In this series, I’ve been sharing how we downsized from a 2000 square foot house to a 300 square foot house in preparation for moving to our current 900 square foot house. Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to go forward.
Let’s move on to the laundry room, shall we? This area was rather easy to downsize to. But, because the washer and dryer were located in the same big small open space as the living room/kitchen/dining room/music room, I wanted to minimize visual clutter as much as possible. I splurged on those 3-in-1 laundry pods (and that was a splurge since before I had been making my own laundry detergent for pennies a load!) There was a wire shelf above the washer and dryer, and I was able to use baskets to store my laundry supplies and cleaning supplies out of sight. We also stored our medical kit on this shelf. The dirty laundry, however, was kept in a basket in our gigantic shower. There was just no room for a laundry hamper anywhere.
Remember when I said we carpeted our living room wall-to-wall in the tiny house by laying down an 8×10 rug? Yeah, that rug ran almost all the way up to our kitchen cabinets and DID run under the front door, so our living room was probably 6×8. We put in 2 small recliner chairs and our electric piano. We had 16 inches left in a corner to put a small square patio table that held our printer on top, and a basket for piano books underneath. After hanging a picture over the piano, and setting a lamp on the piano, that room was decorated!
Our 2 seat dining table did triple duty as a microwave cart and trash can storage too. My son was especially excited about the fact that we only had 2 trach bins, one in the kitchen and one in the bath. He was NOT as excited about having to take the trash out daily, but really, the dumpster was only about 100 feet away from our front door! (I really emphasized that house chores will be SO EASY when selling my kids on the idea of living in a tiny house!) Speaking of house chores, you do not need a mop in such a tiny space! We had a Shark vacuum that did the sweeping, vacuuming, and baseboard cleaning. We stored it in our closet behind the clothes. Later, we did decide to get a Shark steam mop; but for a couple of months, I just cleaned the floors by wiping them down with glass cleaner on my hands and knees – it took 10 minutes tops. (I really want to go on and on about how much I love my Shark vacuum and steam mop, but I think I’ll wait until the Shark people decide to make me their product ambassador; plus, this post is about decluttering and downsizing!) Even though our dining table only seated 2, that was not a problem because we ate most of our meals outside at our patio table.
Now on to clothes. I mentioned previously that the kids’ room had 2 linear feet of closet space, and our “spacious walk-in closet” gave us 4 feet (walk-in referring to the fact that there were no doors on these closets!) However, even though we like to wear nice clothes, this was one area of our life that we had already minimized, so I just basically brought ALL our summer/fall clothes, and just packed away the winter clothes into storage. Instead of putting our undergarments in a dresser, we each had a rolling bin that slid under the beds (similar to this), and I folded our clothes Marie Kondo style. I also stored the kids’ swim towels in the underbed bin, next to their swimming suits. The system worked great, but it did make me very thankful when I was able to acquire a new dresser in our new house!
The only other things we took to our tiny house were some sports equipment, which we stored outside in a large metal box. We were very fortunate to be in an area where the kids could ride their bikes, write on the sidewalks with chalk, and go fishing in a nearby pond. They really had a great time outside that summer (honestly, what else are you going to do if you have no cable or internet available?!)
Next time, I’ll share some strategies we practiced to facilitate Tiny House Living.