One Year Of Throwing Away – What Can We Live Without?

Ahoy everyone!

So, I wanted to do a blog commemorating a year in my tiny abode.
But what to say? How has it changed my life? Has it, in fact changed my life?
It feels, looking at first, that very little has actually altered.
I wanted to have a look into to what I’ve done but more importantly, for Tiny House dwellers like myself, look at what I’ve got rid of.


When space is at a premium, you have to figure out what you can live without.

You have to be honest with yourself about what is adding value to your life and what is just taking up space. And, since we’re being honest, there is a lot of stuff on this list – almost all of it in fact – which I knew I should have thrown away or passed on a lot earlier, and haven’t missed at all. I really struggled to even remember a lot of it – thank goodness I take plenty of photos!

So let’s go through month by month and see what’s gone on.
I will start from when I stopped posting my super-regular updates last year, so  around…

September 2016
Barely had I got two months settled into my tiny house when I abandoned it for a week and a bit to do my first REAL Cycle Tour! You can read all about my cycling adventures on one of my other blogs, The Intrepid Cyclist!


Despite spending a lot of September out of the tiny house, coming back to it at the end of the journey really, genuinely felt like returning home.

Threw Away:
Lots of random bits!
This included some cushions and cushion covers I’d been hoarding, some old electronics and more paperwork I’d brought with me.

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How To Plan A Tiny House 1 – Big (Floor) Plans

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned in the last blog, I’ve been frustrated by money recently – I can’t really afford any materials or tools to bring my Tiny House to its full potential. At the moment I’m only using about 30% of the available space, and that very inefficiently.

However, I did have a revelation – a lack of money does not stop me PLANNING that full potential. And in fact the more planning I do, the less I’ll have to mess about when I do get the resources I’ve been dreaming of – so I got to work planning for the future of my dwelling!

So, here’s how I’ve done things so far – I think any lay person like me (a non builder, non architect, non-DIY expert) can use similar steps – of course they can be used for any house plan, but there are special concerns for Tiny Houses which we will get to!

  1. Measure Up and Make A Rough Plan

To say this was my first step may seem self explanatory – to make a floor-plan I needed to measure. Duh. But what I learned from it is that it’s no use getting excited and starting to throw around ideas if you don’t know what you’re working with.

The internal dimensions of your house are your canvas – and it can be very liberating, having measured, to discover just how much floor space you really have at your disposal.

The first draft of my plan was very rough, and that was how it should be – I have heard many people (including the lovely Steve Ramsey of Woodworking For Mere Mortals) say caution against ‘driving yourself crazy’ when it comes to planning projects.

Here’s what my first draft looked like:


You can actually see a shopping list in the top right hand corner.

This roughness meant that I didn’t have to think too much about the drawing, just note down the measurements nice and quickly to fill in the blanks later.

  1. Neaten It Up And Get The Fixtures

I am a child of the computer age so my first act upon completing my sketch plan was to transfer it into a digital environment. You may be more comfortable with graph paper of course – I’d say the advantage with a digital copy is its flexibility, no need for rubbing out, plus the ability to rearrange things with a few clicks (more on that in stage 4) but it can be a little bit fiddly and take a bit of time.

The other main thing I put down on this second, neater version of my floorplan with the fixtures – in-built cupboards and shelves, the bath, sink and toilet. I also included the bed because, even though it is movable, whatever I choose to do I will still need a bed, and it will take up roughly the same amount of floor space.


Also worth noting down are sockets and ventilation grids – if you live in a static home like me, there will probably be more of the latter! Knowing where your sockets are will definitely help you when it comes to deciding how to plan out your rooms.

Also, there may be fixtures which get in the way. One of the major features in the front room is the fireplace, which I never use – in fact the one time I did try to turn it on it wouldn’t ignite, just released gas, so I am slightly concerned it might not work at all- and the in-built shelves above it, which are far too shallow to store books and barely deep enough for DVDs.

These both annoy me, but I can’t get rid of them so I will have to find a way of incorporating them into my plans!

NB: For general help, and for the official blueprint-style symbols to make your floor-plan look all official, I found the site House Plans Helper. You can get some downloads by popping in your e-mail address – I did and haven’t been spammed at all, so give it a go!

  1. Consider Your Needs

NB:  From this point on I will be focussing on my front room, as this is the largest of my four rooms and has the most potential for re-modelling, but this step can be applied to any room and indeed the whole of your (tiny) house!

Of course the thing about a tiny house as supposed to a regular property is that limited space means pairing down exactly what you need and getting clever about the use of space. Some considerations which are just nice in a regular home are critical in a tiny house – one is storage, usually vertical storage, the other is considering that things will need to be moveable and storable – tables, chairs, desks etc.

Needs For The Front Room….

  • Varied storage space – primarily for shoes which currently get piled up everywhere, and for books and DVDs
  • A place to put my computer and a desk to work at it
  • Lots of seating – at least sofa sized – for guests
  • A place for my rabbits
  • A dining table and chairs for group meals
  • A place to grow things – flowers and culinary herbs
  • A guest bed – double size if possible

So, that’s quite a big order for a little house! Can I do it?

Something you’ll probably notice ISN’T on the list (you may even be surprised by it) is a space for a large TV and the accompanying massive sound system (plus video games consoles) that seem to be mandatory these days, especially to millennials like me.

I watch all of my TV through computers – as do many of my generation – but that is VERY little. I only watch about an hour a week, so having a big TV and making space for it just doesn’t make sense. And when I have guests round my major goal is to enjoy their company and conversation – hence the extra seating and dining table!

