation and remove them once you get to your destination.

    Books and Reference materials: You could go with an ebook reader and get much of the material that you use digitally. This has reduced my personal physical collection and I still have access to these items on my tablet, computer and cell-o-phone. Also your local library should have access to many of the items that are not available electronically and it is free. Items that are not readily available can be scanned into your computer and stored in the “cloud” if necessary.

    Fred

  6. I have rented a unit in a self-storage place: business records and suppllies, extra clothes, bedding, pots and pans, dishes, books, art supplies, tools, sports/recreation/camping stuff, folding chairs and tables for workshops I hold. Its worth it to not have to rebuy the things at much higher prices and lower quality. I’m actually in there getting something or dropping something off once a week or so.

    At first I had a 5 x 7 unit, then cancelled that and got a 10 x 10 where it is easier to organize and access — so it is not all piled together but is spread out on tables and grouped in categories.

    Also have stuff stored in a stall in a friend’s barn, like left-over lumber, gardening pots and tools and things and fertilizers/perlite, extra doors and windows, leftover insulation, wheelbarrows, etc.

  7. Hi, I saw a picture of a small living room in a tiny house that was located on one end of the house and was built on a platform with a trundle bed hidden underneath the platform. It occurs to me that you could build the platform taller, provide a two-or three-step staircase up to the platform, and have quite a bit of storage space underneath the platform. You could add bookshelves along the front edge of the space underneath the platform that pull out to reveal space for tools and camping equipment.

  8. What do you drive? If a car with a large trunk, you can keep a bunch of stuff in there. If a pickup with a topper, you already have tons of room. Even an SUV has a large “trunk” area. Or, you could just store them at a friend’s place while you build a small storage shed (or go on craigslist or Freecycle & find one free-for-the-moving).

  9. Living small does not prevent having a shed. Built out of 4×8 sheets of treated plywood/2×4’s raised off the ground at the corners on cement blocks. Combine with a standard sloped “shed” roof with an attached gutter feeding rain/snowmelt into a black 150 gallon water tank and you will have a wonderful source of drinkable rain water. Keep all construction to mutiples of 4×8 sheets, walls, floors etc and you will have no waste to speak of. It is not necessary to paint treated if you so desire. Within a year or two it will completely blend into the background if you are in a rural setting. Added bonus–when your “crumb” friends drop by you will have a second bedroom!

    I know what I speak of–I have been happily living in a 12×12 for almost seven years now.

  10. Hi Ryan,

    I’m having decision making dilemmas before even building because of my “storage” issues. If you really are planning on making a separate office with some storage, you might just want to do storage facility for a while until that happens. Sounds like you’ll need the tools for that. Inconvenient maybe, but temporary. Good luck with this, and let us know what you decide.

    Jo

  11. Would getting a small (5×8) or so enclosed utility trailer be an option? You could set it up near your tiny house if you have the space. Don’t know what storage prices are in your area, but where I’m at, buying a utility trailer would easily pay for itself in a year to two years over a storage unit.

  12. You measure the height from the ground to the bottom of the trailer. Get storage tubs in sizes that fit under that area. Store everything labeled on the tub in double heavy duty plastic bags and use a vacuum to suck out the air and zip tie them closed if long term storage. Items needed frequently just suck the air out and twist tie. Slide under trailer. Put latisse work or faux stone paneling around the base of the trailer mounted tiny house and it makes it look very tidy and hides the tubs from view.
    Robert

    • Of all the ideas so far I really dig this one best. The only issue I could see with it is theft risk. But then again, Tiny Homes don’t seem impervious to that overall.

      The vacuum packed, double-protected storage bins under the house, covered by lattice, and then perhaps potted plants for looks, might be a great solution for Ryan.

    • Robert,
      All of the ideas have a lot of merit, but I like yours as it could be very useful and environmental at the same time. But each person will have to decide what will work best for their situation.

      Thanks for the idea.

      Keith

      • Would anybody have any thoughts to the ‘security’ of items under the trailer. Security by obscurity only goes so far. If I was storing tools, this is quite a bit of money and quite tempting to others.

      • Keith,
        My clothes that are not needed in the summer get swapped with the winter season clothes. Stay dry and out of my way in the house. My 136sq ft plus 56 sq ft loft remains uncluttered plenty of room to move around and clothes tools etc not needed on a daily basis stay neatly out of sight under the tiny house.
        Robert
        TheTinyBungalow

        If there is nothing of interest to mice or rats a sealed tote with an inner liner void of air by using a vacuum cleaner I have never had a problem on the 5 acres,while motorhomes in the area are constantly invaded by rodents that chew in for food or warmth.
        You just need to prevent access and food and rats or mice are no issue.

