Do Hobbies and Tiny Spaces Mix?

Will my hobby fit in my future "tiny lifestyle?" The truth is, not all hobbies are suitable to be practiced in a tiny space, but many tiny housers find ways to integrate their passions into their Tiny House RV. Storage for your hobby crafts and gear is also possible with a little creativity. Let's take a look at a few examples. 

Photo credit: Laura & Matt from Life in 120 Square feet

Musical Hobbies

Hanging ukuleles, guitars or violins is a great way to store your musical instrument as a piece of art in your Tiny House RV. If you play a large instrument, such as piano, you will need to integrate enough space for the instrument into your design.

Ella Jenkins designed her Tumbleweed with space in mind for her beloved instruments. In the photo above, you can see her large harp resting as a background focal point while her banjo is stored on the top shelf in the foreground. It can be done!

Art Hobbies 

Are you an artist? Nowadays they make collapsible artist easels that fit perfectly in a tiny space. Try positioning your easel in an area with plenty of windows for natural light, as seen in the Tumbleweed Cypress pictured above.

Miranda is an avid knitter, and she plans on continuing her hobby in her Tumbleweed. Ella makes jewelry. Skyler runs a headband making business out of her Tiny House RV. There are plenty of artistic hobbies that can work in a small space.

Snowboard storage in "Tiny House Giant Journey"

Sports & Exercise

Sports are generally meant to be done outdoors or in an specified arena. That being said, sport equipment can be stored in a Tiny House RV. Some tiny housers even use rock climbing holds on their wall instead of a ladder! Rackets, trekking poles, snorkel masks and fins, can easily be stored or displayed in a small space. I've even seen collapsible kayaks and folding bicycles in Tiny House RVs!

Zack Giffin (Host of Tiny House Nation) uses his Tiny House RV as a mobile ski lodge! His tiny space actually advocates for his hobby! Photo credit of Zack's house.

Some exercise routines are possible in a tiny space, such as: yoga, sit ups, push ups, pulls ups, lunges, squats, etc. For exercise that requires a lot of equipment or maneuvering, a gym membership may be best.

 Mario's Big Screen TV on a Swivel Mount

Digital Entertainment

Who says you can't have a big screen TV in a Tiny House RV? Mario has not one but TWO big screen TVs in his Tumbleweed: a projection screen for the loft and a big screen on a swivel in his great room. You can easily watch football games, host movie nights or play video games in your Tiny House RV with the right entertainment system.

Ariel Canning Pasta Sauce in her Tumbleweed Cypress

Cooking & Food Preserve

If you love cooking and homesteading, you're not alone! Many tiny housers enjoy self sustainability. Ariel has a planted beautiful garden next to her Wyoming based Tumbleweed. She also enjoys canning, drying, pickling and cooks almost all of her own meals.

Ariel cooking in her Tumbleweed Cypress. Photo credit.

Some Hobbies are Made for Big Spaces

As I mentioned before, not all hobbies can fit in a Tiny House RV (or even a large home). For instance, if you're hobby is glass blowing or ballet dancing, you will probably prefer to rent a studio space. If you enjoy raising chickens, fishing and hunting, you should get outdoors.

You don't have to fit everything inside your Tiny House RV. A lot of equipment can be rented, such as: scuba gear, skis, skates, canoes, etc. Purchase art supplies as you need them. Enjoy having the freedom of mobility without clutter and materialism. You can find a way to practice your hobbies, even if that means thinking outside the box!

What is your hobby? Will it fit in a tiny space?

Related article: Do Pets and Tiny Spaces Mix?

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 

Greywater: What is it, and Why is it Awesome?

Confession: I'm kind of a simpleton when it comes to plumbing. Only in recent years has it occurred to me to ask questions like, where does toilet water go when I flush? And how is it suddenly replaced with clean water? And sinks, and washing machines, and showers for that matter- what happens to all my own waste water?

Is it magic? 

Since that first realization of my ignorance regarding all things waste water, I've tried my best to learn a little more about plumbing. At times, it can be hard to remember how wasteful flush toilets and long showers are. 

Enter off-grid water recycling systems! Designing a Tumbleweed that doesn't require regular hook-ups is a great opportunity to get to know your personal water usage. Here's a bit about how you can use greywater to minimize waste and take advantage of a great resource. 

What is greywater?

Greywater refers to waste water that is relatively harmless and can thus be reused for a variety of purposes. It gets the name "grey" for being somewhere between fresh water and sewage water. 

Usually, the term encompasses dishwater, laundry water and shower water. However, it is important that you don't put ANYTHING remotely toxic in your sink, shower or laundry machine if you're planning on reusing the water. It's pretty easy to avoid-just make sure you're using biodegradable soaps, laundry detergents, etc.

I got some great biodegradable soaps for Christmas, and am excited to eventually set up my own grey water irrigation system! 

How is it reused?

Greywater is typically used for irrigation- most people direct their grey water into gardens or mulch pits. Grey water can also be recycled inside. Water from showers and dishes can be used in toilets, house plants, and greenhouses.

Greywater reuse in a garden (Source) 

You can get pretty creative- there's no one way to use greywater! 

Remember, of course that greywater is never safe to drink. Filtration processes can render it safe to use for toilet water and washing water. 

What's the difference between greywater and blackwater?

Blackwater contains human waste, and cannot safely be used- generally, this refers to the water flushed in toilets. It contains pathogens that must decompose before they can be safely released into the environment. One way to avoid dealing with blackwater? Composting toilets! 


Do you have a unique way of reusing greywater? Tell us about it! 

Written by Nara Williams — December 31, 2012

Filed under: 2012   blackwater   composting toilet   energy efficient home   gardening   green homes   greywater   irrigation  

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