KnightoftheRoc wrote:OK, since you've done this, let me ask you- if you keep your preps out in the shed, what do you do if leaving the house isn't an option, say, the yard is full of zombies, and you've run out of ammo. How do you plan to get to the stash of extras out in the shed, without being eaten? Aside from the whole living like it's a pup tent thing, I don't see having a whole lot of anything inside the house with you as being much of an option- what can you do, create a tunnel network between outbuildings? If you're going to go that far, why not just have an underground house, and make it adult sized- that would give you the entire yard above you for gardening.
I don't prep for true Zombie invasion. If zombies besieged me in my home or RV, I'm eventually done for.
In my place I easily kept 6 to 8 weeks of food in my pantry and had cupboard space left over. Yes, 300 sq ft. It was an opened floor 5th wheel RV with an upgraded pantry option. The amount of stuff you can store when every bit of wall is cupboard or shelf is amazing. Now if I had a family, we wouldn't have lasted as long. But honestly, when it came to kitchen stuff, I noticed no difference when I moved from my 1100 sq ft apartment into the 300 sq ft space. Except I couldn't run the popcorn popper at the same time as the little electric fireplace. That was annoying. Also had space for lots of ammo, though I only kept a few thousand rounds total then. Most of it went under the daybed I built to fit in a little alcove. There were curtains across the alcove that could be closed so it could double as both couch and "guest room." I hosted quite a few people from around the world in there.
I had a lot of empty cupboards, but still not near the space to store the quantities of TP or paper towels that I'd like to. I really did need a good storage unit, and I didn't have one. Nor could I have stored a year's worth of food, or keep a full size freezer. Most of these things don't really require being inside my home though, no matter how big of a house I'm in.
Also, I am semi-homeless right now. I always have a roof over my head and a warm dry bed, but I don't truly have my own space, and 80% of my stuff is in storage. Having a tiny house is nowhere near homeless. It is all the home many people really need. I want to build my own tiny home some day. The biggest difference is I also want the workshop, storage space, and my own garden and fruit trees. The only things I missed after I moved into the tiny space was my woodshop, gardens and fruit trees. None of that was really relevant to the size of the space I was in. I missed those things just the same when I had a nice apartment all to myself in the middle of Seattle last summer. Though I admit to loving that apartment and I regret work taking me away from it.
What's wierd to me when staying in "normal" sized houses now, is how much more work they are to keep clean. They also waste tons of space. Whole walls are empty. Entire rooms sit unused, filled with furniture solely for the sake of filling them. I had a very similar conversation about this with my Uncle recently. The next day he calls me and admits that he realized after talking to me that he has a spare bedroom in the back of the house that he doesn't think he's entered in over a year. I have friends with Dining rooms they only use once or twice a year. Many homes have foyers the size of the room I'm in right now that are solely for appearance and to take your shoes off in. My parents are at the other end of the house right now watching a giant TV from 18 feet away. I used to have the same exact experience watching a computer screen a third the size from 7 feet away. 12 of the 18 feet to their TV is completely useless wasted space that they paid for and continue to pay to heat or cool yet never use except to look across at the TV.
Granted, if you're claustrophobic, NEVER get a tiny house unless it's sitting on a hill with lots of windows and an amazing view.
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