Tiny Living

FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES FOR TINY LIVING

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We’ve lived in two of the most expensive places to live in the country, needless to say, we’ve unintentionally become tiny living enthusiast. When cost of living is high and you’re trying to pay off student loan debt, you get incredibly good at living small and doing without. Our first tiny house experience was when we moved to New York and we lived in a 325sqft cottage. After that we moved into a small apartment, gained a few more sqft and a bedroom. I was over the moon happy to have a bedroom.

While our space is tiny and we’ve given up things like a conventional stove and oven, we’ve figured out how to really make things work, and keep our stuff to a minimum. Because our space is limited we get creative with furniture or the lack of furniture. When we went looking for a new bed frame we knew we needed something with storage and we found this Brimnes storage bed from Ikea and it was perfect. The large drawers meant we could avoid having a dresser, saving us space in our bedroom.

Our next step was to figure out some kind of bedside table. We wanted to find something inexpensive, easy, and that would work with our bed. We knew we had to find something that we could easily attach to the walls.

We headed to Target and found something perfect, a wood file organizer. In it’s simplest form it’s a wood box and in our case that was just what we needed.

Installation was easy. Tyler pulled out his drill, and he simply anchored the boxes to the wall. We picked the height that was going to work best for us and it was high enough that we could open the drawers from our bed.

We have loved these creative bedside tables and I found some amazing alternatives that I think ya’ll will love. Wood filling or organizing boxes are easy to find and they are just as easy to paint to suite your decor aesthetic .

FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES FOR TINY LIVING

Organizer Crate : These are the closet wood boxes to the ones we currently have and they would be so easy to paint any color.

Wood Storage Cabinet : I stumbled upon this wood organizer and thought it was so cute and perfect as a bedside table. I love the little drawers in it.

Wood File Organizer : This wood file organizer is another amazing find that would work great as a floating bedside table. Again, this could easily painted any color.

Keep in mind that all of these options are on the smaller side and are ideal for small spaces. We have a full size bed and our bedroom is small too, so having small bedside tables worked for our space.

DIY FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES

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This past year I was wanting to change up our bedding in our room and I loved the contrast of navy blue and white. I ended up dying the bedding we had, which was a mint blue. It took a few tries to get the darkness I wanted, but in the end I loved the navy. I found y’all some amazing navy quilt coverlets and white pillow covers.

Navy Quilted Coverlet : I loved the texture of this bedding set. Texture is such an easy thing to add to your space, that allows you to keep things simple, but not boring.

White Pillow Sham : These pillow tufts are on point.

Navy Lightweight Coverlet : This navy blue texture has a beautiful feminine feel and I love that.

DIY FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES

HOW TO DOWNSIZE TO A TINY HOUSE

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This past fall I did my very first periscope and it looks like it was my last, because I haven't done another since, ha! My periscope was a tour of our tiny house. It was really fun and I loved getting to share our small space with all of you. At the end of my periscope I did a small Q&A. One of the questions y'all asked me was how we downsized to our tiny house. 

At the time the questioned stumped me and I could only think of how we currently manage living in our tiny house.  I thought back on our experience and I wondered, "how did we do it?" How did we go from living in a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment, to living in 325squ. ft?

IF YOU'RE NOT IN LOVE, CHUCK IT

When we moved Tyler and I had been married for two and a half years. During that time the items and furniture we accumulated were mostly hand-me-downs, garage sale finds, or cheap Ikea pieces. Not that any of those things are bad, I love hand-me-downs, garage sale finds and cheap ikea furniture, ha! The only thing was that a lot of the things we had we weren't in love with. We had no idea what kind of place we would be moving into next, but we did know that wherever we landed we would start fresh. With that in mind, we donated ALL of our furniture. Every single piece. We had a friend come over, who was in need of lots of furniture, and she put sticky notes on everything she wanted. We had other friends in our Bible study come over and make claims on the rest of what we had left. We gave it all away

If you're thinking about moving into a tiny house, spend some time thinking about your current furniture pieces. What are the items you're willing to let go of? What items may work in a tiny house? 

We currently only have a few large furniture pieces; a love seat, a tv cabinet, a storage bed, and our standing desk/cabinet. That's it. Because we started with zero furniture it was easy to settle into a tiny house. It was also cost effective because we only had to buy a few things, ha! 

PURGE

People talk about purging all the time, right? Go through that closet, go through that drawer, ect. ect. In our experience, this was the purge of the century. We were only living in a two bedroom apartment, but once I started going through everything I couldn't believe how much we had. I thought about our stuff in two different ways. One, if we hadn't used it within the last 6 months, it had to go. Two, if we weren't going to use it within the next 6 months, it had to go. 

When we purged, we went room by room and we did multiple sweeps. We kept the same mindset for this purge as we did with our furniture. If we didn't love it, we didn't keep it. We went through clothes, books, dvds, dishes, craft supplies, fabric, odds and ends... everything you could think of. 

Our downsize was very intentional. We decided we would be moving with a 4x8 trailer and nothing larger. This really forced us to think hard about what was really important to us. When downsizing it's important to not let sentiment get in the way. Moving into a tiny house means the items you keep, are the items you need...you keep the items that you use most. 

