Today I am starting a new monthly series all about day-to-day life in a tiny house. I get a lot of questions about what it’s like to actually live here in my tiny house…so at least once a month I am going to cover some topic about daily life that you guys have asked about either in the comments, via e-mail or in one of the surveys I sent out.
Of course I was feeling a little bit creative when I started this series, so I am going to do something a little different…
Meet Monkey! Monkey is my little pal that has been with me every step of the way. Mostly I wanted to include him on my blog more because he makes me smile…and tiny living is all about spending more time relaxing and enjoying life!
Any time you see a post with Monkey, you will know that it is all about day-to-day living in a tiny house. So without future ado, here is Monkey explaining laundry!
I’m Monkey, I love my new tiny house, but I am always busy around here! One of the biggest adjustments in my smaller home is the amount of time it takes to do laundry. I am lucky because I have a combo washer and dryer that works really well, but it is SLOW! Our model is an Edgestar. It was one of our must haves before we moved, and overall I like it, but it has taken some time to get used to it. Overall laundry hasn’t been too tough in here, but if we had a big family it would be a challenge because of the time involved to wash one load.
It takes me about an hour to wash and almost three hours to dry a load, so I usually try to do laundry in the evening while I am reading or watching TV. I think if we had gotten a combo washer/dryer that had a vent it probably would be a little faster, at least that’s what I’ve read online. One of the ways to get around this is to hang the laundry to dry outside. This saves time and energy, which is great!
The only other thing that took some getting used to was the spin cycle! Our dyer spins at 1200 rpm, so when it’s going full speed the house can get a little bit wobbly. I have to say Rocket was not a fan when we first started doing laundry here. He wasn’t sure what to think about the moving and the shaking. But we got used to it pretty quickly and now it’s kind of soothing.
When we travel on the weekends to see family and friends, we take our laundry with us. We sort of just pretend we are back in college! So far everyone has been quite accommodating. We are also lucky because the RV park where we live has a free washer and dryer we can use part of the time. The only challenge with that is finding a time when it’s empty. I have heard that most RV parks charge for laundry, so that would certainly be an added expense if we were parked somewhere else.
To keep the laundry neat we store the detergent right next to the laundry on the counter and the dryer sheets under the sink. That way they are close by, of course everything is close by in a tiny house! The dirty laundry goes in a nice wicker basket that we keep in the loft. That way it’s out of the way when guests drop by and easy to move around the house. We usually fold the laundry on the flip-up table, which is really convenient because it isn’t too far away from the washer and dryer. If we have to iron we use a small fold up ironing board that we store in the closet.
It was great chatting with you guys…I will see you soon!
Monkey would love to hear your everyday questions…post a comment below and say hi or ask a question! We will post more soon.