I’m dead serious. You will be amazed at how much stuff I’ve crammed in a 72-square-foot space. If I can do it, so can you! Fear not, for the tiny life is totally attainable. And this isn’t even all my stuff.
NOTE: I didn’t list consumables like food and laundry detergent.
Large cast iron skillet, small cast iron skillet, medium saucepan, small saucepan, mixing bowl, plates (2), spoons (2), forks (3), mugs (3), chef knife, paring knife, knife block, kitchen towels (4), cloth napkins (4), wooden spoon, soup bowls (3), set of measuring spoons, dish scrubby, dish soap, plastic bin for drying dishes in, plastic storage containers (3), glass jars (too many to count), teapot, tea kettle, french press, pasta strainer, wooden cutting board, pot holders
1 twin-size 2″ thick foam mattress pad, fuzzy blanket, quilt, flannel sheet, comforter, wool blanket, pillow, towel
toothbrush, nail clippers, tweezers, band-aids, necklaces (2), hairbrush, bracelets (3), handkerchiefs (3), hair ties (innumerable), earrings (4 pairs), LED lantern, LED solar powered light, solar powered radio, several family photographs, candles, reusable shopping bags (2), water bottle, bicycle, beads, thread and beading needles, scissors (1 pair), pocket knife, tiny bag and rolling papers for uh…herbal supplements….sewing kit (includes pins, needles, measuring tape), paintbrushes (3), bottle of India ink, watercolor set, notebooks (2), pocket knife, clothes pins, rope for clothes line, sponge mop, broom, rags for cleaning, old film camera & related equipment (this was a hand-me-down from a relative, and I still want to learn to use it.)
CLOTHING & SHOES
Hiking boots, Dr. Martens, cheapo crummy gardening/work sneakers, winter boots, sandals, 1 singular pair of “nice” shoes, dresses (6), shirts (12), fake fur vest (1, don’t judge), socks (~10 pairs), wool socks (~6 pairs, can never have too many socks), panties (12 pairs, I think?), blue jeans (2 pairs), cargo pants (1 pair), shorts (2 pairs), shredded work pants (2 pairs), coats (3), sweaters (2), sweatshirt (technically belongs to my friend), skirts (2), winter gloves (2 pair), bras (2), winter scarf, scarf for wrapping my hair at work so it doesn’t go in the food, pair of overalls
Hammers (2, not sure why), adjustable wrench, ratchet set, screwdrivers (5, different sizes), battery-powered drill and bits, staple gun, chisel set, pliers (not sure what kind), aviation snips (used for cutting wire or thin metal), clamps (5, different types), 1-foot level, tape measure, file set, oil can wrench (you should get one too, it makes changing oil in your car super easy), assortment of fasteners from IKEA (don’t ask), paintbrush, bottle of tung oil finish, hex wrench set
BOOKS (i have a few I keep around in a permanent collection, the rest I get from the library. I’m just listing mine)
Shelter Publications’ Tiny Homes On-The-Move -an awesomely inspirational book of people’s tiny home designs and builds (most much less crooked and gappy than mine…)
Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado contains recipes for the most amazingly tooth-destroying candy confections you could dream of.
the Reader’s Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual, the book that has helped generations of my family to turn home-repair emergencies into even worse home repair emergencies.
The official CIA Baking & Pastry textbook. Even though I have no oven, I can live out my baking dreams vicariously.
A book on building shelves, cabinets, and cupboards-there’s a lot of similar titles out there, check your local library if you’re interested in this topic. It helped a lot when I was building stuff for my trailer.
Back To Basics, A Complete Guide To Traditional Skills: not only does this book offer comprehensive advice in an easy-to-understand format, it provides a pretty clear picture for prospective homesteaders like me how much hard work we’re going to encounter!
World Changing, A User’s Guide To The 21st Century: Actual solutions to real problems. It’s a good read when you’re feeling down about the state of the world, and might inspire you to get involved in one of the efforts mentioned in the book! Awesome!
FURNITURE: Kind of all part of my house. 4-person tent, small bedside table, bed, folding camp chair, cabinet, shelves, sink, 2-burner camping stove, wood stove, rolling shelf for clothes, laundry basket, storage boxes (2), milk crate (1), wicker laundry basket (1), plastic bucket for cleaning supplies, plastic buckets for water (3)
That’s pretty much everything. I’ve probably left out a few things, but this pretty much maxes out what you can fit comfortably in a 70-square-foot space. Still, relatively speaking, it’s a lot of stuff. Hope you enjoyed my post!