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Whether you live in the world's most expensive cities, or just want to reduce your footprint, living small can be a way to do just that. Let's have a thread of tips and inspiration for those of us who live small - or are glad they don't have to ;)

Attached is a photo of my tiny 'closet', which rests at the foot of my perennially opened sofabed: secondhand teak shelves (US$26) piled high with books on top, and my winter wardrobe underneath: tops/sweaters on one shelf, dresses on another, trousers at the bottom. At right is a rack (US$10) about 2 feet wide with skinny vintage hangers (US$10) from steamer trunks, where a few delicate clothes hang. Behind them a secondhand, never-used shoe organizer (US$5) hangs from the side of the shelves, its pockets filled with socks, leggings, tights, unmentionables etc.  PJs dangle from the side of the shelf from a hanging hook designed by a colleague (free), next to the sliding Japanese-style door that divides my curved bedroom from the living room.

It's a juggling act but all quite organized-ish. All summer clothing is rolled and bagged into built in storage, overhead Japanese style, until March when I'll do the switch-over.

How about you? Would love to see how other Mustachians live in tiny spaces, what solutions have worked for you, etc.

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 08:29:09 AM »
Secondhand fridge (US$90) fits perfectly on secondhand washer/dryer unit (US$300). A setup I wouldn't recommend to most, but works for me and those of my neighbors who can afford a washing machine.

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 09:33:53 AM »
Posting to follow for now and hopefully contribute later. My partner and I are moving into a 40sqm/430sqft flat sometime this year, which isn't super tiny but has to accommodate a home office setup (the sort that requires extensive hardware... not the sort where a laptop suffices), occasional entertaining (including sleepover visits from my parents), and I'd like a cat, too.

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2018, 02:57:46 PM »
PTF

My house is small, but not tiny, and I am always trying to reduce and reorganize. I am here to learn more.

Your clothing setup is impressive. I have reduced my wardrobe by about 2/3 since retiring and am still reducing it a bit at a time.

We downsized my business office from 1200 sq. ft. in an office building to 114 sq. ft. when we moved it home. Had to re-home a lot of furniture and equipment. It was a big job. We've given a lot of stuff to our children, friends, and charity. Sometimes selling things seems like more trouble than it is worth.

I love the idea of living light and having a small footprint.


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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2018, 11:31:13 AM »
Secondhand fridge (US$90) fits perfectly on secondhand washer/dryer unit (US$300). A setup I wouldn't recommend to most, but works for me and those of my neighbors who can afford a washing machine.

I am fascinated by your combo washer/dryer. I didn't know they existed, and it might solve some of my work laundry issues.
Can you say more about brand and model, drum capacity, cycle times, general satisfaction with the unit? Is it vented or ventless?

I live in a 420 sq ft apartment in one of the top three least-affordable cities in the world. (Other cities are more expensive, but their wages are also higher.)

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2018, 01:28:36 PM »
Posting to follow... Although I don't live in a tiny home, it often feels that way with seven of us here. And I need a huge decluttering. Posting for inspiration. Anyone else have lovely pics?

Op, I love your closet!!

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2018, 04:54:23 PM »
PTF. I sold my HUUGE 1000 sf house last year and hoping that once I do settle down again it'll be in something under 500 sf. Will most likely be an apt or condo in a small coastal city or small mountain cabin in a ski town.

 Currently doing the short term vacation house rental between camping road trips and have been looking for a small one bedroom or studio houses to rent for summer. Have a dog now so more difficult. Single minimalist so a tiny place is easy. Plus I spent years living on boats and now spend my travel time living in a small van. A 200 sf place would seem huge.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2018, 07:10:13 PM »
MissyB, my washer/dryer combo is by Siemens. In HK they're often available on English language Craigslist type sites, not so much in the local secondhand stores near me.

I'm working in Shanghai for a few weeks so can't check stats on the model but IIRC it's a rather small one, washes several kilos and completely dries about half as much - if loaded more you'll need to dry for a second cycle. Some people really picky about laundry have said they don't wash or dry as well as separate units, but I'm happy with it.  Perfect for one or two people but you'd want something larger for a family. Takes a while to complete an entire cycle (it's high efficiency and uses less water than top loaders) up to 4 hours. I'll throw in a duvet cover and some towels in the AM and take them out when returning from work. Used just a washer for years but once in a tiny space there was no room to hang dry without imposing on the neighbors - or risking laundry soaked by their aircon units.

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2018, 11:25:05 PM »
I also have a washer-dryer combo in my flat, it's an Electrolux EWW12753 and can do up to 7.5kg washing and 4.5kg drying. I've only had it for about a week and haven't tried filling it up to maximum capacity yet. I suspect I will use the quick wash cycles for smaller loads more often, as it's just the two of us. Currently my favourite function is the vapour refresh, which kind of gently steam cleans the clothes. I'm pretty sure it's more energy-efficient than regular washing+drying* so I'm going to use it for clothes that aren't dirty enough to require a proper wash.

*I don't know how much energy my particular model uses, but I found this article from AEG that says that their steam programmes only use about 0.2kwh each cycle. http://newsroom.electrolux.com/uk/2013/05/17/dry-clean-in-your-own-home-with-the-aeg-steam-function/

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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2018, 04:12:22 AM »
We have a small, although not tiny house, about 900 sf for 2 people and 2 cats.  I will try to get some photos to share. 

