In praise of the shed

A lot of people* ask me, “What’s it REALLY like living in a tiny house? Is it as delightful as it looks on Pinterest? Can it really be practical?”

Imagine this. You drive over to the tiny house on a December night. It’s snowing. It’s dark. You somehow unlock the door via touch. You stumble into the cabin, throw down your bag, unpeel yourself from your winter coat, chuck your boots on the floor. Toss your keys on the dresser, your hat on a chair, your bagphonepursewallet on the counter. You’ve been there for about thirty seconds, and ….. already the place is a mess.

Folks, it is reeeeaaaaally hard to keep a tiny space looking neat and tidy. Keeping these items from daily life in order is actually quite a task.

Which is why you need a shed.

Maybe if you have a tiny house on wheels, that is built to completion in a warehouse, and where you have no plans to do any fix-it projects, then maybe you can do without a shed.

But if you have the need to say, shovel your way out to the car, or want to store some charcoal for the grill, or might have use for tools like a cordless drill, ladder, putty knife, paint roller, bucket, shovel, etcetcetc … I don’t know how anyone does it without a shed.

You need one if you want any chance of maintaining any sense of order (let alone keep that oh-so-popular minimalist cabin look).
Here’s a few photos of ours.

Pro-tip: Don’t store a bunch of old carpet and carpet padding in your shed, at least not over the winter. You might as well roll out a miniature mouse-sized red carpet and station some tiny paparazzi outside to make them feel special, cause you’ve just built a nice little rodent-sized Ritz-Carlton for them to stay warm and dry in over the cold months.

* Nobody has ever asked me this.


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