Welcome to Little Big Life!

I originally come from Switzerland, one of the smallest countries in the world, size-wise of course. About 70% of the Swiss live in rented apartments, many of them are considered to be really tiny (the apartments not the Swiss).

When I started off to live on my own, my first apartment wasn’t much more than one small room for sleeping, living and eating. It had a tiny kitchen and an even tinier bathroom. I learned fast to be aware of every bit space I had. Quickly I learned how I can arrange myself in a tiny space without losing quality of life. Well, there are actually numerous ways to still feel comfortable in a tiny space without giving up on esthetic and functional details.

English isn’t my first language but I hope to share with you my experiences and my research about how to live a big life in the smallest way.

Every post is always kept up to date allowing you to find the current items as described in the posts.

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Top 5 Over Stove/Over Sink Cutting Boards under $50

Camco 43521 Oak Accents Universal Silent Top Stovetop CoverMy first kitchen, tiny kitchen to put it bluntly, had a countertop of the size of an average cutting board.  It was about 5 x 10 inches, I never measured it though.  Since I just started out at that time I had no cutting board yet and used therefore the countertop as cutting board.  Well, during all my cooking activities I was always in need for more counter space.

My solution back then would have been a Over Stove/Over Sink Cutting Board.  What an ingenious idea!  You place it where you need it and where you have place for it – over the sink or over the stove or on your tiny table.  You use it when you need it!  And when you don’t need it, you can easily put it away thanks to its thin size.  A perfect solution for tiny kitchens may it be in a small apartment, RV, houseboat or tiny house.

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Top 4 Over-The-Sink Shelves under $30

Lipper International Bamboo Over-The-Sink ShelfSo, tell me, what do you have over your sink, in the kitchen and bathroom?  Nothing?  Air?  Well, I admit, it was the same for me.  I never got the idea that I could use the space over the sink.  Until, well, until I saw the first Over-The-Sink Shelf.

They are incredibly practical space savers, just made for small places with tiny kitchens and tiny bathrooms.  Some of them provide with their weight of some pounds quite a stability.  And they look elegant and not overly constrictive as you might have assumed.  The latter depends of course on what you place on the shelf.

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Top 3 Area Rugs 2 x 3 feet around $10

Oriental Traditional Isfahan Persian Area Rugs Black 2 x 3Living in a tiny place doesn’t mean at all that you should deny yourself decorations.  I wrote already about beautiful window curtains that freshen up the room creating a colorful and bright mood.  I really encourage you to give your decoration ideas a free hand.  It makes a difference, believe me.

Area rugs for tiny living spaces such as a small apartment, RV, houseboat or tiny house, can’t be too big.  I researched about area rugs being only 2 x 3 feet.  As you can imagine, it’s not the size making a rug look awesome and create comfortableness in your tiny room.  It’s the style.

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Top 3 Countertop Smart Mini Toaster Ovens 1800W under $180

Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ“Who needs an oven when you have a Mini Smart Oven?”  This was the comment of one of the customers, and it says it all.

Living in a tiny place as one person or two persons you might find that you don’t need a big built-in oven.  Even if you have a big oven you probably wouldn’t turn it on just for yourself or two persons. Countertop Smart Mini Toaster Ovens can replace a big oven easily.

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Top 4 Multimedia Home Theater Mini Projectors under $100

Tronfy® TP-30 Home Theater Mobile Mini Home Movie LCD Image Multimedia LED Video Portable HDMI ProjectorEven if you don’t have a TV service you probably have or want to have a TV for watching movies, documentaries, series or for playing games.  In a tiny living place such as a small apartment, a tiny house, RV or houseboat there might be no reasonable place for a Flat Screen TV even as small as of 22 inches.

Multimedia Home Theater Mini Projectors are the answer for this dilemma.  They take away as less space as you can think and create at the same time a great TV, movie and gaming experience.

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Top 4 Portable 15-30 Pint Dehumidifiers under $200

NewAir AD-250 25 Pint Portable DehumidifierThere are so many regions in our country where high level humidity is a big issue, as big as even being hazardous to health by causing mildew and bacteria growth on the walls and furniture.

If you live in a humid region like described you will sooner or later look for a dehumidifier.  My list of the Top 4 Portable Dehumidifier under $200 is limited to low-pint models such as 30-Pint or even less.  Another aspect I put attention on was the portability, meaning lightweight and size of the dehumidifier in order to use it in tiny living spaces.  Actually reading the customer reviews about small dehumidifier I realized that people living in RVs, Campers or Boats are most likely the ones to be interested in getting a good dehumidifier.

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Top 4 Portable Electric Countertop Cooktops around $50

DUXTOP 1800W Portable Electric Cast Iron CooktopA cooktop is unquestionably an important appliance in a kitchen.  Living in small places such as a tiny house, a RV, houseboat or small apartment you might want to have a portable countertop cooktop that you can move around as you wish.  Of course you can also be interested in having an additional portable cooktop that you can use outdoors or on your camping trips.

I put here a list together of Top 4 Portable Countertop Cooktops around $50 that are all electric.

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Top 3 Foldable Kitchen or Utility Carts around $100

Winsome Wood Foldable Mission Cart, NaturalWinsome Wood Mission Cart foldedKitchen is my dream theme on Little Big Life.  As you can guess, it is my favorite room in the house.  I just love to cook and to be in the kitchen.  I like having place for preparing the meals and discovered just recently how great foldable kitchen carts are.

Having a tiny kitchen may look at first glance as making cooking difficult.  Well, it isn’t.  On the contrary, it allows you to be more creative, more space-aware and also more efficient.

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Top 3 Wall Mounted Electric Heaters around $80

Cozy-Heater 400W wall mountedLiving in a small place means that floor space is precious, very precious.  Generally you think twice before you purchase a furniture or appliance that needs to be placed on the floor in your small apartment, tiny house, RV or boat.

And then, there are furniture and appliances you just need to have for a comfortable and cozy living.  Such as heaters, of course.  I made some research about wall mounted heaters in order to fulfill both requirements: having free floor space and comfortably being warm.

Wall mounted heaters are as well great heating solutions for any kind of smaller room, such as garage, basement, bathroom or office.

The advantages of wall mounted heaters are interesting.  They work on the principle of convective heat transfer.  What is that, convective heat transfer?

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Top 4 Stackable Counter Stools around $30 per stool

Bentwood stool, set of 4People, who don’t have tiny living experience, often think that a tiny living place makes it too difficult or even impossible to have guests and friends over.  Well, that isn’t entirely accurate.

Actually, at my first place I had almost every weekend a friend gathering in my tiny apartment – and my friends enjoyed it as much as I did.  One Saturday night I remember, I had even one of my bosses and some of my working colleagues over for a casual dinner – did I mention that I love to cook? – and for playing board games.  I got some compliments for my tiny apartment furnishing ideas.

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