I listed some of my downsizing tips in my armoire post, but I note that I am still downsizing on a daily basis. I think I am hoarding clothing a bit. While I realize that I no longer work in an office, I am reluctant to remove my office clothes from my collection. Additionally, I have a hard time purging fancy dresses. I got rid of my prom dress, bridesmaid dresses, but do not wish to give away my pretty dancing dresses. I kind of hang my head in shame here.
So, I acquired a small clothing rack for the things that don’t fit in my armoire. I have come to the determination that I hate it because it takes up so much darn room (it’s 2 feet wide and 4 feet long).
The other clothing issue I run into, I really enjoy playing dress up. I participate in medieval re-enactment, and I am also a belly dancer. This leads to a bit of a conflict of interest when downsizing my clothing (25 yard skirts take up a lot of room). So I have been coming up with inventive ways to hang some of my accessories [right]. I took a strip of fancy ribbon and tacked it to the wall with a flower shaped upholstery tack.
I have a hope chest that my grandfather made and gave to me when I was 14, which is currently in a storage shed. I have not put it in The Fortune Cookie yet because I was still arranging items around to make room for it and I cannot lift it by myself. I am of the mind that it is time it came in here. I am bartering some hair goods with a friend to make me a fancy cushion for the hope chest. This will make it multi-functional and give me a place to store my random synthetic hair, crafting supplies, clothing and jewelry. I just need to sucker someone into helping me carry the hope chest over here.
So to answer Hazel, I’m still working on downsizing my items. I find clothing the hardest to get rid of, as much of it was expensive, handmade and really hard for me to part with. I have made a rule that if I buy something, I have to make another item leave. Which works to a certain extent, but not always. I think living in a small space has mostly had a huge impact on how I buy. I do not have room for anything ‘extra’.
I was advised by a number of people that I could buy Rubbermaid totes and store them under my house. I thought about this, thinking it was an awesome idea. I also realized that taking up that practice, might influence my shopping or purging practices. Thus far, I have elected not to do that.
The other thing I seem to notice that other Tiny House owners do not cover is where they keep their dirty laundry. I do not live in a magical world where my small space really allows me to hide my laundry basket, or dirty clothing. Mine is in a pretty wicker basket with a lid, right next to my armoire. I store my laundry bag inside the wicker basket and use that to carry my laundry back and forth when I take my laundry to be laundered elsewhere. Now, prior to living in such a small house, I had a closet I could hide most things in. Not anymore. I also (I hate to say) used to be horrible about putting my clean laundry away. However, ever since living in such a small space, I am excellent about doing my laundry and putting it away. If you lapse on this, it takes way too much of your house.
I think you end up finding out what you can and cannot live with pretty quickly. There are a number of smaller items that I thought I could not live without, and found out that it took up too much space. I came to determine having the open space was more valuable than the item. As I am writing this, I realize that I need to go through my clothing again. That is a task for this week. My goal is to make everything fit in my armoire. Wish me luck!