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Why I Have To Buy More To Live Tiny

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.

laundry-serviceSo 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

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7 Comments
  1. An ironing board isn’t necessary if you already have a table and a clean bath towel. I can remember my Mom, when I was a child, ironing on the floor, with a squishy towel – or on a coffee table, etc. An ironing board is ok – but it serves one purpose. A tea towel probably works as well also – although I’d make sure it’s a white one…just in case. Tea towels are cheap and you can hang it with you ‘good’ clothes so you know exactly where it is. There is also ‘wrinkle releaser’ you can buy…and honestly there’s probably a homemade version online that you can make with items you’d already have in the kitchen.

  2. I have used a similar ironing mat, and I have one small warning for you: don’t use it on surfaces that may be damaged by heat/steam. I wasn’t thinking and ironed with steam over top a wood table recently…the steam went right through and destroyed the finish in about two seconds flat!

    • Yikes! Even with a wood board as the center? Or is yours different?

  3. Try being a girl. It’s worse. More clothes to take care of.

  4. A lot of clothes have the wrinkles fall right out of them if you hang them up and spray with just plain water in a cheapie dollar store sprayer. Just lightly mist, don’t drench, and by the time they dry the wrinkles are gone. Not a perfectly smooth result but usually a definitely improvement. The other alternative is to use a steamer. Much faster and easier than ironing.

  5. I’m with you on the clothes conundrum. One thing we’ve decided is that clothes made from merino wool are a great option if you’re living in a tiny space and want a small wardrobe. They’re pricier, for sure, but we’ve found them very well worth it. We talked about our merino wool options recently here if you’re interested:http://simplelifetogether.com/slt-035-living-in-50-square-feetvacation-simplified/.

    Love the site! It’s always great to read about people simplifying their life!

  6. I use lg. bath towel tripled on any firm surface . could be the cut, bd. or formica type table.

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