How we live tiny – Daily chores & things.

Tiny House Chore List

As we round the corner to completion on our tiny/camper conversion our friends and family are beginning to ask more questions about our lifestyle in the tiny space and less about the building materials and plans. Over the last year and half we have downsized from the 1500 sq.ft. house we called home for the last 11 years into a one bedroom 500 sq. ft. apartment. To say that our lifestyle changed dramatically would be accurate but I believe we have acclimated rather well to the small space. In the apartment we already hang our clothes to dry since we don’t have a drier. We hand wash all our dishes and cook on only two burners and a toaster oven. We rotate our seasonal clothing to fit into one closet/dresser and we continually donate or sell pieces of furniture still because we just had so much of it from the house. Downsizing to the apartment was a nice first step before going completely tiny
In the camper, I foresee a few things requiring another level of awareness and adjustment:

  1. We will have way less space for clothes which means we’ll be washing/drying more often with less water to do so.
  2. Awareness of electricity and water usage will become an intentional daily task.
  3. Living in a even smaller space with pets will be interesting.
  4. Heating/Cooling will be a daily chore that we otherwise normally don’t need to think about in a normal house.

Here’s how we plan to tackle those challenges. Of course this is all wonderful in theory, we’ll see how well our plans work after a few months of living tiny.

  1. We plan to have a manual or mini-electric washing machine to wash clothes in everyday or every other day depending on our activities.
  2. We’ll hang clothes to dry on a retractable clothes line like we do now.
  3. We’ll downsize our wardrobes one more time to the bare necessities and rotate season items.
  4. We’ll have a wall-hung dish drying rack that will also be the storage shelf for our dishes in the kitchen. We’ll wash after each meal as part of the process. They’ll always be clean and tidy and will look good on the wall too!
  5. We’ll invest in a more efficient litter box system so that storage of litter and cleaning is less cumbersome.
  6. We’re currently researching heating options for the tiny camper but we’re hoping to have an electric option and a propane option for those freezing Ohio winters if we’re here for those.
  7. We’ll need to do a few chores daily; sweeping (dry cat food and outside dirt are everywhere in the apartment now so I imagine that to be worse in the camper), emptying the trash, cleaning the litterbox, washing clothes.
  8. Some things we’ll do every few days; grocery shopping, dusting, washing towels/sheets/rugs.
  9. These tasks will be done less frequently but will be new to the chore list; replenishing drinking water/fresh water, propane, charging batteries, fueling the rig, maintenance on the tires/engine and body of the rig and emptying the tanks/composting toilet.

We’d love to hear from other people living tiny what tasks were new to your list or what chores, if any, got easier!

Winter Progress Update

Hello friends!
Hope you’re staying warm! We can’t believe it’s been a month since we updated the blog. We’ve been keeping up to date over on our Instagram account though, for the most part. Go check that out for some recent videos and detail photos.
Winter has begun here in Ohio and we had a little snowfall earlier last month but it’s been surprisingly comfortable out other than that which has allowed us to get a TON of work done.
Over the last four weeks we managed to get every thing sealed up and ready to hold heat. We made some orders for flooring, a few lights, the Spanish cedar boards that will be our shower grate, couch cushions, mattress, some furniture pieces. Not only have we dumped a couple coins lately we’ve been working our butts off, my parent’s especially. We’ve each had our own to-do lists lately.
My Dad has been finishing plumbing, Justin tweaking the break box and electrical, my Mom has been filling in all the finishing touches on the custom built shelves, stairs, etc. I’ve been caulking, staining and painting—my all time favorite project! It’s been exhausting but working alongside Justin with my parents has been pretty wonderful. I don’t know when we would have this much time together otherwise and making decisions and working through all the quarks of this project together has brought us all closer. It’s given me another reason to love and respect my parents and the hard work they do. They’ve been doing work like this for forty years and the amount of knowledge they have amazes me. I’m pretty lucky to have been taught their work ethic and we’re both lucky to be learning from them!
The photos don’t do it justice and we have to keep telling everyone who asks that it doesn’t look like much to them but we’ve come a long long way! Hard to believe it but we’re nearly to the end and things are really coming together! My mom made a comment the other day that soon we’re going to have to start deciding where we’re going to put stuff. AHHH that’s crazy! We’ll be moving in this month and we can’t wait!
There will soon be new challenges, albeit exciting ones, with water storage, laundry, heat and living tiny but we’re ready for it!

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