Issue 15: Small Space Tricks

Posted February 1st, 2010 by Michael Janzen and filed in Issue 15: Small Space Tricks

Moving into in a tiny space may seem to be an impossible task for many people. The first question asked is usually, “where am I going to put all my stuff?”

The answer you’ll get from people who’ve successfully made the transition into small spaces is often “you free yourself from your stuff” – which is in fact the underlying theme in this month’s issue of Small Living Journal. But there are also many small space tricks shared here too from choosing to live with less to clever ways of storing what you have away.

There are four articles in Issue 15: Small Space Tricks:

In March 2010 we’ll be focusing on one of my favorite topics, How To Design & Build a Home. If you’d like to contribute learn more about Guest Submissions. This month we had our first get submission from Ryan Mitchell. Thanks again Ryan!

Tiny Tech

Is there such a thing as too much technology?  To me the whole point of simpler living is getting closer to this planet that we call home.  Right now we are so far removed from nature that we can not see if we even are causing any damage.  So instead of fixing what we are doing, we bicker about whether or not we’re inflicting any harm at all and then cram our lives with even more technology and gadgets.

I am no technological wizard and until I am able to design a house that cleans itself, makes my breakfast, and does my laundry, I think I’ll have to settle for conveniences that are readily available.  But to fit it all into a tiny house could be a challenge.

However, I’m sure that when living in a tiny area, it would help to keep clutter at bay by incorporating a few luxuries.  I know that last winter, at the beginning of the remodel that never ends, when I spent almost every minute in my 13′ x11′ bedroom, it would have been nice to have a Kindle e-book reader, so that I wasn’t tripping over boxes of books.  Or a scanner so that I wouldn’t have to have a file cabinet.  Or even just a proper closet in which to put all of my crap would have been nice!

I do know that when I design the tiny house of my dreams, it will have no tv.  No movies or sitcoms to suck my life force out of me.  Instead, I plan on taking my life and doing something meaningful with it, even if it’s only meaningful to me.