This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I’ve been reading a lot about the trend to build and move into a tiny house and I am fascinated by the stories. I’m no stranger to downsizing, having lived in a 4,200 square foot home in a different time. Now that I rent, I haven’t lived in anything above 1,400 square feet in a few years.
But the tiny house movement is different – many of these houses are below 500 square feet, and a lot of them are built on wheels. I can see the advantages:
- low utility bills
- less stuff to keep track of
- easy to clean
- low cost
- quick to build
I can also see the disadvantages such as less personal space, very little storage space, no room to entertain indoors and having to get rid of your possessions.
Can you prep if you live in a tiny house?
On one hand, much of prepping has to do with keeping keeping supplies such as water, food and gear. “Two is one and one is none” is a common adage. But if you live in under 500 square feet, you may have to re-think that. Also, you may not have room for self-sufficiency activities that require additional storage space such as canning.
On the other hand, many of the tiny homes are also built off-grid, which gives you the advantage of being self-sufficient. As long as you have sustainable and renewable energy and water sources, that is.
With a little creativity, I believe there are ways to prep while living in a tiny home:
- Keep some of your supplies in an accessible storage facility or shed.
- Have an underground cache containing your supplies.
- You can keep your go-bag in your car or truck.
- If you are building your tiny house, you can allocate some vertical space for storage. You just have to be very choosy about what you store.
- Prepping is not only about storing supplies but also about learning skills. Acquire survival skills such as hunting, fishing, first aid, that do not require any indoor space at all.
- Start a garden in an outside window box or empty space in the yard
When you think about it, there are always opportunities to prep no matter where you are.
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