Where do I put my ‘still clean’ clothes after undressing at night?

I used to be in the habit of draping them over a chair, throwing them on the floor, hanging them on a door knob or casting them on any available surface in the bedroom.

Over time, the piles of ‘still clean’ clothes grew and it was difficult to distinguish the still clean from dirty clothes. Eventually I’d have to wash all the mixed up clothes because I couldn’t be sure which were dirty.

This involved a momentus event (usually Saturdays) when I TIDIED THE HOUSE.

Darks churned in the washing machine; whites awaited their turn. Hand wash only were rubbed and carefully rinsed; drying clothes bowed down the washing line and wrapped radiators, hogging the warmth.

I realised that my reluctance to make decisions about clothes was increasing my domestic labour because I had a washing mountain to deal with each week. Decision making is integral to decluttering and intentional living because the longer we put off decision making, the higher the piles of clutter.

This is what I do now:

  • Put all underwear and tee shirts/vest tops in the laudry basket
  • Hang jeans, jumper or top on coat hangers if not dirty, and put them in the wardrobe.

I worried this might cause odours but it doesn’t seem to. There are products that absorb odours, such as bicarbonate of soda or baking powder, that are great for keeping in the wardrobe. The only exeption to this is sports wear, which I wash each time I wear it.

If you’ve already decluttered your home, knowing where to put your clothes each night reduces visual distraction, dust build-up and and encourages relaxation. It also reduces time spent taming the mammoth laudry mountain.

And I continue to reduce the amount of clothing I own, which creates lots of valuable wardbrobe space.

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