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. Still there will always be some items that temporarily aren’t available. Through the here given links you will be  able to find more similar products.

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Top 5 Corner Wall mount Shelves around $35

Walnut Finish Corner Zig Zag Wall ShelfLiving Big in a small place is all about implementing great storage ideas and the smart use of every inch of place you have without falling into the clutter trap.  Corner Wall mount Shelves fulfill exactly these requirements.  And besides being functional they are doubtlessly very decorative.

Usually I’m not advocating for collecting knickknacks and cluttering your home with them.  Living in a tiny place such as an apartment, RV, boat or tiny house you probably know what I’m talking about.  Nevertheless you shouldn’t give up on your favorite decorations, books, knickknacks and memory-filled objects.  There are obviously such items that still need to have their place in your tiny place.  And may it just be for decorative reasons.  Books, I think, are perfect to be placed on Corner mount Shelves.  But, you know, there are no limits to your imagination.  Give wings to your decorative wishes and let them fly.

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Top 4 Compost Tumblers or Composters around $120

Recycled Plastic Compost TumblerAfter having made my post about Compost Bins in which you can collect all your compostable material I write this follow-up about the Top 4 Compost Tumblers or Composters.  It is one thing to collect the compostable material, but another where to bring it.  If you live in an apartment complex where composting is organized for all renting parties, you are fine with just having a great compost bin in your kitchen.

Composting is important, everybody knows that.  Compost cultivates soils for growing vegetables and flowers, helps the lawns fight off disease and keeps down erosion.  Also it supports the soil with retaining water.  You might hesitate to start your own composter in your backyard because of smell issues or hard physical work.  Well, those were issues of the past.  Today composting is so simple, everybody can do it.

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Top 3 Comfortable Hammocks around $100

Algoma 11 ft. Cotton Rope Hammock Metal Stand SetYeah, summer is here!  Well, not yet, officially.  Still, as for me summer starts as soon as we have the first consecutive days of warm weather.  And then, I just want to be outdoors – all the time.  What better place to be outside than in a comfortable hammock.

I love hammocks.  So much that you can’t get me out of it once I took that place over.  Hammocks are just perfect for many uses, may it be outdoors or indoors.  You can’t imagine something more comfortable and more summery than hammocks.

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Top 5 Compost Bins around $25

Chef's Star Stainless Steel Premium Compost Bin 1 GallonThe composting theme doesn’t seem appropriate if you live in a tiny place like an apartment, RV, houseboat or tiny house.  Where would you collect the food scraps without having to deal with bad smell?

Actually, there is no reason for you to give up on the composting thought.  Composting is absolutely possible and fun even in your tiny place.  And you won’t experience it until you start having your own compost bin, but composting actually reduces the amount of your garbage remarkably.  A nice side effect!

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Top 4 Shower Organizers under $20

Umbra Bask Shower Caddy, SmokeThe bathroom is the most neglected room in a home, neglected in regard to look nice and be functional at the same time.  How well is your bathroom organized?  Where do you keep your bath products?  Do they take away precious space somewhere on the sink, on the side of the bath tub or elsewhere in the bathroom?  Most often it just doesn’t give a good feeling to see an un-organized pile of bath products somewhere in your bathroom.

For my first apartment’s tiny bathroom I would have wished to have something like a Shower Organizer.  During my research I found great variations of Shower Organizers in form of baskets, caddies and others.  The ideas of how to organize and keep your bath products are ingenious, I think.

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Top 5 Window Plant Boxes around $20

Fiskars 30 Inch TerraBox Planter, Thyme GreenIn Switzerland this is a very common look: Window Plant Boxes hanging outside the windows filled with colorful flowers.  I guess this is common in other European countries too, such as Germany, France and Austria.

Window flower planterMaybe I’m bias about it because I grew up seeing those window plant boxes full of flowers everywhere, but I totally like them.  I love the look of these beautiful window flower boxes enhancing the overall look of the whole house.  Even in apartment buildings people hang them in front of the windows of their apartments.  There are many rules in Switzerland about apartment living, but this kind of window decoration is widely accepted and supported.

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Top 4 Elegant Table Lamps around $30

Distressed Antique Gold Candlestick Table LampThere are those little details that just make the difference of how your room and home looks.  Table Lamps are surely one of those details.  You will be surprised what kind of decorating potentials are hidden in something small and seemingly unimposing like Table Lamps.

For me, a table lamp always adds a certain elegance and exquisiteness to a room, not to mention the light it provides being more indirect and smooth than hard and sharp.  Although there are people who just like the look of a table lamp as it is, not with the light on.  An interesting thought.

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Top 1 Wall mounted Toilet

American Standard 2093.100.020 Glenwall Pressure Assisted Elongated Wall-Mounted Toilet, WhiteIn my post about the Top 3 Toilets under $250 I mentioned the wall mounted toilets that are more expensive but have great advantages compared to the floor mounted ones.

After researching and reading around I found one model that is currently available as whole toilet, with bowl and tank.  With other models you need to buy the bowl and tank separately.

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Top 3 Portable Foldable Lightweight Picnic Tables around $60

Outsunny Outdoor Aluminum Portable Folding Camp Suitcase Picnic Table with 4 Seats, SilverWoohoo, I’m going outdoors today!  Not literally of course, but here in my blog.  Picnic tables are my theme, and I must admit it was a lot of fun to just look through all the available models.  Even more because today it is rainy and cold outside.  Well, there is nothing wrong about dreaming of warm sunny weather!

I decided to stay with the Portable Foldable Lightweight Picnic Tables.  The reason is obvious.  If you live in an RV or tiny house you want to look for portability, good storage features and therefore for lightweight.  And!  Picnic Tables are not only great for outdoors but surprisingly awesome for indoors.  With this in mind this post also speaks to you living in a small apartment or house boat.

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Top 3 Humidifiers for small spaces under $50

SPT SU-2020 Ultrasonic Humidifier, 2-GallonFor people who live in a dry hot climate or higher altitude humidifiers are a must-have.  Are you among these people, living in a small space?  If yes, I have good news for you.  Humidifier for small rooms are quite powerful and incredibly affordable.

And speaking of small rooms.  As I like to point out, small not always means really small, everything is relative.  So, humidifiers cover actually a room size of 250 up to 600 square feet.

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