One of the wonderful things about having my own writing space is that I get to discuss issues that wouldn’t be appropriate on my partner’s blog Rowdykittens. Tammy and I have received a lot of questions regarding tiny house details. Tammy does her best to keep up with these questions by adding notes to her tiny house frequently asked questions (FAQ) page. However, most of the answers on the Rowdykittens FAQ page are rather brief. When I was searching for tiny house tools and appliances I yearned for more details than most blogs or videos provided so today I thought I would start a series called tiny house details. In this series I will cover the tools and materials we chose and why we chose them. Here are a few examples of tiny house details chapters you can look forward to seeing: alcohol stove review, composting toilet system, windows, flooring, lights, loft bed frame, etc. After I complete the series I want to post an easy reference page where Tammy and I can refer readers in the future who have interests regarding tiny house materials and tools.
Chapter 1: Spice jars and food storage
Shortly after we moved into the tiny house we had some dear friends, Dave and Trina Feucht, over for dinner. Trina is wonderfully clever when it comes to design and what she refers to as “nesting”. Tammy and I were cooking for Dave and Trina and we were having trouble finding our spices in the midst of our moving disarray. Trina suggested that we should think about installing a few small mason jars above the stove to artfully display the spices and allow easy access. We loved the idea, it reminded me of workshops where I had seen similar a storage solution for bolts, nuts and washers of different sizes.
We installed the small glass jars with a simple screw through the lid and surprisingly its one of the first space saving details that guests remark on about our home. The solution is simple, elegant, and eye catching because of the glass. Besides being beautifully shiny, glass also makes it easy to see the
quantity of the contents and is impervious to moisture and pests. Screwing the lids to the bottom of the shelving allows both sides of the vertical space to be used and saves valuable counter space.
Recently we decided to expand this idea further. All of our dry pantry items like rice, wheat flour, sugar, lentils, beans, etc are now contained with glass mason jars and displayed on the shelf above our seating area. In addition I’ve started adding short, wide mouth pint mason jars to take up the space between the 2X4 loft joists above the front door. I’ll likely start putting drink mixes here like tea, coffee and hot cocoa mix.
What about you? What space saving ideas have you devised for your pantry? Please share in the comments below. :^)