7 Ways to Use Self Storage While Living in a Tiny House
June 8, 2019 | Home Organization
Living in a tiny house comes with challenges that self storage can help solve. Whether you’re in an RV, a cramped single-family home, or a 150 ft² tiny house on a trailer, you can use self storage to simplify your living space. Here are some essentials you can put in self storage to free up space and give you more flexibility while living tiny.
Extra Food and Supplies
Financial freedom is one of the top reasons to move into a tiny home, but having so little space means you can’t buy in bulk. Because you don’t have a large pantry for storage, you have to buy food and other supplies in small amounts, which is more costly than bulk purchases.
With a 5×5 storage unit, you can take advantage of sales and bulk purchases for items you regularly use like paper towels, toilet paper, and canned foods. Your self storage unit essentially becomes your long-term pantry or supply closet. Then, you can save on your everyday purchases while also saving on your household budget.
Important documents, such as passports or business-related forms, typically aren’t needed on an everyday basis, yet they’re still essential to keep. Depending on your lifestyle, you might have only a few documents or a drawer full of them.
In both cases, it can be wise to put these vital documents in a self storage locker, where they will be safe. Then, you won’t have to buy a bulky, fire-proof safe for your records or worry about where to store them safely in your tiny house. Plus, storing your documents elsewhere will free up space in your home for daily essentials.
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Seasonal Clothes and Bedding
If you live in an area of the country with four seasons, you probably have different wardrobes and bedding for winter and summer. Storing these seasonal clothes can take up a significant amount of space: especially bulky winter blankets, coats, and boots.
Why not put these seasonal items in a self storage unit instead? Then, those extra clothes and bedding won’t be taking up space all through the year. You can get them out when they’re needed, and put them back when the weather changes.
One challenge tiny house owners face is how to handle special events like weddings and holiday parties. Because their homes are too small for a large wardrobe, they might only have one dressy outfit for parties and special occasions. In other words, whether going to a wedding, a job interview or traveling abroad, outfits for special occasions take up valuable space.
If you prefer having a varied wardrobe so you can dress well for all kinds of situations, you can put a rolling clothing rack in a small self storage unit to expand your wardrobe while still living tiny. Then, you won’t ever have to feel embarrassed by what you’re wearing just because your home is small.
Decorations for holidays like Christmas and Halloween can take up a lot of space. Even if you only have a few decorations, those items can suddenly seem large when you’re living in a tiny home.
Since you only use holiday decorations once a year, they might be the first thing you jettison while downsizing your home and life to fit a smaller house. But if you love celebrating holidays, you don’t have to get rid of everything. You can put the decorations you love the most in your self storage unit, so you can still have a festive, holiday atmosphere in your tiny house.
Big or Heavy Objects
Some hobbies, like skiing or camping, require equipment that doesn’t easily fit into a tiny home. Camping, fishing, and skiing gear might be large and bulky or unusually heavy – a problem for tiny houses with a weight limit.
While you can work around this problem by building a home that prioritizes your hobbies, it’s easier to put your hobby equipment into a self storage unit. Then, you won’t have to limit the number of sports or activities you can do. You’ll be free to pursue whatever hobbies you want.
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Souvenirs, photo albums, and love letters are a few examples of special items that are hard to throw away. And why should you? Even if memorabilia take up much-needed space, they represent meaningful moments and significant changes in your life, memories that are worth keeping.
If you only have a couple of sentimental items, you might be able to keep these in your tiny house without any inconvenience. But if you have a box full of photos and letters, you might struggle to find a place for them with such limited space.
That’s where climate-controlled storage can be a huge relief, saving you from throwing away items you’ll later miss. Especially if you’re planning to live in a tiny house temporarily, there’s no reason why you should sacrifice valuable keepsakes just because your home isn’t big enough.
With a self storage unit, you can stay on a small budget while still keeping items that are important to your life. Self storage is an affordable way to have a minimalistic, low-cost home without losing any valuable items.
For information and prices, check out what we offer at Metro Self Storage and find a self storage facility near you!