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 7 Hanging Clothes Storage under $15

start photoOrganization is everything when you live in a tiny space.  You still have your stuff, your clothing, everything you need for daily life, and you urgently need a great storage place in your tiny home to put all those things away.  Hanging clothes storage are an ingenious way to store your stuff away and a great alternative to those Movable Wardrobe Closets or Garment Racks.

Normally I’m more the type who likes to hide away all that stuff we have.  Well, sometimes this is important.  Mostly so, when you live in a really tiny place, a really small apartment, a tiny houseboat or your own tiny house.  But!  There are moments where you can store your stuff in a more open way.  So, let’s take a closer look at Hanging Clothes Storage.

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Top 4 Room Screen Panel Dividers around $80

Legacy Decor Black 4-Panel Plum Blossom Screen Room DividerDo you have a predilection for Japanese furniture or Japanese interior decor – like I have?  Well, you will like these Room Screen Panel Dividers – like I do.  Room Screen Panel Dividers are just perfect for tiny living such as small apartments, tiny houses, houseboats and RVs.  The tinier the home is the better you can take advantage of this ingenious piece of furniture.

The obvious advantage of a Room Screen Panel Divider is that it doesn’t take away as much floor space as for example a Freestanding Bookshelf as Room Divider.

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Tip: How to decorate a tiny home: Rustic Style

160110eThe rustic style is definitely one of the most chosen style for living spaces, and most certainly fits into all kinds of tiny homes such as a small apartments, tiny houses and houseboats.  The rustic style also fits perfectly into my line of decoration ideas for tiny homes such as the Eclectic style, the Boho style and the Nordic style.

Why is that?  Why do so many people like the rustic style?  People call it the shabby chic, which certainly is true.  It does look shabby and imperfect, and that’s great.  At the same time it creates that desirable homely feeling.  The rustic style creates a comfortable warm living atmosphere.

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Top 4 Adhesive Shelf Liners around $10

start photo 3When I moved into my second apartment in Switzerland – slightly bigger than the first tiny one – I entered the kitchen and discovered that the previous tenant must have had a major tomato sauce explosion. There were red spots all over the cabinets and even on the ceiling.  Those red spots though were just barely hiding the fact that the cabinets looked outdated and faded.

start photo 2I decided to create the cabinet look I always was dreaming of: a light wooden color.  I found adhesive shelf liners that looked exactly as I wanted.  So I started my kitchen cabinet adventure by covering all cabinet surfaces outside with the adhesive shelf liner.  That was a work!  It happened many years ago, but I still remember my fight with the bubbles under the adhesive shelf liner and the uneven surface of the cabinets.  Well, at the end, it looked great – and it held many years.

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Top 3 Rectangular Baskets around $10 per basket

start photoWhat do people who live in tiny homes, a tiny house, a small apartment, RV or houseboat discover first in their new tiny place?  Well, they find out very fast that living there is all about order and tight organization making a tiny space livable.  What are your experiences regarding this?

This applies of course to every room in your home, if your have a tiny bathroom, a tiny kitchen or a whole tiny place.  It can become a challenge to find out how to organize a tight space.  But let me tell you, it is also a lot of fun.  And with time you will become an expert in these questions.  So, today I like to take a look at rectangular baskets as storage unit.

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Top 6 Wall Lamps between $15 and $90

start photoEverything that you can hang on the wall and doesn’t take away any precious floor space is perfect for tiny homes, tiny houses, small apartments, RVs and houseboats.  So when you look around to find the perfect lighting solution for your home you might end up getting one of these gorgeous and elegant wall lamps.

We need lamps in our homes.  Natural light is obviously perfect during day.  In night we need lamps.  And there it is up to you to choose the style such as floor lamps, pendant lighting or even elegant table lamps or space saving wall lamps.  Before you choose the style you should be aware of how you want to use the light.

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Tip: How to decorate a tiny home: Curtains as Room Divider

start photoThere are different ways to divide a one-room tiny place.  In my first tiny apartment in Switzerland I divided my one-room with a free-standing low shelf.  I wanted the sleeping part divided from the living part but still having natural light through the only window lightening up the whole room.

Curtains are certainly another great way to divide a room.  They don’t take away floor space like a free-standing shelf.  And I must say, curtains as room divider looks just great, very elegant and fancy.  Fortunately there is a big variety in design and material of curtains available.

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Top 4 Recliners between $250 and $750

Homelegance 9723-1PW Upholstered Power Recliner Chair, Dark Brown, Textured Plush MicrofiberDo you remember the TV Series “Friends”, especially the moment where Chandler and Joey get their comfortable reclining chairs.  They were so happy with their recliners.  You really don’t need to stay on the conventional style side by getting a sofa or daybed or futon for your tiny house, small apartment or houseboat.  With a recliner you will be on the unique side of home style.  It also could be perfect for an Eclectic Style, if you wish to create such in your home.

It is rare that I find furniture that are just ranked 5 out of 5.  Here they are: the recliners.  Everybody loves them.  They are so comfortable, no doubt about that.  And they exude luxury with every part of the furniture.  Just perfect to make your tiny home look sublime and grand.  Who wouldn’t like that.

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Top 3 Movable Wardrobe Closets for tiny spaces under $50

Songmics Portable Wardrobe Clothes ClosetStorage is the big theme in tiny places.  If you live in a small apartment, a dorm, a tiny house, RV or houseboat you know about this pressing matter.  A movable wardrobe closet is certainly one answer to this issue.  The available models are just great with regard to that.

Since these wardrobe closets are portable you can easily disassemble them and take them with you wherever you move.  They are lightweight, most of them made of non-woven fabric, meaning a breathable material.  They come with roller shutter or zipper, so you can close your closet when guests are over or just to keep your clothes dust free and your tiny home orderly and nice.

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Top 4 Instrument Ideas for Tiny Homes

Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin SunburstI used to play piano for many many years. I know how wonderful it is to be able to play an instrument, to make music. You might think that living in a tiny place, a tiny house, a small apartment, RV or houseboat you have no way to play the instrument of your choice. Well, I can assure you that you still can and should pursue your wish for making music. It is a great hobby, isn’t it.

For beginners it is always the best to get the best possible quality to a reasonable price so you can find out if that instrument is something for you. Then and only then you can turn toward more expensive models of your chosen instrument. That said I encourage you to not just settle for the most affordable instrument. Choose the one you can see yourself playing and enjoying.

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