Living Big, Small

Where do all the clothes go?

Six people in 300 sq ft. Six people’s clothes in two closets, four drawers, and two cabinets. Here’s how we do it. Also, we don’t store our off season clothes. Everything we own, clotheswise, is shown here. Except the dirty clothes, which I’ll discuss at a later date.

Two important things to note:

  1. We have far fewer clothes than most Americans. Everyone has enough clothes for at least 10 days (both warm and cool seasons). We do laundry once a week, usually every Friday.
  2. Our lifestyle doesn’t require super nice clothes. Everyone has one “dress” outfit, and we rarely need it. We’re totally ok with this.

First we have the big closet. This is where RC and I have most of our clothes. His are on the right, mine on the left. Basically, this is where we have our pants, jeans, and nicer shirts or tops. Also, the heavier coats are hung in the far left of the closet.

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We use the velvet hangers that cling to the clothes. We love them. They are very thin, but strong, and we never have to pick up clothes off the floor of the closet after a day of moving to a new campground. Also, I like how nice and coordinated they look. =)

One thing I do to help save space is to hang my pants and skirts doubled up. Two pants, or two skirts/dresses per hanger. This doesn’t include my “dress” outfit.

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The rest of my clothes are in an upper cabinet above the white t.v.. I use small boxes for my socks and underwear, and my t-shirts, shorts, pajamas, and workout clothes are folded and stacked. I simply hand-sewed some ribbon onto the striped box and then hung it from two Command hooks. My two belts also stay rolled up in this cabinet.

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R.C.’s clothes are in the two drawers to the left of the desk chair. (directly beneath my cabinet)

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The kid’s closet is in the bathroom. It has a hanging rod, a four-drawer wire basket, and an over-the-door shoe organizer. (but it doesn’t hold many shoes)

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The shoe organizer holds the kids’ socks and underwear. Each kid has four sections that holds 10 pairs of socks and 10 pairs of underwear. Caleb’s work shoes go at the bottom. Shoes are another matter entirely and will get their own post soon.

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Caleb and Joshua (the two oldest) hang most of their shirts and pants. Caleb also hangs his work uniform.

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Then, each kid has one drawer below the hanging clothes. This drawer holds their t-shirts and shorts.

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My dad bought me this wire basket my freshman year in college. Seriously worth the money!

Then, there are two drawers on the right side of the desk that hold the kids’ pajamas, and a few extra things like their bow ties. (We’re Doctor Who fans, what can I say?) Joshua and Caiah share one drawer and Isaac and Caleb share the other.

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Finally, the cabinet above the desk holds Isaac and Caiah’s pants, jeans, and long sleeved shirts, and Caleb and Josh’s long sleeved shirts.

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And that really is it, folks. If you need a reminder of what the bedroom and bathroom look like you can check out these links:

master bedroom

bathroom

If you want to try out the velvet hangers you can use this amazon link or check your local Ross or TJMaxx. That’s where I found mine.

Here is a wire basket unit similar to the one we use. I remember my dad paying around $100 for mine 18 years ago. It has held up really well through 12+ moves and has been extremely versatile in every home (and now in a R.V.).

So, have you found that you can live with far fewer clothes than you previously thought? Have you found creative ways to store those clothes?

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