Kristin is a Tumbleweed customer and works from her Tiny House RV. With so many people now working from home and considering a tiny house office, we asked her to share her experience.

My friends think I’m crazy, working in a 32-square-foot office. If you’ve ever worked in a cubicle in a big city office, a tiny house office isn’t that big a leap. It’s the same size space, but without people leaning their elbows on your cube wall and having noisy conversations in the aisle. I’ve been working remotely for 12 years now – the last 3 in my Tumbleweed Tiny House RV.

Yes, there are challenges to permanent remote work. Communication with the boss can be a problem, especially if your boss is not a good delegator on the best of days. If you work as part of a project team, you may find yourself serving as the communication hub, whether or not that’s your job. If you need specialized equipment, like a high-speed printer or a large-format plotter, you may need to use outside services like FedEx Office or their local competitors.

But the advantages! Your kitchen is right there, along with your favorite chair, for break time. You have full control of the coffee machine—no one else can take the last cup and not make more. You can run an errand and not even have to tell anyone you’re out, much less explain your absence. Freedom from micromanaging is instantly addictive.

I spent my first 9 years of telecommuting in a 2-bedroom condo. The second bedroom was my office. The only part of the room I really used for work was the computer desk. The rest of the room had my guest bed and storage for the mountains of stuff that naturally accumulate in such a space.

Stuff accumulates in a tiny house too, and the office is no exception. I had planned to clean my office to a pristine, sparkling state for these photos. Then I remembered how much I hate those tiny house photos of spare, perfectly staged spaces with lots of healthy house plants (please!). I really work in this office, and it looks like it. The random stacks of paper stay; my computer stays on the cardboard box I use to boost the monitor to a comfortable height. My plastic utility drawers will stay bulging with small items carelessly stuffed into them. This is life in a tiny house office, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Some things to think about when planning to work in your tiny office:

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