    • Storage beneath the trailer was going to be my suggestion as well. You could mount one of those locking truckbed tool boxes on slide out rails. Make a locking hasp to keep in place and serve as extra theft protection.

      • My favorite idea so far at least for tools and smaller things.
        I have the same dilemma…. tools, camping gear and camera equipment.
        Thanks everyone for the ideas!

  13. Hi Ryan,

    I really enjoy how honest you are in your posts. This one clearly illustrates how difficult it can be, even for someone devoted to the idea of living tiny, to be able to fit all their life’s necessary items into one super-small structure.

    I wish I had any good ideas for you… maybe you could store things in waterproof plastic tubs that you keep just outside or under the tiny house? Or maybe a friend has space to rent or loan you in their garage?

  14. I laughed so hard when I saw your list: ours is exactly the same! We also need racks to lock our bicycles to.

    I had a silly idea one day – we’re thinking of a tiny house plus a separate bedroom (for guests, and expansion when kids come along). In a typical tiny house with a sleeping loft, I thought of putting the tent up in the loft, with the thermarests and sleeping bags laid out inside, so everything would be dry and well-aired. And the kids could play at camping indoors!

    That’s a silly idea rather than a super-practical one. Robert’s suggestion of storage under the house is a good one. I was thinking also of a lockable cabinet on an outside wall (where there’s no window), with a drop-down work surface for tools and fair-weather workspace.

    • Nicola,
      Two thumbs up for the lockable cabinet on an outside wall. I also wonder if the lockable cabinet could be used underneath as well.

      Hmmm, secure secure the fastenings from the inside. I am just considering that the space may be necessary when it is being moved.

      I love all the ideas.

    • Nicola, I also thought of attaching a cabinet to an outside wall (on the outside) for tools and small camping gear, but not of having it include a fold-out table. Cool.

      I once used my sleeping bag, rolled up, as a back cushion for my twin bed that I was using for a couch. Is there a way you can use it as a cushion or an ottoman or something? Or unroll it and use it as a quilt? Or just unroll it and store it under your matress like that? (If you end up setting it in a corner of the loft bed, let me tell you a lesson I learned the hard way as a kid. Put yourself against the wall and your sleeping bag (or in my case, stuffed animals) on the outisde. It’s annoying when your sleeping bag falls off the bed every night, but much more pleasant than when you, yourself fall out of the bed!)

      For books, are any at the local library? If so, maybe you could risk getting rid of those (though the library could get rid of their copy at any time, so don’t get rid of rare ones).

      Nicola, could you have some sort of slide-out U-shaped thing at the bottom of your house to which you could lock a bike?

    • http://www.tinyhousedesign.com/2010/08/02/fold-away-shed/ shows a wall cabinet(can be made deeper to hold more tools and supplies) and shows how the drop-down space could work.

  15. I too need more room than is found in a tiny house, given I raise farm animals and garden, not to mention tools and equipment for building/repairs. I never really considered NOT having a storage building. I see no downside to it, especially one on wheels like a properly sized trailer (for you). I do need a barn, so that’s where my extra things will go.
    Not every person living small fits into a cookie-cutter 100-things-or-less life, and there are lots of people who need more storage space for things essential to them.

  16. My father used an enclosed trailer for 18 years when he owned a landscaping service. they come in multiple sizes and can even be cheaply purchased second hand from moving companies like U-Haul. My fathers’ trailer looked like the inside of a workshop since he kept all of his normal household tools in it as well. We did not have a garage when we lived in Florida and this was the perfect solution. That trailer outlived 4 different vehicles and was then sold for more than half the original purchase price!

  17. I feel your pain! When my husband and I have talked about pairing down and getting rid of things, the biggest issue has been our backpacking equipment. As an avid backpacker, I have a ton of stuff related to that hobby and the sleeping gear is the worst since I have three seasons all needing their own bag. Part of what I’ve done is choosing to only have one thing for each job. So one pack, one pot, one stove, ect. But I have yet come up with a truly great solution as to what to do with all that down. As for the tools, I don’t really have or need a lot of tools but I know you can rent a lot of that type of thing from a hardware store. Don’t know if that is even an option for you but worth a look.

