A while back I switched to a what effectively is a uniform, I don’t like the connotation that brings, but essentially I wear the same thing everyday. Each day I reach into my dresser and pull out a gray shirt, a white undershirt, socks and underwear; all of which are standardized.
I didn’t start out doing this for this reason, but since starting a lot of articles came out about how people are switching to simplified wardrobes. Notably some people who are constantly in the spotlight and you’d think would be concerned about being seen in the same thing. Below are Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, and Steve Jobs.
The main reason why people opt for a simplified wardrobe is because it’s one less decision they have to make. There is a well known phenomena called Decision Fatigue
Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making.
It may seem silly that people don’t pick out their clothes, but when you have to make a lot of big decisions in a day, each decision you make, reduces your ability to make good choices. Also if you’re worried about the clothes you are wearing it can distract you.
All this is to say, figure out what your wardrobe needs to do for you. Here is the video of my wardrobe.
One thing I talk about a lot is taking care to design your storage in your tiny house very carefully. Making your storage work for you is very important because in such a small space, to not have an ideal setup for you can make things tough.
My initial drawing of my closet plan.
When I first approached designing my main closet, I knew that I’d be storing mainly clothing, a few containers of office items and toiletry items. So with this in mind I knew that the bulk of the space should be dedicated to clothes. Not only should it be dedicated to clothes, but designed to suit the way I store my clothes.
I have written about my dislike for clothes in general, obviously I need something to wear, but trends, fashions and shopping is something I could do without. For me I don’t like anything that needs to be hung. I basically have one jacket, one suit, and one button down dress shirt. I measured how much this takes up and it only needed 4 inches of hanging rod, I added 2 inches for good measure and that’s all I dedicated to hanging items. I much prefer to have things stacked or piled if it won’t wrinkle too bad. So for that me that meant drawers.
I needed one drawer for socks and underwear, one drawer for shirts, one drawer for pants and shorts and another for other miscellaneous items. I then needed a single drawer that was over sized for my dirty laundry until laundry day. This totaled 5 drawers in total, with one being much larger than the others.
So here is a video which in the beginning shows of my closet space in its raw form.
From there I built the outside walls and the main interior wall out of 3/4″ birch ply. Right now its in a raw form, I will later face it out with 1×2 trim parts. After that I decided to take a crack at building the drawers. This was also the most technical part of the closet because I wanted to make the drawers from scratch and to do that I wanted to use a technique called dove tail joints. The exterior of the drawer unit was made of more birch ply, but the drawers themselves were made of poplar. I should note, I am brand new at this stuff, I’ve never done it before, so its certainly not perfect; I just call the mistakes “charm”.
Here you can see the outside of the main drawer bank. I used dados that would later become the drawer slides. I opted for a wooden style drawer slide because I really liked the look compared to what it would look like with the metal slides. Also quality drawer slides are very expensive, so all around I’m happy with my choice.
One thing to note is you’ll see on the top I used pocket screws made with a kreg jig (these are amazing, get them here), I opted to put these on the top side because I’m going to put a top piece of wood that will cover the holes completely.
You can see the dado cuts on the inside for the drawer slides
Better view of dados
Top pocket screw holes will later be hidden by another piece of wood.
Next I tried my hand at making dove tails. Technically I used “half blind” dovetails. The jig I used was a dove tail jig from porter cable, which you can find by clicking here. This jig made it pretty easy and was great for this project.
Routing the dovetails in my jig
The finished joint, I love the contrast.
Next up I cut the drawer bottoms, which I was going to seat in a internal dado of the drawer box, but then I decided to do the drawer slides like this. So I made the drawer bottoms 1/4″ too big on each slide and they nested in the 3/8″ dados really well. After tacking it all together, I dropped it in the dresser and then mounted the drawer pulls. Here is the final drawers. The gaps are not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with them none the less.
Just a quick post today, I found this neat trick today and liked the space saving and reuse of things. Use a soda can tab to double stack your hanging clothes and save a bunch of space. This would also be good to pair outfits, like a shirt and pants for business dress.