09/27 Tips for storing all of your adventure gear in a tiny home

gear outside of Robert Garlow's tiny house

gear ready to be stored inside Robert Garlow’s tiny house

One of the trickiest aspects of going tiny is that outdoor gear doesn’t shrink to fit a tiny lifestyle.

You’ve got to think outside the tiny-home box to keep living as large as your adventures.

“We wanted our tiny house on wheels to support our outdoor lifestyle. When we were initially guesstimating how much space we needed to live full time we concluded that a 20- to 22-foot-long trailer would work,” Robert Garlow, 28, told GrindTV.

He blogs about mobile living with his wife Samantha.

“Naturally we bought a 24-foot long trailer and built a gear room adjacent to our living space, dedicating the last 3 feet of our house to the storage of the tools and equipment so important to our happiness,” he continued.

Just like you purge when you make any move in life, you’ll have to take on the task of refining your outdoor gear when you go tiny. It may be easier than you think to let stuff go.

Start by honing in on activities you know you love and prioritize around outdoor pursuits that you’ll have the most access to during your life in a tiny home.

That might mean giving up some gear related to old pipe dreams like learning to rock climb, for example.

Sort the obsolete stuff that you’re only hanging on to for the memory, sell the moderately used equipment that still has resale value and keep what you know you will use the most.

“Our gear room is 24 square feet,” Garlow says. “That may sound small, but that amounts to nearly an eighth of our 204-square foot tiny house. It was a big sacrifice that was totally worth it to have our home function as our own mobile base camp.”

Next up is the fun part: storage solutions. Half the pleasure of a tiny home is seeing how inventive you can get about stashing gear in places where no one will know they exist, or the opposite approach: showcasing pieces like art or integrating gear into functional design.

Bigger items like bikes and snowboards, many of which have slick graphics anyway, can work as wall art, inside or outside of a tiny home.

Consider both vertical and horizontal hanging options as you think about where to place your prettiest gear art.

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Elaine Walker

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