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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2018, 09:39:21 AM »
ooohh, I can't wait to contribute!

 We are moving in 6 weeks, into a 590 square foot apartment with a 5x8 storage space in the basement.  It won't be a huge shock per se, we have lived in 640 sq feet with no storage for the last 5 months, but DH will start working from home when we move, so thats an additional set up (3 screens, laptop, and server rack...) and privacy that he will need at times, and we also have 2 large dogs, so they take up some extra space.  I like beautiful spaces though...so the challenge will be using a 1 bedroom for entertaining, my painting, DH's daily office, potentially housing guests, and making it all look and feel calm and pretty at the same time. 

I'm up for the challenge...pics when completed!

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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2018, 06:46:36 AM »
Looking forward to your photos everyone! Share the inspiration....this weekend I'm sleeping under a staircase in a vintage house in Taipei, will post a photo or 2.

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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2018, 11:24:43 PM »
Sleeping under this staircase was not bad - but the Japanese / Taiwanese pillow was a bit on the hard side!

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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2018, 11:27:02 PM »
It's kind of like a dorm, but there's no one shifting in the top bunk. Just reception next to you -

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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2018, 08:18:51 AM »
Ran into this article today, architects proposing to create micro apartments in Hong Kong using giant water pipe tubes https://mymodernmet.com/opod-housing-tubes-micro-apartments/

About 100sqf. I wouldn't mind spending a year or two in one of these. Really enjoy small spaces with lots of curves, though they're not optimally efficient for storage. Might feel like living in a fishbowl depending on location. We have virtually no codes for apartments in HK so there's virtually no insulation.

What do you think?

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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2018, 08:22:53 AM »
Ran into this article today, architects proposing to create micro apartments in Hong Kong using giant water pipe tubes https://mymodernmet.com/opod-housing-tubes-micro-apartments/

About 100sqf. I wouldn't mind spending a year or two in one of these. Really enjoy small spaces with lots of curves, though they're not optimally efficient for storage. Might feel like living in a fishbowl depending on location. We have virtually no codes for apartments in HK so there's virtually no insulation.

What do you think?
Thats a pretty cool idea. I'd for sure stay in one for a visit, like as a hotel, not sure if I'd actually live in one. The lack of kitchen would be a huge problem for me and $400/month sounds like a lot for such a tiny space, but I don't really know what the market is like there.
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« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2018, 09:37:28 AM »
Ran into this article today, architects proposing to create micro apartments in Hong Kong using giant water pipe tubes https://mymodernmet.com/opod-housing-tubes-micro-apartments/

About 100sqf. I wouldn't mind spending a year or two in one of these. Really enjoy small spaces with lots of curves, though they're not optimally efficient for storage. Might feel like living in a fishbowl depending on location. We have virtually no codes for apartments in HK so there's virtually no insulation.

What do you think?
Thats a pretty cool idea. I'd for sure stay in one for a visit, like as a hotel, not sure if I'd actually live in one. The lack of kitchen would be a huge problem for me and $400/month sounds like a lot for such a tiny space, but I don't really know what the market is like there.

$400/month is so cheap compared to most options, the only equivalents are typically dorms, or extremely unhygienic conditions or "coffin homes" which are slightly less
www.theatlantic.com/amp/photo/526881/

I pay approx US$800/mo for 150sqf in a neighborhood with more brothels than grocery stores. We have good wet markets though... Most of my expat colleagues struggle to find places that fit within our housing allowance of US $2k. But their standards are a bit different than mine.

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« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2018, 09:40:38 AM »
I can imagine living in the OPod for a year or so if I'm single. You could use a portable cooktop for cooking, I've used that before when I lived in a dorm-style sharehouse with no kitchen.

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« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2018, 09:50:35 AM »
Ran into this article today, architects proposing to create micro apartments in Hong Kong using giant water pipe tubes https://mymodernmet.com/opod-housing-tubes-micro-apartments/

About 100sqf. I wouldn't mind spending a year or two in one of these. Really enjoy small spaces with lots of curves, though they're not optimally efficient for storage. Might feel like living in a fishbowl depending on location. We have virtually no codes for apartments in HK so there's virtually no insulation.

What do you think?
Thats a pretty cool idea. I'd for sure stay in one for a visit, like as a hotel, not sure if I'd actually live in one. The lack of kitchen would be a huge problem for me and $400/month sounds like a lot for such a tiny space, but I don't really know what the market is like there.

$400/month is so cheap compared to most options, the only equivalents are typically dorms, or extremely unhygienic conditions or "coffin homes" which are slightly less
www.theatlantic.com/amp/photo/526881/

I pay approx US$800/mo for 150sqf in a neighborhood with more brothels than grocery stores. We have good wet markets though... Most of my expat colleagues struggle to find places that fit within our housing allowance of US $2k. But their standards are a bit different than mine.
Oh boy, those are definitely not examples of "beautiful & frugal tiny house living".. It's sad that people have to live in such conditions. In that case, the tube homes look super luxurious!
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