When it comes to clothes and tiny houses, especially with the ladies, it can be a real challenge.
What are the basic needs? And how much should you have outside of that?
Like, how many pairs of jeans, shoes, pajamas, socks, undies, bras and so forth do you need in your tiny or small house?
Since we all live in different places and have different styles, preferences and needs I decided it would be best to get input from the community.
So let’s see what the ladies have to say and then I’ll leave you with some helpful questions you can ask yourself when purging your wardrobe. And the strategy I use when I can’t figure out what to do.
What the Ladies Have to Say on Wardrobes in Tiny Houses
Since I’m not a lady, and we’re all different, I decided I would turn to the community for answers. And here are just some of the responses we received.
…ah, shoes. Why I will never live in a Tiny House. *grin*
For some of us I guess there’s just no hope in living tiny! And that’s okay too.
Above is a photo of the clothes I have hanging in my closet. But let’s get back to what the ladies have to say about fitting their clothes into a tiny house:
I can live on two or three pairs of jeans. One pair of pajamas (or nothing at all!). Several pairs of shoes depending on weather and job(s). Two week’s worth of shirts (I work out and work with kids). I don’t “really” need as much as I have.
That sounds pretty doable, doesn’t it? And if you wanted you could even go with less as long as you’re okay with doing laundry more frequently.
My tiny house is currently my backpack, so here’s my very minimalist list of essentials:
1 dress – can be dressed up or casual
1 maxi skirt – can also be worn as strapless dress
2 leggings – first: thicker black/gray reversible that can be yoga pants, layer for warmth, or regular day-to-day pants; second: thinner black cropped pair for modesty under skirts, or sleeping
1 capri – workout pant that can be easily dressed up and worn day-to-day
1 running shorts – working outdoors, working out, sleeping, etc.
1 pair of jeans
1 long-sleeve tee – basic black
1 long blouse – breezy ¾ sleeve, can be used as cover up or top
1 sweater – black shrug, goes over everything
1 lightweight sweatshirt
1 tee shirt
6 tank tops – small items, good for layering, working out, sleeping, working outside, etc.
1 regular bra – multi-strap adjustable
2 sports bras
8 or 10 underwear
1 rain jacket
1 thin leather belt
3 Shoes – black Reef flip-flops, Mizuno trail runners, TOMS classics
If you can live out of a backpack, you can pretty much live in the tiniest of spaces. So if you can manage to fit most of your belongings in a sack, know that you’ll be good in a tiny house! Stating the obvious, I know..
I live off two pairs of jeans (one right now), one pair of yoga pants, and 1 pair of leggings & am not in a tiny home. Maybe I wear 5 tops on a regular basis & I have 3 pairs of shoes I actually wear. I sleep in a t-shirt for bed. Clothing storage space would be no issue for my family.
Now there’s a pretty basic example of a workable wardrobe that would easily fit in a small closet.
1 pair of jeans, 1 pair kakis, 3 yoga/capris pants several sun dresses and shorts ans t- shirts 1 pair of sneakers, 1pair of flip flop and crocks for the rain. I live in Florida so I don’t need a “real” winter coat just a jacket and hoodie
One way to do it in a warm climate. 🙂
two pair of jeans, two or three lightweight cotton skirts, five or six tops, two pair shoes and flipflops, underwear, one dressy pair of pants and blouse for weddings/funerals if needed, lightweight jacket, winter coat
Here’s the truth though:
I think it depends on alot of factors..stay at home…type of work clothing needed..same for activities..if your a girly girl…climate..everything…there cant be a standard across the board for all women…difficult to answer
What does your wardrobe look like? What would it look like if you only had what you use and like?
I live as tiny as I can in an estimated 300 square feet and I own around 8-10 pairs of jeans, 4 leggings, and about 40 dresses(year round) that can be dressed up or down. I seem to have an excessive amount of shirts, tops, jackets and undergarments, and own 22 pairs of shoes (hiking to casual, formal, winter/weather types)
How would you manage to take your current wardrobe and move into a tiny house? What would you have to pair down to? If you could only take your favorites, what would they be?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Simplifying Your Wardrobe
Finally I’ll leave you with a few helpful questions you can ask yourself if you’re wanting to get rid of some clothes.
1. Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
2. Does it fit how I like it to?
3. Is it comfortable to wear? Will I enjoy wearing it?
4. If I got rid of this along with at least 3 other garments, can I afford to buy something new that I would wear more?
5. If I had already gotten rid of this, would I even miss it or remember it?
6. Why do I still have this if I haven’t worn it in __?
7. If I invested in some new outfits, would it be easier to get rid of this excess clothes?
When I have found myself unsure about a t-shirt or a pair of shorts I’ll just put away in a box in my storage. Sometimes I completely forget about it. But sooner or later, I’ll go find it again and re-evaluate.
Sometimes I’ve ended up forgetting about a shirt but then realized I missed it. Other times I’ve been like, “why did I even put that away I don’t miss that at all.” Feel free to give that a try. It works for me.
So, again, how would your tiny house wardrobe look like? How much would you keep? Would it require an entire clothing makeover? Or would you just get rid of some clothes and be fine? Any favorite brands that help?