  18. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for your honesty. These are the issues that are stopping me from building a Tiny House. That and I’m too old to be using a loft bed. :)

    I figured on building a second trailer that was primarily an office but with a “shed” area accessable from the outside at the back. The office walls (especially the back wall with no window) can be lined with bookcases. Since you don’t need a sleeping loft in an office, you can either have a full sized storage attic or leave the ceiling open (the typical sloped ceiling) and put a “basement” under it (like those on inter city buses or motor homes).

    John

    • John,
      You can easily build a tiny trailer mounted house with ground level sleeping quarters. Don’t let that or storage stop you from the dream of a tiny house. I have all my stuff stored dry underneath and in the summer sleep on the main floor grand room winter up in the loft. I have no issues physically so loft is not a problem. You could build one with a main floor bedroom.
      Go build it.
      Robert

  19. We ran into the same problem. Our litte house is stationary on our own property, but only 540 sq. ft. There was no place for carpentry tools, garden tools, generator storage, lawn mower storage, etc.

    As soon as we were moved into the house, I built a combination chicken coop / tool shed. That solved the problem of the mower and garden tools, but my carpentry tools were stacked in larger “tupperware” containers. I could never find anything when I wanted it.

    We now have added a small (20X20) garage with a small (12X16) work shop to our little homestead. That has made life wonderful and complete. We still only heat 540 square feet, and still have a very small house to clean, but have storage above the garage and a shop for tools and a place to “putter”. Somethings a guy just can’t give up! lol

  20. What about the sort of storage systems used for car roof storage.
    Something like
    http://www.roofboxstore.org.uk/340-litre-car-roof-rack-cargo-bag-soft-top-box#.UbDWT_nbPK0
    Clearly there is a huge range of different possibilities.
    Use some sort of simple pulley system to let it down/pull it up.
    Some would be more secure than others,
    Love your site.
    Mark

  21. So, my ideas by issue:
    Tools and camping, To reiterate an idea already spoken, you have a significant amount of space below your house platform which you can use. My I suggest an idea by http://paleotool.com/the-vardo/, which is undercarriage storage lockers. These could be build in any configuration to cover your needs. Other ideas might be a shed like structor for the tongue of your trailer. Of course, as many have already said, a seperate locked shed at your final home is always a good option, something I would plan to use for tools, wood storage, and and to store a small generator for solar backup.

    Books. I’m going to assume that you’re down to what you call your bare minimum. That said, consider a single bookself which completely circumnavigates your greatroom as the hip of the roofline, or abit higher than eye level. This should give you lots of space for books and other nic-nacs while still not feeling cluttered. Again, this is something which I hope to take advantage of in my future home.

  22. Hey Ryan,

    Your problem brings up an important part of the planning and design process for tiny houses: people need to plan for ALL of their storage needs before swinging the hammer.

    In our tiny house project, we actually drew a map of where everything we own would go and made sure to leave room for a bit of stuff accumulation. We’ll see if it fits in about 6 months.

    I hope you come up with a good solution.

    -PG

  23. Stuff outside in plastic totes can still get awfully damp and mildewy even if fully protected from rain, not the best for fabrics or paper. Natural fibres like cotton are especially susceptible, synthetics less so. Those well sealed bags that you push or vacuum the air out of help a lot. Unheated storage can be hard on a lot of items and it’s good to air the stuff out once in a while.

    Never, EVER underestimate how good mice and other critters are at getting into outside storage, including sheds. They don’t just get into things with food, they also look for nesting spots and will wreak havoc with anything chewable. If they can get their mouth around a corner of a plastic tote they can chew it, then make the hole bigger until they get in. You also have to make sure any storage areas don’t become a cozy home for pack rats (the 4 legged kind), skunks, raccoons or other critters that might make life difficult and not just in rural areas.

  24. Instead of under the trailer how about floor storage. Use the space between the subfloor and the flooring. Instead on insulation create a space that is empty. Would do for books and things!

    • I’ve been thinking about something similar for a while. Not necessarily space between joists and floor, but, with all the ceiling height in a great room, you could have a step or two up into the main room and use the space under that to store relatively large / hevy tools that would be tough to lug down from a loft. (I also like the post about storage under a loft.)

  25. I like all of these ideas. They make me wonder about the need for places to live tiny that come with some shared storage and community space. I’d like to start one!

  26. What sort of a vehicle do you have? I saw a system build for a pickup truck where the owner built drawers that ran the length of the bed of the truck and then built a “floor” for the bed on top of the drawers. I was thinking of doing that for the tools and supplies that I would need but didn’t want to live with.

    • I get a kick out of those trucks that are built like ambulances, with doors along the outside in various sizes. I’ve never seen what they look like inside. But I think one COULD build something on top of some of them (not on a boxy one like an actual ambulance).

