Posted by Rebecca
Reading My Tea Leaves is a blog by Erin Boyle who shares a 240 square foot Brooklyn, New York apartment with her husband, James. Her blog features a series called Life in a Tiny Apartment that lists survival tips for teeny-tiny-space living. So far, she has posted 26 tips which include these great ideas:
– Organize your closet. One way to accomplish this is by using uniform hangers. These hangers – Ultra Thin No Slip Velvet Suit Hangers – are excellent space-savers and look great too.
– Make the bed. If my home is locked I have to enter by the back door, which spits you right into my bedroom. For the first time in my life, I make sure to make the bed every morning. It is awful coming home to a disheveled room, and since the bed takes up most of the room’s area, it must be neat and welcoming every day.
– Take out your recycling. Most small homes have small garbage cans to match. If your area offers recycling, don’t wait for it to stack up…. Take it out right away. It reduces clutter, and frees up space for other kitchen junk.
– Compost. Composting is another super way to cut down on your garbage can usage and stinkage. If you don’t have a garden of your own, Erin recommends freezing your compostable items until you have a chance to donate them to someone who would love them. I have a garden, but I also have a dog who moonlights as a garbage disposal. If I even attempted a compost pile, Cassi would happily eliminate it everyday. But I have a neighbor who is just itching to receive my peels and pits and whatnots, so I have a bucket with a lid to collect these nutrient-rich delectables.
– Unpack your bag. If you go on a trip, don’t wait to unpack when you return. It will save you many detours and stubbed toes, as you attempt to navigate around your luggage.
– Buy baskets with lids. I’m not a basket gal. I once lived on a dirt road, and the house and everything in it was perpetually covered in a layer of fine dirt. To me, wicker and baskets are just country-cozy dust collectors that you can never fully clean. But I agree with the idea – all your storage items should have a lid so it can double as a table or a stool; and all your tables and stools should have a storage compartment. If an item in your tiny home doesn’t serve double duty, you better really love it. If not, get rid of it.
– Get a tiny dish rack. I have a nice chrome one from Ikea that I usually fold up and put away, but if it’s left on the counter it doesn’t look too bad. Make sure your kitchen is as efficient and streamlined as possible.
– Splurge on pretty towels. Chances are your towels will be on display – either on hooks or open shelves. When I moved into the pink trailer I kept only the towels that matched, and were fluffy and not showing age. You will only need a few towels, so make sure you love them and they look great.
Check out Erin’s blog for more small space survival tips, as well as yummy recipes, do it yourself projects, and great photography.