How To Completely Simplify your Wardrobe Right Now.

I'm Alex Pino from Tiny House Talk and on this blog post I'm going to show you how to simplify your wardrobe right now, if you want to. It's up to you whether you commit to doing it or not, but this is a super easy way to do it which has worked for me and a bunch of other people I know. On April 14-15, 2012, I'll be a guest speaker at Tumbleweed's tiny house workshop with Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen and I'll be sharing more tips on simplifying there.

Step 1: Find Your Outcome

What do you want your wardrobe to be like? If you're like me, you crave a closet that is super simple and only contains what you absolutely love and want to use. So let's make it happen! Visualize that picture in your mind of YOUR closet... Simplified. With only the clothes that makes you happy and feels comfy.

Step 2: Gather Favorites

I'm going to make this super easy for you. All you have to do to find your favorite clothes is get ALL of your laundry done. Be sure it's empty and that all of your clothes are put away completely. Do it today. Right now, if you can. Come on, if you're home.. go get that laundry done. For the next 3-4 days whatever lands in your laundry basket are your favorites. These are the clothes you want to be sure to keep. The rest, is questionable and needs to be piled in categories.

Step 3: Create Keep/Give/Sell Piles

Alright so you've got your favorites safely kept away. This should only be 3-4 days worth of clothes. The rest is just too much! If you're in a tiny house, you don't need THAT much clothes! Now set up three piles.

Keep Pile

Seasonal clothing goes in your keep file along with whatever else you might need on occasion. This might not be everyday clothes, but ones that you'd miss if you got rid of because you NEED them. You're probably going to run into lots of sentimental clothing items that you DON'T NEED. If you want, keep them in storage. But another option is to “digitalize” them by taking a photo you can keep and then emailing it to yourself and keeping it in your email archive. This way you can look at it whenever/wherever.

Give Pile

Your give pile is for clothes that's pretty worn and of pretty low value. You can also use the give pile if you don't want to spend that much time doing this because selling your clothes for money takes a little bit of extra effort. You can take this pile to a church, Salvation Army, and a number of other places, neighborhoods, family members, friends in need, and organizations that help.

Sell Pile

Alternatively you can sell your slightly used clothing in a number of ways. You can have a garage/yard sale or you can list your clothing one by one on eBay to get a few dollars for each item. You can also drop your clothes off at a resale/consignment shop specifically for pre-owned clothes.

Step 4: Take Action and Finish!

Now that you've got your piles you're ready to begin taking action. Store the clothes that you're keeping and begin to process your give and sell piles until you've finished. If you have a lot of clothes to shed off, simply pace yourself. Some people need a month or two because they have so much while others can do it all in a weekend. If you want to join us in Miami for the April 14-15, 2012 tiny house workshop click here to register and I'll look forward to seeing you there. If you want to learn more about me, you can visit my about page on Tiny House Talk, where I've been blogging about tiny houses, simple living, and achieving more freedom since 2009.

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Alex Pino is an authorized Tumbleweed Tiny House affiliate. He blogs about tiny houses and minimalism at Tiny House Talk. He will speak at our upcoming Miami workshop. Get your tickets here.

Written by Alex Pino — April 06, 2012

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Kendall Ronzano on TEDxYouth

Watch Kendall at TEDx explain her belief in the power of ideas. Honestly, I think you'll be really impressed with her drive, creativity and ingenuity. Check out her site and the Lusby tiny house plans.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 06, 2012

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Wondering if you should attend a Tumbleweed Workshop?

Have you been wondering if going to a Tumbleweed Tiny House Building Workshop is beneficial for you? Well, check out this video from one of our satisfied attendees. We've discovered that many of our customers who've built their own Tumbleweed house finally took the leap after attending a workshop. Watch the video and then check out our current workshop list here.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 06, 2012

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The Virtual Tumbleweed Contest

I have been really enjoying the Pinterest boards that so many of you have sent my way. You fine, Tumbleweed lovin' folk are a pretty creative lot! Now's your chance to really show off your virtual Tumbleweeds. Enter your Pinterest board in our Virtual Tumbleweed Contest. Here's how to enter:

  1. Start a board on Pinterest with 'Tumbleweed' in the title.
  2. Grab an image from our website of your favorite Tumbleweed model.
  3. Add as many images as you like to express your idea of the perfect Tumbleweed. Click on above image to see a Pinboard for some ideas.
  4. Once you've started a board, leave a comment on this post with a link to the board.
We'll be accepting admissions starting today through Monday, April 9th, 2012. On Wednesday, April 11th, we'll post the top 10 boards and let the our readers decide who has built the best virtual Tumbleweed. The winner will be announced on Friday April 13th, 2012.
Now for the good stuff: the prize package! The winner will receive an autographed copy of the Small House Book, a copy of the DIY book, a set of Popomo & Zinn plans and our limited edition Hollyhock poster. Sweet! I look forward to seeing what you come up with. If you can imagine yourself in a Tumbleweed, you are halfway there.


Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 06, 2012

Filed under: See a tiny house  

Sneak Peek into a Tumbleweed Workshop!

For those of you who haven't attended a Tumbleweed Workshop yet, we have a sneak peek for you! We captured a couple of presentations given by our amazing workshop hosts in Seattle, Dee Williams and Derek "Deek" Diedricksen.

Dee shared her expertise on how to build a sturdy tiny house for any type of weather. Dee built her tiny house in the Pacific Northwest and is currently helping with the build of a Tumbleweed in Hawaii so she understands how to build for various climates. Deek shared his knowledge of money saving tips in building tiny houses. He has saved thousands of dollars in the building process of several Tumbleweed Tiny Houses.

There is so much to learn at a Tumbleweed workshop. Find one in your area!

Take a peek...

Written by Bridget Thornton — April 06, 2012

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