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Swiss Army Knife and Swisscard Tool

Victorinox Swiss Army Fieldmaster Pocket KnifeLet’s talk Swiss today! Well, not the Swiss language, there are four of them anyway that are daily spoken in Switzerland. Did you know that? Swiss speak German, French, Italian and Rhaetian. Most of the Swiss speak therefore several languages fluently, like me with 5 active languages. But that’s not my present theme. Today I want to present the famous Swiss Army Knife.

The reason why everybody who lives in a tiny home would need a Swiss Army Knife is that there is always something to do, to install, to mount in a tiny place that requires tools. Several tools! Or one tool that has them all in one. The Swiss Army Knife. Honestly, it should be called Swiss Army Tool, because the knife is just one small part of the whole thing.

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Locking Security Mailbox

Locking Security Mailbox, BlackIn Switzerland this is a very common sight: locking mailboxes. All houses and all apartment buildings have them. When I arrived in the USA I was surprised that the majority of the mailboxes here are not lockable. I even don’t know why people in Switzerland have only lockable mailboxes. It’s not that mail theft would be a daily threat in Switzerland, to the contrary. It’s just normal that you can lock your mailbox. Therefore mail theft is something that happens extremely rarely. Vandalism on the other hand is sadly quite common.


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Top 2 Teak Corner Benches between $150 and $250

teak corner benchCorners are notoriously underestimated when it comes to find new places for storage or display in your tiny home, small apartment, RV, houseboat and tiny house.  As long as your home is not a yurt or a roundhouse you will have corners that most of the time remain unused.  Isn’t that true?

Perfect for corners are Corner Shelves or Corner Benches.  If you want to take advantage of the whole height of a corner, you might choose one of the awesome looking Corner Wall mount Shelves or  Corner Display Etageres.  Their disadvantage is their lightweight, meaning you can’t really place anything heavy on them.  But they are absolutely perfect for display.  Corner Benches on the other hand are very sturdy and hold a lot of weight.

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Top 2 Hanging Chairs

Tribeca Modern Bubble ChairBesides floating furniture and multi-functional pieces I like all kinds of hanging off-floor furniture for tiny living spaces such as small apartments, RV, houseboats or tiny houses.  Hanging chairs are of course a great furniture for all kinds of uses, may it be on your porch as a chair hammock or may it be for your kids in their rooms.

Hanging chairs don’t take away any space – and you can use it indoors as well as outdoors.  Well, when I started to look for the Top models of hanging chairs I found that there are essentially two main styles out there.  Both models are available in different colors, with different style cushions and hanging hardware.  But your decision for your future hanging chair will happen between these two models.

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Top 5 Window Shutters

window shuttersThere is literally no house in Switzerland without window shutters.  Well, let’s say 90% of the Swiss houses and buildings have them.  I even don’t know what the story is behind it because Switzerland has no hurricanes or tornadoes – normally.  Huge windstorms like the one in 1999 are extremely rare.  That exceptional storm called Lothar swept with winds of 160 mph across western and central Europe during a period of 36 hours causing major damage in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. So, window shutters are certainly a great protection against wind and weather.

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Top 5 Storage Hammocks around $10

Corner Tidy Hammock Storage OrganizerI don’t know if you are familiar with the idea that you can use a hammock as storage.  Well, I wasn’t – until recently.  And I was amazed about this unusual but ingenious idea!

A storage hammock is one of those inventions where you think: What a perfect way to declutter!  And again, you know me, just leave the usual path and ignore that most of these hammocks are meant for storing toys.  There is much more to it than that.

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Top 4 Flower Box Holders under $15

house with flower boxesI can’t gush enough over house walls, fences and windows that are decorated with colorful flowers. I mean, who doesn’t like the look of pretty flowers.  Thanks to ingenious flower boxes and window plant boxes we are able to create exactly this kind of beauty.  And the great news is that you can do that wherever you live.  Even more so when you live in a tiny house, a small apartment, houseboat or even RV.

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Top 5 Wall mount Racks with Hooks for $10-20

InterDesign Wall Mount 6 Hook RackSometimes a post can be about something as simple as wall mount racks with hooks.  Well, there might be nothing really exciting about them, they still are necessary and very practical and functional for your tiny living place, your small apartment, RV, boat or tiny house.

Of course, you know me, I like to encourage you to find unusual innovative ways to use your new rack with hooks.  The most obvious place in the hallway or sometimes garage doesn’t need to close the list of places where you can install it.  While being fancy with finding a new place you can also be creative with the items you want to hang.

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Top 2 Germination Stations under $30

Hydrofarm Germination Station with Heat MatI admit I’m a kind of a wishful gardener.  Or secret gardener.  Meaning, I really would like to garden but there were and are always some reasons speaking against it.  Space, climate, time.  Do you recognize yourself in this picture?  Well, I have good news for you – and for me.  There are incredibly affordable germination stations out there making indoor germination easy and fast.  And once your seeds grow into seedlings you can transfer them outdoor in your garden, in yard pots on your porch or your window plant boxes even indoors if you want.

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Top 3 Cubby Storage Units

Merry Garden Cubby Storage UnitHow do you organize your storage?  In a tiny living place such as a small apartment, an RV, boat or tiny house storage is one of the biggest challenges.  You might be interested in smart storage units that allow you to store items that you want to keep together in a defined area.

There is always something you need to store, even when you live in a tiny place and when you already know how to live with as less stuff as possible.  Well, Cubby Storage Units are multifunctional and exactly made for that: for storing the items you still need – even after all your decluttering – and for making the whole storage look nice and organized.

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Top 3 Replacement Umbrella Canopy around $25

Formosa Covers Replacement Umbrella CanopyIt’s sad to say but we live in a world where everything gets thrown away.  We live in a so-called disposable society.  That’s said it is totally up to us to change that.  Like … like looking for a replacement umbrella canopy instead of throwing the whole umbrella away.

Umbrella canopies are exposed to sun, wind and rain and fade therefore in color and substance after a certain time, which duration depends of course of the quality of the umbrella canopy.  But most often the frame keeps its quality and doesn’t need to be replaced as frequently.

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Top 3 Extension Tables

Vifah Outdoor Oval Extension TableOne way of solving the space problem in small living places is to get a dining table with extensions.  These extension tables are usually meant for outdoor uses. But of course you can use them indoors as well.

The advantages of extension tables are obvious.  You have a fairly normal table size for your daily needs.

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