How to Find Dual Uses for Common Kitchen Items in Your Tiny Home

There are so many amazing benefits to having a tiny home. Unfortunately, having a giant kitchen isn’t one of those benefits! If you are looking forward to winter cooking and baking, and want to use your tiny home, you’re going to need to think outside of the box. There’s simply not enough storage. How can you make sure the items in your tiny kitchen have dual purposes?


When it comes to cleaning, making sure that you have products which will clean a lot of different surfaces is essential. You can’t have fifteen different products for different types of ceramic and glass! Limit those products by having old standards. This means looking at the products used in years past. Vinegar and lemon juice have been used for many different surfaces, and have antibiotic properties. Baking soda is excellent for scrubbing!

Pest Control

The sweetness of apple cider vinegar can attract and trap flies. To make a small  gnat catcher, you can use a paper folded into a funnel shape taped to a small jar to block escape of the gnats from the jar. Place a teaspoon of dishwashing soap and a little water into the bottom of the jar. Your gnats should be attracted into the funnel and then not be able to escape.

Dual Use Appliances

Your appliances need to be both space conscious and need conscious. For example, a large indoor grill, panini press and other specialty implements can usually be replaced by a great nonstick frying pan. An Instant Pot or other pressure cooker can also be used as a slow cooker, a rice cooker, and, in some instances, as an air fryer/convection oven! Again, consider what your grandparents would need. If you bake and need a large blender, make sure it has a dough hook and options for additions like noodle presses. Likewise, that large bowl is useful in any instance of needing a large bowl! Many household items do not need duplicates if you think ahead carefully and find space saving options.

Look at the things which have multiple uses, like silicone spoons and a great knife which can do many things. Remember only the fanciest kitchens in decades past had specialty knives for varying things, and precision tools for every item. Why use more when a sturdy wooden spoon will do? It’s part of your goal to be self-sufficient!

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