“How can you live in such a cramped space?”
That’s often the first question anyone asks when they learn that you’ve embraced tiny living.
Unfortunately, the concept of cramped homes with no room is a common misconception among those who haven’t embraced the lifestyle. Although living with limited square footage does indeed take some getting used to, there’s no reason that tiny living should be inherently uncomfortable.
Although there’s no denying that tiny homes have limited space on the inside, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your home’s exterior. There’s perhaps no better way to adjust to tiny living than by setting up your outdoor storage and décor, giving yourself some much-needed space.
Are you making the most of your outdoor space? Don’t know where to start? Consider the following strategies for starters.
Smart Outdoor Storage
Sure, you can find creative ways to store your day-to-day items within the home; however, how can you creatively hide your larger possessions and appliances? Despite popular belief, you don’t have to throw everything out because you live in a tiny home. Simply put, you need smart storage solutions for your property that aren’t eyesores.
For example, investing in a metal arched building is a great way to keep your possessions safe and secure. As an added bonus, such buildings are minimalist in nature and won’t distract passers-by. Besides, having a dedicated garage or shed space is certainly preferable to having your possessions sprawled out upon your lawn, right?
Decks, Porches and Patios
Most savvy tiny house owners find creative ways to use their outdoor space, although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to doing so. There are seemingly endless options for building decks and porches depending on the model of your home. The ultimate goal of your deck or patio is simple though: make sure that you’re comfortable spending more time outdoors.
An awning and wraparound porch, for example, represents an awesome place to take your meals and will ultimately prevent you from having to worry about kitchen space in your home’s interior.
Outdoor Furniture is an Absolute Must
Since comfort is your goal, you’re going to need to figure out what types of furniture you want to keep outside. Look into furniture that’s resistant to mold and is likewise easy to clean: teak wood is a solid example. From chairs and dining tables to hammocks and outdoor couches, there’s plenty you can put outdoors to provide seating to your guests.
Don’t Let Clutter Take Over Your Space
Beyond potentially getting in trouble with your neighbors, make sure to keep your yard as clear as possible. Tiny houses should be aesthetically pleasing to begin with; meanwhile, cleanliness is at the core of tiny living as you should avoid accumulating clutter at all. If you’re in a situation where you have odds and ends taking over the interior and exterior of your home, perhaps it’s time to reconsider which of your possessions mean the most to you.
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to putting together your tiny home’s exterior. Regardless of what you decide to do, make the most of your outdoor space to give yourself more breathing room within your home.