  27. Hi, I have not read all the many previous posts so someone may have said this….

    Try a small storage shed ala Deek etc.

    Step outside your house, go camping with the 24 pack fir wc couple days, focus on the tiniest corner of the tent- what could fit there? a thimble? A spoon?

    Now go back to your tiny home and think again. If you don’t use thus kit often it can be more tucked away. Any squeeze space? E.g. a mesh hammock over the kitchen ,at ceiling, to lay out the tent in. is there flat wall space above/behind toilet you could fit brackets to hold one toolbox, another at foot if bed, before you know it you are done :)

    Failing that, do you have clearance, if your house is sited, to out lockable sliding drawers indeed house to fit lots of stuff, drawers half the house deep, under there.

    A small box style add on at the eve of the house, lockable and accessible from outside.

    A box type storage say if a regular tumbleweed style then above porch, long barrow box width if house, but no Xtra footprint.

    I did notice from the pic if toolshed that the tools are hung side by side in all their glory as gardening tools deserve to be :) but if they were on bars/big hooks in front of each other they would use a lot less width, but no more depth than the awesome blue bits boxes next to them.

    Anyways, please keep inspiring us and thank you so much fir inviting our comments into your life. Let me know how it goes!

  28. Our tiny house is a 34 ft. motor home we got for $5,000. Underneath is lots of storage. However, my handy husband bought a used 8×10 storage building for his tools for $500. I bought an $800 1959 8×10 travel to use as my art studio, where I also sew. All of this is low cost, moveable and super handy. There are some advantages to the motor home: I could put ALL our camping gear under the sofa, and my handy honey built a heavy-duty shelf that bridges the driver/passenger area for a variety of reference books and materials. I discovered in our first year that I’m not so dedicated to tiny as to economical/recycled/efficient.

  29. What about asking family, or friends to store them for awhile until you figure out somewhere or something to do with them? I personally feel it would be much better than renting a storage unit.
    Hope it helps. Good luck.

  30. I don’t have much advice but I’m looking forward to see what you figure out. We downsized from a 4 bedroom 3 bath house to a 2 bedroom apartment. We had to drastically downsize our camping stuff too. In the house we had plenty of storage space, so having lots of large camping equipment wasn’t a problem. We started downsizing so that everything my family of 3 camped with would fit in half the back seat of my Jeep. We ended up with a small plastic bin of stuff and a small tent and 3 sleeping bags, and it all fits in my Jeep and is easy to store in our smaller apartment.

  31. I keep my drill and its charger and bits in a small briefcase I got at habitat for humanity for $5, and it sits nicely at the back of my kitchen cabinet flat against the wall. My 5″ circular saw sits next to it. Your 40lb. backpack shoule slide neatly under the eaves upstairs in the loft. I have a small bookcase in which I keep my favorite books and items I use a lot, like reference books, but other paper stuff is in a storage bag in the loft where it can be easily reached when necessary. I have lots of stuff in my 6 X 10 Tiny House, and have so much storage area left that I haven’t used, that still sits empty! There is far more storage than you realize in your house. It is a matter of adjusting your things to your space.

  32. This is one of the problems I am having with a tiny house. I love the concept, but some things I really won’t live without- I.E. sufficient kitchen, soaking bathtub, basement for tornado season, attached garage for snow thrower. I live in the Midwest – we have some severe weather periodically. For me it all keeps coming back to garage or basement – small versions work, but giving them up completely is not really an option in the Midwest.
    PS – you only have to live through one tornado to understand the necessity of a basement/underground area.

  33. I have used 2 of the many great suggestions above.

    1. I rented an off-site 5’x10′ mini storage unit in town. I use this for items I want to keep safe and dry but don’t need to access often. Many facilities will give you a free month if you pay several months in advance. When you drop anchor permanently on your own land, you can build a more permanent shed.

    2. I also built a tiny 4’x6′ storage shed near my wee cabin. I keep all my tools and frequently used items in there (along with my solar panel batteries). If for some reason you have to leave your current location, the tiny shed is so cheap to build, you could simply leave it behind and build another at your new location!

    Here’s my post with the tiny shed construction details… http://urbanrancher.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/its-gonna-be-an-electrifying-winter/

    I love the idea of a small enclosed tool trailer tho, that would be fantastic if you could afford the up-front cost! You’d just need to make 2 trips when you move (or have a friend with a tow vehicle!)

