5 Products That Make Life Easier in a Tiny House

I have lived in my 24′ tiny house for a year now. Over that year I have discovered some handy products. Here are my top five products for you to consider.

1) The Instant Pot
GAME CHANGER. I get excited about things that do multiple functions. Both as a minimalist and a tiny houser, I do not have room for one trick ponies. The Instant Pot rocks. I have been using it for about 8 months now. It’s a pressure cooker, crockpot, rice cooker, steamer, sautér, yogurt maker and warmer. The only function I have not used is the yogurt maker. (I am still working on making vegan yogurt.)

It has 14 “smart programs,” Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook.

I use my Instant Pot almost every day. It can do 5 pounds of potatoes in 13 minutes. It does rice in about 12. I make soups, curries and vegan chili the most often. It is at least 50% faster than traditional cooking, and I am all about the one pot clean up. They make several types now. This bad boy has changed the way I cook.

2) Micro Fiber Bath Towels
I live in the Pacific Northwest, and I don’t have a dryer. Two significant bits of information when deciding on what kind of bath towels to buy. I ordered these microfiber bath towels because they dry fast. The set I purchased has a face cloth, a hand towel, and a bath sheet. I actually use the hand towel as a dish towel. These are super lightweight, absorbent, and dry fast. In a tiny bathroom, in a humid climate, cotton towels took up too much room and took too long to dry. These are super easy to store in a small space. They are also great for traveling.

3) Roll-up Dish Drying Rack
This super cool dish drying rack rolls out over the top of your sink so your dishes can air dry and not take up any room on the counter. It might not be a big deal in a traditional house, but it is in a tiny house.

4) Magnetic Knife Rack
When drawer real estate is at a premium, and there is no room for a knife block, get them up on the wall. Not only are they great for storing your knives but everything stays in place when you are moving your house! I love my knife rack, and I have a collection of sharp, colorful knives to brighten things up. I also have two magnetic knife racks placed vertically to hold my spices in little tins. (See the picture above.)

5) Stick on LED Lights
I have two overhead lights in my tiny house. They are super. But talk about no ambiance, especially in the evening when I want to turn those overhead lights off. Without room for lamps, I picked up some of these lighting strips. Now I have lights by my bed to read, in the cabinets to find the stuff at the back. I have them under the bed so I don’t have to fish out my flashlight. I also have them under my kitchen shelving so I don’t always have to turn on the overhead light to make a snack.

For your convenience, you will sometimes find affiliate links peppered throughout this website. This means that when you purchase something through my affiliate link, I may receive some compensation. Purchasing through my links will cost you nothing additional, but I’d appreciate if you did! These are all products I actually use myself.

 

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