Let’s be serious: NO ONE likes to do chores. In fact, one of the main attractions to the Tiny House movement is the ability to downsize our honey-do-list. But do smaller spaces really equal less work and maintenance? I can only speak from my own personal experience as a Tiny House RV owner. Below I’ve listed my chore lists. How do they compare to yours?
Below are the chores I do on a daily (or every few days) basis when I am full time in my Tiny House RV.
- Make the bed – A little challenging because of the loft.
- Dishes – I do these by hand.
- Sweep / vacuum – I have a dog. I like to sweep once a day to keep the dog hair to a minimum. That may sound like a lot, but it only takes about 10-15 minutes. It’s part of my morning routine.
- Empty the urine container in my compost toilet. I have the Nature’s Head Composting toilet with a seperate container for liquid waste. The liquid container needs to be emptied every two to three days. I could also plumb the liquids to mix with my grey water system and then I would never have to empty it. Future goals!
Typical chores I do on a weekly basis.
- Take out the trash / recycling / compost
- Fill water tank. If I’m off-grid I can go almost a week on my 47 gallon fresh water tank as long as I’m being careful with my water use. More on Tiny House plumbing.
- Fill propane tanks. I usually go through one 15 lb propane tank every 6 weeks. It usually costs around $20 to do a tank swamp at my local grocery store.
- Dump the solid waste of my compost toilet. My toilet is rated for 90 uses before needing to be dumped. Because I travel a lot, I can go about 5-6 months.
- Winterize. Protect my plumbing and propane. Click here for more on winterizing.
- Create a trailer skirt. This increases my heating and cooling efficiency. Usually I do this whenever I know I’ll be staying somewhere for an extended period of time.
- Empty/clean the chimney pipe. I have a Kimberly wood stove.
- Snow removal. If I get a bunch of snow, and it’s not shedding from the roof, I will need to brush it off to protect my loft skylight and prevent ice dams. This hardly ever happens.
- Humidity protection. I haven’t had this happen yet because I have vinyl windows. Some Tiny House RVers have to wipe their window frames down certain times a year to prevent damage from humidity.
- Patch / repair scuffs in floor
- Patch / retouch paint
- Change tires
When on the road there are a few extra chores to consider.
- Truck maintenance. Oil changes, tire rotations, etc.
- Grease the ball bearing. When appropriate per manufacturer.
- Protect the siding. Some siding choices (such as cedar) will need to be refinished occasionally from weathering. My siding is reclaimed wood, so I just let it keep doing its thing.
- Windows. Make sure to protect the windward side windows from rocks. This can be done with shutters or simply by attaching plywood during travel.