  34. BUILD A ‘BASEMENT’ UNDER YOUR TINY HOUSE! You’ve seen the under-carriage storage in motor homes, I assume? Why not plan something similar with your tiny house. We want storage area for many things – including dehydrated foods, etc. We’re going to add a 10-12″ tall subfloor, under the house floor, with openings on each side. We’ll store #10 cans there – as well as tools and other items that won’t go anywhere else. REMEMBER VACUUM BAGS FOR CAMPING GEAR – those ‘space bags’ that reduce a pillow to the thickness of a magazine. Cover the subfloor with something ‘slick’ like formica – or install sliding drawers on wheels to access from both right and left sides. Good luck! WHOOPS!!! MOST IMPORTANT TIP: PLAN FOR THE FINISHED HEIGHT CAREFULLY, WHEN ADDING THIS MINI BASEMENT – OR YOU’LL ‘LOSE IT’ WHEN YOU COME TO THE FIRST UNDERPASS!

  35. Why not add a work box on the side of your Tiny house. One the tool box just deep enough for your widest tool. Add a fold out work table for outside working. That latches down when traveling. Angle the tool box with slight angle for water/snow shed. Your overall width shouldn’t be a problem if you power tools are not wider than your power saw. Add and additional dry box for paperwork again based on the width not length for maximum storage. I see so many little things that could be done to add the storage to many of the units. Also think about storage under the couch and or stairs to loft. Over the front porch add a drop down box that can be can be raised,lowered and locked in place. Also you could add the ceiling storage Pulley system and make it as deep as needed and as large in your space. Just a country girls thoughts.

  36. At this moment I am selling all my stuff, everything in a two bedroom home three acres, barn garage and a large storage building. I started out packing one box of stuff i wanted to keep, omg, what a terrifying feeling, at what i see left over. SOOooo much to sell and or give away. I am downsizing into a 9×27, tiny one bedroom, with one double closet, and very little other storage. Heck i was thrilled to have a pantry in my tiny abode. Hoping to get rid of the rest of my long term madness very quickly, the faster the less painful it will be. Although I have decided to rent a storage locker, 20 ft. was cheap enough, but limited myself to six months or less to completely get rid of it, after acclimating to my simple lifestyle. It was easy to decide, as I only packed the stuff I use daily, or momentos i just could not get rid of, very little, picking one thing from each member of family, (four folks), pictures, a plant, and father army box. I have not quite decided where I will land in my mobile dwelling, but when i do, i too will biuld a lil shed for outdoor, and excess, goods necessary for survival. replacing much with solar panels, batteries and the like being my NEW now necessary items. Good luck on you lil office, sure I will need one of those for my crafting supplies. Which multiplies like its a living entity, somehow, it “just happens”, thank goodness jewelry findings are small. Take care everyone and enjoy a safe and happy summer

  37. For the sheet music person: scan everything into your computer and then print only as needed. I live in 100sf and have both a scanner and a printer.

    I couldn’t give up my books, either, mostly because none are available digitally. I have plastic bins for them that stack under my desk so it’s just a matter of unstacking, getting/putting book, restacking.

  38. I like the “build an outdoor closet onto your tiny house” idea. Reminds me of an Ambulance. If you can, go to your local volunteer squad, and ask them to look at their ambulance. Those trucks have storage tucked away everywhere! Inside and outside. The outside “closets” store the long hard flat boards that they put you on to mobilize a person (car accident, other trauma).

    For your camping gear – incorporate your camping gear into your everyday lifestyle in your tiny house. Use your cookware as everyday-ware. That way, it serves a dual purpose. Open up your sleeping bag and use it as an extra comforter in your loft.

    For your tools – get rid of the things you can easily rent from a building store (Home Depot/Loews, local shot rents tools).

    Hope this helps!!

  39. Adding a tiny shed will be necessary. Or a small house would serve you better than a tiny house. It does not always have to be tiny, does it. Small is beautiful too.

    Another option is renting external storage space. Here within The Netherlands there are a few (American!) companies renting storage space from 10 cubic feet upto anything to mostly private persons and also to business clients.

    I agree with you about separating home and work space. A second tiny house to serve as an office could be great!

  40. Rent a storage unit- that seems like the obvious solution to me. If you don’t use those things all that often, it shouldn’t be so much of a hassle to drive across town to get them. If you have land, build a storage shed or buy a Tuft shed. You could probably sell it on Craigslist if you move.

  41. if you plan to move around some, the best thing to get is a box trailer and this way you can build shelves in it and the best thing is all you have to do is hook up to it and move it where you want to. you can even weld jacks on it and level it out so it don’t tip when you get into it. to me that is the best way to go if you plan to move around some.

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