Susan Walko is a professional organizer who stays up at night dreaming of the best way to help others live an organized life. In her blog posts, she tries to stay short and sweet, but don't let that fool you. She has a depth of knowledge that has helped many on their path to downsizing to a clutter free existence. Check her out at www.organiz-er.com.
Monday, August 26, 2019
Are Worn Clothes Dirty?
We’ve all been
there.You wear a shirt or a pair of
shorts once, but the garment isn’t dirty.It might not be fresh, but it doesn’t need to be washed yet. If you put
it back in the closet or drawer, you risk getting your clean clothes smelly and
dirty. While these clothing items might not smell the best after a wear or two,
washing them would be a waste of energy. I have a word for such clothes:
pre-laundry.Pre-laundry is the pair of
pants hanging on the unused treadmill, the sweater hanging off the back of a
chair, or that pair of socks on the floor that you barely wore the other day.While easy to grab, it’s easy to forget these
clothes for a while.They begin to creep
into our spaces and blur the line between dirty and clean as the mysterious
pile of clothing piles up.The question
is, what is one to do with this clothing in the purgatory between your closet
and your laundry basket?
I’m often asked about
the best strategies to manage slightly-worn clothes.To help, I recommend following these simple
1. Don't let clothes pile
up!Allow no more than 3 outfits of
varying kinds of clothing to accumulate. For example, having a pair of shorts
and pajamas out at the same time might make sense, but having multiple pairs of
jeans strewn about is just plain messy.Don’t have multiples of an article of clothing lying around!
2. Hang worn clothes on
a hanger and hang that off the end of another hanger (an empty hanger or one
with the ends exposed) in your closet so they are facing outward as opposed to
inside the closet where they could contaminate other clothes.This way, you can still quickly identify and
grab your pre-laundry clothing without having to take up more space or search
around for the spot you dropped off your shirt.For clothes that you may have only worn for a very short period of time,
like a suit or dress for church, you can create a separate section in your
3. Make a rule to wear
pre-laundry items NEXT. In other words, if you have a sweater that is half
dirty, think about wearing that one next instead of getting a clean half dirty
4. Take a good look
(or sniff) around once a week to see if you need to wash some of the clothes
you thought weren’t dirty enough earlier in the week.
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