12 feng shui tips for living well in a tiny home

Whether you live in a tiny home through choice or necessity, it will present certain challenges. Here’s my advice about how to make the best of it without going mad.

Tiny home

The trick to living well in any home is to consciously choose each item you own so that it reflects who you currently are and where you are headed in life. Your home then becomes a place that nurtures and supports you rather than holding you back.

This is even more important when you live in a tiny home, where there is no room for excess of any kind. Here are my twelve top tips for how to make this work…

1. Reduce clutter ruthlessly

Most people use 20% of their stuff 80% of the time. Keep the 20% you really love and use, a few luxury extras, and let the rest go.

2. When something new comes in, something old goes out

Keeping to this rule will prevent clutter building up without you noticing it.

3. A place for everything and keep everything in its place

Tidiness really matters in a small space. When you finish doing something, put everything back where it belongs. At the very least, develop a routine of tidying last thing at night or first thing in the morning so that you can start each day fresh.

4. Keep surfaces clear

Clear surfaces make a place feel bigger than it is. Have one beautiful centrepiece to create a heart to your home, and keep other items out of sight.

5. Invest in clever storage solutions

Learn from motorhome designers and use all the space you have creatively. Visit a motorhome show to get some ideas.

6. Hang a large mirror

Avoid hanging mirrors that reflect you in bed (this can interfere with the quality of your sleep) or while socializing (it makes people feel like they are being watched). But in other areas, a well-positioned mirror can give the feeling of doubling the size of the space.

7. Simplify your decor

Choose light colours for the walls to make the rooms feel bigger, and add few stronger coloured decorative items as highlights. Keep your colour palate to a maximum of three or four contrasting colours in any area so that it won’t look too busy.

8. Don’t put too many pictures on the walls

A panoramic landscape image that acts like a picture window can make a place feel wonderfully expansive. But avoid putting too many pictures on the walls because it will make it feel smaller and claustrophobic.

9. Go paperless as much as possible

Paper clutter stagnates the energy of a space so never allow a backlog to build up. Invest in a scanner to convert documents and images to digital media as soon as they arrive in your life, and replace as many books as you can with ebooks, which take up no physical space at all.

10. Install uplighting

This will make the ceiling feel higher and the space feel brighter.

11. Create a capsule wardrobe

Have a consultation with an image consultant to discover which colours suit your skin and hair tones best. Then create a capsule wardrobe of colours that all go with each other so you can easily mix and match.

12. Make the most use of outdoor areas

Extend your living space to outdoor areas in any way you can so that you don’t feel psychologically confined by the tininess of your space.

Copyright © Clear Space Living Ltd 2018, updated 2022

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About Karen Kingston

Karen Kingston is a leading expert in clutter clearing, space clearing, feng shui, and healthy homes. Her two international bestselling books have combined sales of over three million copies in 26 languages and have established themselves as "must-read" classics in their fields. Her best-known title, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is now in its fifth edition. She is best known for her perspective-changing insights and practical solutions that enable more conscious navigation of 21st-century living.
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3 Responses to 12 feng shui tips for living well in a tiny home

  1. Extend your living space to outdoor areas in any way you can so that you don’t feel psychologically confined by the tininess of your space.

    Yeah. That’ll work on the 15th floor of a high rise.

    1. Hi Sarah – I included the phrase “in any way you can” because I know it won’t be possible to extend a tiny home into outdoor areas in all situations. The next best thing is to do outdoor activities as much as you can, so I hope that’s something you can do in the area where you live.

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