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


  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.

    • I use the spray bottle also, just plain water, but I also use a 9 inch fan. It dries quickly and that airflow helps release those wrinkles. If outdoor space permits, nothing better than a clothesline and a breeze.

  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:https://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.

  7. I haven’t used an iron in decades except when I’m sewing & need to press seams. Hang up or don’t buy is my motto

  8. We just hang ours in the bathroom area while we shower. While this process doesn’t give a perfectly pressed look, it IS a much less wrinkled look!

  9. One big space I will definitely need in my tiny home will be a wardrobe for clothes. I love to stay in style and look presentable a large portion of the time I’m out. Yes I feel like clothes define me as a person but at the same time, I tend to donate and clear out every year shirts and old stuff that I dont wear much (EVERY YEAR). Dont get me wrong, I shop for bargain’s and I usually only shop for shirts, dress shirts, sweaters etc. Pants, gym clothes, socks, and shoes all tend to be long term items I can wear for many years to come because I take care of them without having to constantly replace them every year.

  10. Hang your clothes as soon as the wash is done, on a collapsible clothes dryer. If you have time, gently smooth the seams by tugging on both opposite sides, and line the seams up with the top bar or rung…this leaves no rack or bar marks. If you adjust each piece slightly when you check during the drying process, you can avoid nearly all marks and greatly minimize wrinkles. If your clothes feel stiff, you are adding too much detergent or not getting it all out; then you may add a small amount of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Give your towel a good shake before hanging it and it will make a difference in the feel after drying.

  11. Love, love, love clothes dried outside on the line, my “solar” clothes dryer. Works summer, spring, winter and fall. When all else fails just install a retractable line inside. If you don’t want to be tied to paying others to do for you, think about a washboard, tub & wringer; easy to store in a shed or outbuilding, no electricity used or needed so you can use it anywhere, inside or out. This is “Prepper” stuff as well but what are ya gonna do if and when the power goes out?

    As for ironing, there are plenty of fold down boards available that just tuck into or onto a wall, or just build one. Careful ironing not only on wood furniture (the worst place) but laminated counter tops as well since the heat will soften and possibly release the glue used to attach the laminate to its substrate. Folded towels work fine for one or two items, just make sure you don’t over heat what’s under it.

    Lehmans is overpriced IMO, but great ideas. I find everything they sell generally 10-20% cheaper elsewhere on-line. Lot to be learned from the Amish community(s) like the one where they’re located.

    Also unrelated but there are some amazing composting toilets available that have become popular with the RV community that are easily adapted to in-doors, and a lot more comfy than a rim on a bucket. No odor whatsoever, and not load whatsoever on sewer or septic.

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