I admit it. I have too many clothes. Shocker, I know. I need to do something about this. Not that it is any excuse, but here are some reasons behind my hoarding of clothes and their piles.
*I have 4 different sets of clothing sizes. If you’ve been pregnant you understand:
- There is the pre-maternity wardrobe (which you hold on to because your false sense of reality allows you to believe that you will one day fit into them again.)
- The maternity clothes.
- The post-maternity clothes.
- The I’m facing reality and I don’t think I’ll lose anymore weight clothes.
*We had a terrible washer and dryer at our last home. I had to wash and dry a lot of things twice and then got behind on the clothes mentioned above and never recovered.
*I didn’t have a good laundry system set in place.
*I have two kids who go through multiple outfits a day and keeping up with their laundry takes precedence.
Part of the break I am taking from photography is to allow myself to get caught up on projects around the house. Labeling the kitchen, organizing the pantry, organizing the linen closet, painting, organizing the junk drawers, filing miscellaneous papers, etc…you get the idea. This weeks project: The Laundry!
I can do the laundry, I don’t mind it. I can do 10 loads in a day. My problem, getting it put away. I get so distracted throughout the day that I end up with a big pile of clean clothes. If its late at night and I walk into my room ready to fall into bed and see a heap of clothes that need to be folded, I swipe it on to the floor and promise myself it will get done tomorrow. My girlfriends and I addressed this issue (yes, other people do this too.) We laughed about the 4 piles we all have :
- The dirty pile.
- The clean pile that needs to be folded and put away.
- The I wore it once and can wear it again so it doesn’t need to be cleaned just yet pile.
- The question mark pile: Is that clean or dirty? Eh! I’ll just rewash it.
All that to say, desperate times call for desperate measures. I need a system. A good system. I didn’t even look on Pinterest for this one. I had to stop and think, what would work for me ?
Here is what I found to works best for me.
- I keep one laundry basket in the hallway outside of the laundry room. Throughout the day things that get dirty get tossed in there.
- I don’t do laundry unless I know I will be around when the dryer timer goes off and can fold it right away.
- Each person in our house has a canvas bin on the folding counter in the laundry room.
- There are two bins for dish towels and small bathroom towels.
- One little bin for solo socks and one for random items out of pockets.
- When the dryer is done I stand at the dryer and fold, putting each article of clothing/item in the appropriate bin.
- Once that is done then I can start a new load of laundry.
- Even if I don’t have time to put it all away right away, at least it is folded, ready to go and not piled on my bed waiting to get swept onto the floor