by Daisy Luther
The ultimate test of small space readiness should be living in a tiny home. So I was so excited when I got back to the US from Mexico and my daughter found a tiny house that I could rent near her. It was absolutely gorgeous, incredibly well planned, and perfect for some prep experiences.
Unfortunately… I only lived there for a month. Years ago (2016 to be exact) I wrote an article on how to do it HUD officials wanted to make small home and living illegalOf course, a lot of people laughed at me, I was “fact-checked” by people who decided I was wrong, and the story was mostly forgotten.
Well, except for those who live in small houses. There are wazoo ordinances excluding tiny house living – where it can be parked, how utilities may or may not be connected, and you must beg the local
God – um – the government – for permission to put one on the land you claim to own.
So, I got a heavy dose of fat from that month after moving into the little one’s dorm. The homeowner received notice from the city and in turn had to give me notice to move in. For me, transportation isn’t a huge deal – I have been who live a nomadic life For several years now. I told her out of all the people that this would happen, I would probably be one of the best people who could take it well. (But it was really disappointing that you didn’t get the chance to experiment any longer.)
Having said that, I learned some valuable lessons in preparing for the small space that I am taking with me to my new studio apartment because I am still determined to write the small space preparation series I promised you.
Where do you put the preparations in a small house
Here are some of the things I learned from my little home storage months.
Look for storage nooks everywhere.
My little home engineer had the coolest little nooks and crannies in which to store things. The apartment-sized refrigerator was raised on a platform with a large, deep drawer at the bottom, the perfect size for canned goods. There was a small piece of space between the back wall of the bathtub and the ladder containing a narrow deep cupboard. Inside the bathtub/shower was a deep storage area with doors to keep things inside from getting wet. This is where I stock up on more soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and all of my bed and bath linens.
Every step up to the sleeping loft was a staircase. There was a shelf around the toilet that I stacked high with toilet paper, as well as a small table and sink with space for two baskets underneath.
Rethink your furniture.
The furniture I am getting for my new studio will either have built-in storage or be able to adapt some storage. In the small house, there were only two pieces of furniture. Built-in sofa and built-in bed. The sofa contained two large and deep wooden drawers, one drawer-like space, but the bottom was the floor. I used that for heavy 5lb bags of dog food and put lighter things in the other drawers.
Upstairs, the bed had two drawers on each side and a long, thin space (similar to the industrial third drawer under the sofa) at the foot of the bed. I used the side drawers to store clothes, underwear, swimwear, and pajamas, and the long drawers in the middle for a vacuum cleaner and a small broom. If you have a raised bed frame, that middle space can be more useful, and a great place to store excess water in gallon jugs.
So what if your furniture doesn’t come with built-in storage? Looking for a bed under the bed Storage Drawers. They come in all kinds of materials – everything from fabric to plastic to wicker to wood. Some have wheels and some pull and push again. If your bed is not long enough, you can have it Risers like this To save extra space. And don’t forget to push in the middle some things that you rarely need to reach, like food buckets or jugs of water.
The sofa that I bought in yard sale is more antique style and Drawers under the bed made for twin beds Fit perfectly underneath. It is a perfect home for canned goods or dried goods and no one will even notice it.
For other pieces of furniture like consoles, TV stands, coffee tables, and end tables, consider cabinets, chests, and drawers for more places to store your items.
Use matching containers.
This might be something a lot of people don’t care about, but I was very keen to get matching containers for my supplies that would be visible. Having everything brown, green, white or clear glass really helped reduce visual clutter, making it a much quieter and tidy place. This may not matter to you, but some of you will be right where you came from.
Use closet space.
My small house only has a small closet with some shelves and a hanging shelf half height. I pushed a few buckets of food back onto the floor to take advantage of that overlooked space, then put my shoes in front of them.
Find an extra room.
Finally, my little house was a secondary loft. It sure wasn’t tall enough to stand in and barely tall enough to sit in, but it could have had a lot of preparation as long as you were organized and left enough room to crawl to get to things. Best of all, I obscured the entire stash with a TV that I could see from my bed on one side and used decorative burlap bags on the living room side. Nobody knows there is stock out there.
Other Small Home Preparation Lessons
Of course, adjusting to life in a small space isn’t just about where to put food and ammunition. There were other lessons learned, too.
RULE MULTIPURPOSE ITEMS.
You know the old adage, “One is nothing, two is one?” Well, when your space is so limited, you can’t always hide a couple of everything. For example, I have instant pot It also works as an air fryer, crockpot, and a bunch of other functions that I haven’t tried yet. It’s like 8 devices and occupies the space of 1 device. For minor repairs, I have a small hammer that looks like a Swiss army knife – it has a variety of tools like screwdrivers, etc., in the handle. it’s a Not this but similar. I wouldn’t try to build a house with it but for minor repairs and assemblies, it works just fine. I have other, sturdier tools for bigger repairs, but I stowed them in a storage loft.
You may need secondary storage.
For all the things I’ve been able to fit into my little house, I still have a storage unit. It is within walking distance of my daughter’s house and a few hours’ walk from my daughter’s house. She has more preparations. More ammo, more food, more filters, more pieces of gear for a true hell of a loose scenario. In fact, it is set up with sanitation options so that if necessary, one or three people can lock up there and escape notice for some time. We jokingly call it “the bunker”.
I take the volume To be a hideout for survival supplies. If I have a reason to flee the tiny house, I’m not completely without equipment and food.
It is difficult to strengthen a small house.
If it were my little house and not rented, I would be able to strengthen it a little better and at least devise a couple of areas of cover, but as it is, the little house I lived in couldn’t take much in the way of attack. The only place in the entire house that offers the smallest bit of cover is an old, deep cast iron tub that the owner installed. Sitting in the bathtub isn’t really a great place to fend for yourself.
The benefit is that a small house is inherently a “fatal funnel”. Whoever breaks the door is in the line of fire either from the sofa or the bed upstairs. Just as there is no cover for me, there is no cover – or even concealment – for anyone who comes, undesirable, by the door.
If you are building your own tiny house, you can make different choices in materials, but if it’s a tiny house that’s meant to be mobile, you have to be careful about the weight.
A tiny house wouldn’t do well in a hurricane, either, unless it was built solidly and put into a foundation. Otherwise, it would be like trying to ride a tornado in a camper or motorhome.
Will I do it again?
I will definitely live in a tiny house again. I love all the cleverly built-in storage, nooks and crannies, low-key amenities, and the all-round convenience of it all. But, if I were to buy one, I would have some additional security requirements and would make some minor changes to the overall design.
what about you? Have you ever lived in a small house? Are you thinking about it? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.
Source: Organic Prepper
Daisy Luther is a coffee-traveling, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites. 1) Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of freedom on its website, 2) Frugalite, a website with economic tips and solutions to help people deal with their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, Aggregate site where you can find links to the most important news for those who want to prepare. Republished widely across alternative media and Daisy is the author of a book 5 traditionally published books and runs Small digital publishing company with PDF guides, print materials and courses. You can find it at FacebookAnd PinterestAnd gaveAnd IAnd to talkAnd Instagram, And Twitter.