Downsizing to 1/3 of the space you are used to takes some adjusting. One of my favorite things in my house was my appliances. I loved to make the most use of them that I could. But what about appliances for small spaces? My regular size washer wouldn’t fit (and I am not a laundry mat going person!), my kitchen appliances wouldn’t fit and were packed away…what do I use in here? Here are some of my favorite appliances for small spaces.
Yes, this is a washer and dryer all in one! I was worried that it wouldn’t be very efficient and yes, it is quite a bit smaller than a normal washer, but it gets clothes clean and dries them well also. I did have room in my space for both a compact washer and dryer (separate) but ended up going with this washer and dryer all in one to have the extra space for our laundry basket and cleaning supplies in the laundry area. It’s hard to describe how much it holds but we have to do laundry every other day. (For 3 of us)
I actually have a very nice oven in my camper that works well, however when we lived in a camper before I did not have an oven and instead bought a large toaster oven to sit in it’s place. It’s an excellent replacement and if you get one large enough to fit a 9×13 pan. You can even bake bread in them!
Let me tell you, when you have no counter space for much baking or cooking, it’s a very good thing to be able to make a one pot meal! I love my slow cooker because it can sit on a small corner of my countertop, still leaving room to do other things, and I can pour all the ingredients to a meal right in there…no extra dirtying of dishes. I know we will enjoy it in the summer too as a small space heats up much faster than a larger one so the slow cooker will save us some air conditioning.
No room for a regular blender to sit on my countertop but I still love smoothies and I make them happen with my Magic Bullet. The extra nice thing about the Bullet is that the container that you make the smoothie or drink in you can also use as your cup..one less dish to clean!
One of my major concerns about living in such a small space was the air quality. Our whole family has allergies and will be unable to open windows in the summer and in the winter we need to make sure that our air is clean so sickness doesn’t run rampant in our small space. I ended up with a very nice air purifier that not only filters bacteria, virus, pollen, and dust, but also chemicals and harmful gasses. Since our camper was new when we moved in, it was wreaking of “new” smells for the first couple weeks. After I placed our air purifier in the camper, the smells (and I’m assuming the chemical gasses) were gone within 48 hours. I highly recommend this appliance above all others for a small space.
We don’t have many appliances here but those are the best of the ones that we do have. Each and every thing that goes into our home takes careful consideration of whether it’s really needed, where it’s going to go, and what it’s purpose is. A much different mindset than living in a McMansion!
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What do you think of these appliances for small spaces? Do you have any of them? Which one would you deem most important?