It seems counter intuitive, but for me to live tiny I have to buy more stuff! One of the things that I am not having in my tiny house is a laundry. Despite trying to work it out, there just wasn’t a great place to put it, even if I got one of the washer and dryer in one machines, there wasn’t a great space to tuck it away.
So this leaves me with having to look for options outside the tiny house, namely laundry mats, friends places or a service. I have decided my splurge is going to be having a laundry service come pick up the clothes, wash fold, then bring back to me. I decided this because of one truth I know about myself. I loath folding laundry and I’m terrible at it. It’s not that I can’t do it, but frankly at this point in my life, its worth the money to have someone else do it.
This leads to my predicament. Clothes. I don’t find enjoyment the act of shopping and clothes, while necessary, as long as they suit my life well, I could care less about them. This has lead me to just not have a lot of them.
Currently in my wardrobe I have:
- 2 pairs of pants
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 1 belt – reversible
- 7 shirts
- 20 pair of underwear and socks
- 1 polo shirt
- 1 button down shirt
- 1 pair of dress pants
- 1 jacket
- 1 pair of flannel sleep pants
- Shoes: 1 black dress, 1 sneakers, 1 hiking boots, 1 crocs
So while my clothes are off at the launder I need to have something to wear and this means buying more clothes; which I don’t like doing. So I have decided I’m going to pick up another pair of shorts, a pair of pants and 3 more T-shirts and another pair of sleep pants; at least to start, we’ll see how this works and go from there.
I am also making decisions around my closet to meet these needs. I will only have three things to hang: dress shirt, jacket and dress pants, I figure I’ll allow a little extra room in case I want to hang more, but still, keeping it small. I am also going to locate the hanging rod at the least accessible space in the closet because I don’t use these things but a few times a year. The rest will all be shelves and for the socks and underwear I’ll have them in little bins on shelves.
Another thing that I am making considerations on is how to handle wrinkles in clothes, because right now I’d just throw a shirt in the dryer if it got really really wrinkled, but I won’t have one anymore. So I need an ironing board and a something I can iron on. I was thinking of making one of these DIY direction here