However, if I did need a TV, and intended to spend a lot of my time watching it and playing video games, it would probably shape the entire room. Likewise you may wish to have extra appliances in this space or a display cabinet or a place for crafts – having moved my sewing table to the bedroom, this last is no longer included on this list, which is also worth considering – if you find that you can’t fit one of your needs in one room, could it be located somewhere else?

  1. Experiment And Play

This is, to my mind, the fun part. To take your floor plan and experiment with different layouts. There are theoretically infinite ways to arrange this space that I call my front room, but in practice only a dozen or so can really fulfill any set of needs, especially a long list like mine.

I started sketching a couple of ideas at work, like this…


I found a hybrid of the two above that I liked a lot, and decided to put into my digital copy…


My list of needs are fulfilled quite neatly:

  • Storage space – There are three mixed cupboard/shelving units which will provide tons of space (I tried to figure it out in litres but my brain just wouldn’t do it!). Shoes will be stored nearest the front door, making it easier especially in wet weather!
  • Computer space & desk – The cabinet nearest the door will also have a fold-out desk – It is far enough away that it won’t disturb either the guest bed or the table if they are out at that moment

Click to see the fold-outs and temporary features

  • Lots of seating – More or less the whole back wall will be taken up with a continuous built in ‘snug’ seat which can be used for reading, relaxing and when the table is out (see below)
  • Place for rabbits – my beloved buns can have a multi-tiered cage to retreat – I’m a bit concerned about the lack of floor space in this model and the proximity of the cage to the dining area – although I do plan to make an outdoor bunny palace at some point so it may become less of an issue in future. We shall see.
  • A dining table and chairs for group meals – These will all be foldable and can be stored (fingers crossed) in the cupboard closest the window, which will also have small drawers for extra cutlery, coasters, table-clothes etc. When out the table is placed with one side along the built in seating, so four to six people can sit comfortably.
  • A place to grow things – a plant shelf will be just behind the in-built seating, hopefully away from nibbling bunnies – although of course they will get some of the herbs as treats!
  • A guest bed – This will (again fingers crossed) be unfolded or extended from the built in seating, with the cushions for the seating converting into a mattress. I’ve seen it done elsewhere so I’m sure I can manage it – it may be a little fiddly though!

Not too shabby! But what will it look like? That takes us to the final point…

  1. Bring It To 3D

At the top of this blog I said that I was using, at a guess, 30% of the available space.
But I wasn’t necessarily talking about floor space – I mentioned vertical storage earlier and as you will know if you’ve lived in one for a while, getting the most out of a Tiny House means building upwards!

A floor-plan can only show so much, so making a 3D model is the next step, and is brilliant for visualising what it would actually be like to live in such a space.

Well look more in depth at this stage in the next projects blog…stay tuned!

Spetki out!

Tiny House Projects – Sewing Table

Hi everyone!

Well, it’s been a little while since I did a blog here – mainly because not a lot interesting has been happening. With the house, I mean – plenty of other interesting things have happened elsewhere, which you can read about on my other blogs – but due to one thing or another (money and time being most critical) I haven’t had much to say about my tiny dwelling and its evolution into a perfect living space.

But now I do!


I loves me some sewing. But for a while now my sewing machine, fabric, threat et al has been banished to a corner gathering dust because the only tables in my house are in my front room and there isn’t a suitable place for a permanent set up – at least, not when troublesome bunnies are around to nibble!

So one day, lying in bed, it suddenly struck me that a whole bunch of floorspace was already being taken up in my bedroom by random bags, many of while contained sewing projects. Why not just make a table in that space?

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Tiny House Diary – Return To The Tiny House! To Do, Bunny Barrier & SEWING MONTH

Hi all!

It’s been a little while since I posted – for a large chunk of September, I was off on a Cycle Adventure (which will be described in detail over on one of my other blogs, the Intrepid Cyclist!) and both the holiday itself and the planning thereof somewhat stymied my progress. But I have returned now, and plan to get back into the blogging habit!

I have now been living in the Tiny House just over three months – quite a short time, all things considered, but time enough to get over the ‘Honeymoon Period’, as it were.

So do I regret my decision to move here?
Not at all!
I am just as psyched about my living arrangements as I was before. But now I can think clearly about what needs to be done around the house – I was aware from the moment I stepped in that work would be required to make this an ideal home.

Some of the things I have seen are…well, take a look…

So in the next few months I will be trying to tackle these DIY challenges…or get experts in if I despair of the tasks myself.

However, despite the DIY needs I have decided to initially take a very different path – feeling at a loose end after my cycling and not yet financially solvent enough to afford to Cordless Drill and other things I so desperately need for my projects, I have declared October SEWING MONTH!

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Tiny House Projects – Pantry Shelves Pt. 1

When I moved in, I discovered that my kitchen, despite having less floor/surface space than my old kitchen, had about as much storage space in terms of cupboards. Excellent!

So I managed to put everything away.

However, I ended up putting things back in a very similar manner to how I had organised them at the previous house which was, I have to admit, not very practical or comfortable (especially for my knees, having to bend down to get pots, pans etc). It was the best I could manage in the flurry of moving in, but even at the time it was my goal to improve on my previous kitchen arrangements, rather than slavishly follow them.

One thing which was clearly going to be a problem from the start was the pantry.

It was pretty much a mess. I managed to make it an organised mess a few days later, but what with the massive influx of stuff from my MARKET DAY (see my meal planning blogs) it was sooo much worse.

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