Living in a tiny house cuts down on having people stay over and indoor entertainment. We really miss both of those things, but we kept that in mind when downsizing. We knew we wouldn't need to the same amount of kitchen items and I let go of things I used for parties and big group get togethers. We know that living in a tiny house isn't forever and we have loved the experience. Living in a tiny house has really forced us to be intentional with our purchases and only buying what we need. 

Have you considered living in a tiny house? Have you thought about downsizing? xoxo. Samantha 


WELCOME TO OUR TINY HOUSE

Hi guys! Welcome to our tiny house! I hope you feel like you've stepped right into our home and are getting your own personal tour. We've spent the last few months making this tiny space home and aside from some tiny missing details things have finally come together. For those who are just learning about our tiny space, I'll share a few details. We live in a 325sqft tiny house in a tiny little village named Pleasantville.

When ever I say 325sqft, our tiny house no longer feels that small. It has turned out to be a perfect space for us and we have worked hard to utilize all the space we have. Within our 325sqft we have been able to create 5 different spaces; a living room, a bedroom, a work space, a dining space and a kitchen. We think we're doing pretty good. :)

Our living space consistent of two main pieces. Our couch and our TV cabinet. We spent a lot of time thinking about couches and our space. We were hoping to find a couch that included some kind of storage sleeper, but was also small. That turned out to be more difficult then we hoped. We found a cute good size love seat at Ikea and we were good to go. We also found this cabinet at Ikea. We stumbled onto it in the kitchen department because technically it's considered an "island" but we knew it would be perfect for our living space.

One of the first things we built for our tiny house was a custom storage bed. We have one closet and we knew that one closet would house all of our clothes, including all of our coats and winter items. We didn't want to have any dressers, so we worked hard at getting all of our clothes in there. Because we only had one closet we knew we needed at least one another space for storage, so we decided on creating a storage bed. We wanted our storage bed to not only provide storage, but also include shelving.

Everything about our work space had to be custom because we were creating in a small space and we also needed to create storage. We started by building a standing desk. I'm all about standing desks so Tyler built one custom to my size. We had different pieces we wanted to incorporate into our work space, so we got creative and used our vintage crates as drawers. Tyler also built us a custom cabinet with drawers.

Our kitchen and dining space are opposite the "bedroom." The kitchen was one of our favorite things about the space. With granite counter tops, nice new appliances, and tons of storage, there wasn't much more we could ask for. Our dining bar came with chairs which was nice and we love the hanging lights. We also really loved the cedar back splash.

I feel like I should have more to say about our tiny house, but things are pretty simple. There are only so many things you can talk about with 325sqft. One thing that I am most proud of is that everything we own is in our tiny little house. We spent a lot of time going through items and purging things we didn't need and we're still not done.  We have plans to keep going through our stuff and continue to minimize.  All in all we really do love our tiny house.

Have you been in a recent move? Are you trying to put your space together? What are your thoughts on tiny living? 

related : TINY HOUSE INSPIRATION

WHY WE CHOSE A TINY HOUSE + BEFORE PHOTOS

Whew, we have finally finished moving into our tiny house. This past weekend our Ubox arrived and we now have the remainder of our belongings, which was really exciting, but I also got a little overwhelmed. Stuff is just overwhelming to me, I'm just not a fan of stuff. So today, you get a peek inside the madness of our tiny house full of boxes, ha!

The first day our things arrived stuff was everywhere and I was sure we had too much and that we were going to be living among boxes for the next year... that was the dramatic side of my brain talking... because it's now Thursday and things are much better and it's turns out we didn't have too much stuff. It probably helped that we had 4+ boxes full of stuff to donate in the end.

Have you guys been wondering why we chose a tiny house?

I think I touched on it a bit when I shared my

tiny house mood board,

but I thought I would give ya'll the run down.

TIMING

: One of the greatest factors in choosing our tiny house was timing

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We only had two weeks to find something and even though I contacted tons of places there were only four places we looked at. Out of the four places we looked at our tiny house was the best of the four.

LOCATION

: Tyler and I just spent the last three years living in the "city" or in "town" and we had had our fill. We wanted something that was away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with lots of trees and lots of quiet. We also wanted to find something close to Tyler's work. For our first year here I didn't really want Tyler to have to commute to work and I wanted to be close until we really learned the area.

PRICE

: Tyler and I have a good amount of student loans and we're not talking about the average amount of student loans, we're talking about mortgage size student loans. Our goal is to live small so we can take care of our student loans and our tiny house fit the bill.

APPEAL

: Overall our tiny house has lots of appeal.  It's been recently renovated, so it's nice and new inside. It also has lots of storage, something too look for in a tiny house. It has lovely wood floors and the bathroom is super nice. Our tiny house also has a nice front yard and side yard with a brick patio and fire pit. All good things, if you ask me. And all things we weren't able to have living in the city.

Living in a tiny house and choosing to live small is an adventure. One we are excited to experience. Our tiny house isn't our forever home, but it's something we can experience now before we have kids. We knew that living small would really teach us something and we would come out on the other side with a great experience. xoxo. Samantha