Controlling the Clothing

Controlling the Clothing

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Janel Laban
Feb 12, 2007

The overwhelming response to our survey last week about the problems in keeping bedrooms in order was "continuous clothes pile-ups". We've been there, but have been feeling good about keeping things under control thanks to two very simple things that we really stick to.

We're sure you have heard both before; they are not unique or complicated, but in our experience they work. Neither costs a dime but they make a huge difference...

1. We just had too much in our closets and drawers, making it unfun and inconvienient to put things away where they belong. Not surprisingly, clearing out in a BIG way was key. Just about a year ago, lots of stuff went to the White Elephant, we let it go and haven't missed a single thing. What "they" say is true, if you haven't worn it for a while, you probably won't wear it again.

We're not saying it was easy to let go of all of it, but we don't regret it. Since having an uncrowded closet and drawers, we find that we don't want to junk them up again, and have been extra choosy while shopping. That's been an unexpected bonus for our budget.

2. We are zero tolerance with ourselves when it comes to laundry time. This started years ago, when we became parents. Kids add lots to the laundry basket so you need to stay on top of things.

It's simple, we just make no exceptions: If it needs to be washed it goes right into the basket (which we keep in our linen closet in the bathroom). If it needs to be dry cleaned it goes in a bag by the front door. If it's clean, it gets hung up or folded. If we try it on and decide to wear something else, it gets put back.

When we bring stuff up from the laundry, we fold it or hang it and put it away, right away. If we stack it up somewhere it tends to stick - no good. So now, no matter how much we don't feel like it, we just get it done - it never really ends up taking very long.

They say it only takes 3 weeks to form a habit, so stick with taking care of the clothes "in the moment" for 21 days and it will be second nature - you'll have yourself to thank for your newly streamlined boudoir.

Image: Tree Clothes Hanger by Michael Young for Swedese

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