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The Tiny, The Witch and Her Wardrobe

Some say the eyes are the window to the soul. Fashionistas say the closet tells it all. I’m not sure exactly what my closet has to say about me but it’s about to start talking. And it’s probably got a few dirty little secrets.  So let’s keep this between you, me and the internet. OK?

Many people have asked me how the heck I have enough room in my tiny home to store all the clothes I need. I honestly wasn’t sure exactly what I had so I took an inventory of my clothes. Listed below is all the clothing I own. I don’t have any clothes stored in an offsite closet or secret location. This is it. Window open, clothes everywhere…

Shoes

  • 3 pairs of flip flops
  • 1 pair of Tevas
  • 1 pair of hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of running shoes
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of black high heeled boots
  • 1 pair of black low heeled boots
  • 1 pair of black high heels.

Dresses

  • 1 dressy/fancy

Unmentionables/PJs/Swimwear

  • Underwear: Enough for 2 weeks
  • Socks: 10 pair
  • Pajamas: 2 sets
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 beach cover up

Jackets/Cold Weather Gear

  • 1 windbreaker
  • 1 winter coat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 warm hat

Bottoms

  • Shorts: 6
  • Long pants: 5
  • Skirts: 5

Tops

  • Sleeveless/Tank tops: 5
  • Short sleeve shirts: 15
  • Long sleeve shirts: 6
  • Cardigans: 2
  • Pullovers/sweaters/fleeces: 10

Sweats/Workout Clothes

  • Sweatpants: 2
  • Shorts: 2
  • Shirts: 2

Accessories

  • Hats: 2
  • Scarves: 1
  • Survivor style BUFF: 1 (because I’m a dork)
  • 1 small black daily carry backpack
  • 1 regular size backpack for when I carry my laptop or need to tote around something larger

Pulling everything out and taking inventory makes me realize I could still pare down more. When we had our house I had two closets and a dresser full of clothes/shoes/bags, most of which I never wore.  Now my closet is full of clothes I actually wear. Well, most of it. So how did I pare down to what I have now and find a way to work with it?

Being honest with myself – I asked myself a few questions about each clothing item.  Does it fit?  Does it look good on me? Do I wear it more than a couple of times a year?  If the answer was no to any of these, out it went.  I had so many things in my closet I didn’t love and didn’t wear, but kept only because I’d paid good money for it and felt bad about getting rid of it.  I was also surprised how many things I had been holding onto in hopes that it would fit me again one day.  But let’s be honest, those acid washed jeans from the 80s ain’t gonna look good on me no matter how thin I am.

Create a Capsule WardrobeCapsule wardrobes are where you pick a small, versatile group of items that you can mix and match to work together to create your wardrobe.  Some people pick a certain number of items or use the capsule wardrobe for a few months or a season then switch items out.  I used the concepts but tailored it to fit my lifestyle. My capsule wardrobe contains all my clothes, and I didn’t pick a random number of items.  I went with what I thought I’d wear and what fit in my storage space.

Adhere to the one-in-one-out rule – I’ve got limited space for clothing storage so I can’t just go out and buy stuff.  If I find a new shirt I just can’t live without I’ll buy it, bring it home and decide which of the shirts in my closet will be heading out the door to make room for the new one. If I’m feeling like a minimalist go-getter I get rid of two things when I bring home one.

Follow the nice weather – We try to stay in more temperate climates year round so I don’t have lots in the way of bulky sweaters, boots or jackets like I did when we lived in New England.

Smart Storage – I figured out the space I had and worked with it.  Here’s some pictures of how and where I keep my clothes.

My dress, skirts, windbreaker, shirts and cardigans hang in my closet. My underwear, socks, hats, scarves and gloves are all stored in bins on the top closet shelf. For size reference the closet is 16 inches wide.

 

The closet is deep so I store my boots, hiking shoes, running shoes and high heels on shelves in the back.

 

The shoes I wear most frequently are stored in one of the black storage ottomans. The other one holds Brendan’s shoes. BONUS: These ottomans can also be used as extra seating when people come to visit.

 

I keep my workout clothes, bathing suit stuff, pajamas, shorts and long pants in my overhead cabinet.

 

I store my  winter jacket, pullovers, sweaters and fleeces in the bins on the top shelf of the floor cabinet. The bottom shelf is our pantry and liquor cabinet so these guys are in good company.

 

So the cat, err, clothes are out of the bag. I still think there’s room for improvement.  Minimalism and tiny living are always a work in progress. And as I put everything back in the closet after taking inventory I may just find one or two more things that I don’t really need. I’m hoping it will be that winter jacket…



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