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.

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Top 3 Compact Space Heaters under $50

Lasko 6435 Designer Series Ceramic HeaterCompact Space Heaters are perfect if you just want to heat a small space, may it be one room in a house, an office, a boat or RV or even a tiny house.  Instead of heating a whole house or apartment it’s clearly more energy efficient when you heat only the place you are in for a certain amount of time.

There are obviously areas in houses and apartments that don’t need to be heated to the same temperature than the place you are in for a longer time such as kitchen and bedroom.  It’s no secret that you sleep better in a cooler room. And cooking heats up the space anyway.

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Top 3 Breakfast Stations around $30

Bella Toast Breakfast stationAll right, I write about ways how to live a big life in the smallest way.  That’s on the one hand fun because it activates my creativity and on the other hand it’s given by the living circumstances, such as living in an apartment, on a boat or in a tiny house.

So, what’s big about a little big life?  Of course the big in “little big” is you, your personality, making your life big.  To compliment it you can allow yourself a little luxury … such as a Breakfast station.

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Top 3 Laptop Stands around $25

Allsop Cool Channel Platform It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, an RV, a boat or a tiny house, working with your laptop is most probably one of your daily tasks – may it be for work or leisure – that need adequate attention.  There are some reasons why you don’t want to keep your laptop for hours on your lap.  Heat, viewing angle of the screen, hunched sitting position, you name it.

Laptop stands answer exactly to these reasons.  They upgrade the ergonomics of your working space.  They help you keeping your body posture comfortable and healthy and they keep the laptop cool by holding it elevated.

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Top 4 complete compact kitchens under $1400

Combination compact kitchen by Summit ApplianceSometimes I have to smile when I read about tiny kitchens and the pictures show kitchens with even an island, lots of countertop space, 4-burner-stove with big oven and a huge refrigerator. And it reminds me that everything is relative, it’s just the way people look at it.  For some their kitchen is tiny and for others it’s really tiny.

The good news is that people prefer more and more often small kitchens. Tiny kitchens are getting more popular in contemporary and modern living spaces.

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Top 5 Wall Mounts for TV under $35

VideoSecu TV Wall Mount Articulating Arm Bracket for VESA 100 LCD LED Flat Panel Screen TV and Monitor ML10B 1E9After having shown the Top 4 Flat Screen TVs with 22” this post is all about wall mounts. When you can buy HDTVs with 22 in under $200 the cost for the wall mount should be considerably lower. You’ll find here a list of the top 5 wall mounts under $35.

Some might place their TV rather on a shelf or cabinet. In tiny houses, RVs and boats though mounting the TV on the wall is often the only possible solution because counter- and cabinet space is so scarce. Then again having the TV placed on a shelf opens up the possibility to move your TV around wherever you want to have it. Therefore it’s up to your special space availability which solution you’ll choose for your TV.

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Top 4 Flat Screen TV 22 inch under $200

Samsung UN22F5000 22-Inch 1080p 60Hz Slim LED HDTVThere is almost no other electronics device on the market that changed in performance and price as much as flat screen TV’s did in the last years.

If you’re looking for a flat screen TV with 22 inch diameter for your bedroom, office, your tiny house, micro apartment, RV or boat, you’ll find that there are great options at Amazon in the price range of under $200. Incredible, isn’t it.

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Top 5 Kitchen Cabinet Organizers

Magic Corner (Blind Corner) Pull Out - For Left Corner (Right Hand)There is no question that cabinet space in a small kitchen is very precious.   So organizing this space in an effective and practical way is important.

In order to be completely efficient, cabinets should be fully used, meaning it should be accessible even to its farthest corners.  No matter if your kitchen cabinets are old or new, you have possibilities to improve the use of space by installing kitchen cabinet organizers of different sizes and forms fitting your personal needs.

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Top 5 Kitchen Organizers

Rubbermaid Pan Organizer RackThere is no limit to creativity when it comes to organizing your small kitchen.  By taking advantage of every little space you can still keep the look of your kitchen clean and orderly.   The reward is a well organized kitchen that makes it easier for cooking while looking nice at the same time.

The following organization ideas work for all kind of kitchens whether it be tiny or large, in a boat, RV and an urban apartment/condo.

Here are 5 fun ideas on how you can get organized in creative ways to open up big spaces for small kitchens.

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Top 4 Mini Window Air Conditioners around $150

Keystone window air conditionerMini window air conditioners with a BTU of 5,000 to 6,000 are perfect for tiny houses, small apartments, RVs or boats.   They can also efficiently cool single rooms such as bedrooms or offices.

Does your space have only small windows or do you need to preserve floor space?  Then a mini window-mounted air conditioner might be the solution for you too.   Otherwise take a look at these Top 3 Portable 8,000 BTU Air Conditioners around $300.

Independently of whether the unit is Energy Star certified or not, you can save energy with a window-mounted air conditioner by following these simple tips:

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How to cook in a small kitchen, 7 magic tips and more

Book In the small kitchenIf your kitchen is small, I mean really small, it doesn’t mean that you can’t create great meals in it.  Cooking in a small kitchen is all about being organized.

There is one well-known cook who creates great meals in a really tiny kitchen.  You might already have heard of her. It’s Annie Mahle, chef and owner of the Schooner J.& E. Riggin.  She prepares gourmet meals for 30 people 3 times a day in her little boat-kitchen during the summer season in Rockland, Maine.

If she can cook for so many guests in such a tiny kitchen,  it’s definitely manageable for you too to cook great meals in your small kitchen in your apartment, tiny house, RV or boat.  I poured over some of her advice and came up with 7 magic tips of how to cook in a small kitchen:

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