For a colleague of mine, doing laundry is more manageable than keeping a large amount of clothing in her children’s closets, which she is sure would end up crumpled on the floor. Each child has 4 pair of pants and 4 shirts, which she launders twice a week. Since it is only 4 items each, and she has 3 children, she is only laundering 12 items at a time. It works for her.
3. Do not, I repeat, do not expand your storage space to accommodate more clothing: If you own so much clothing that you need to build yourself a new closet or rent out a storage locker to accommodate it, some of it is probably clutter. I function with one armoire for everything, in which I also manage to store my linens.
4. Here’s how a non-organization system works for me: I don’t have time to fold laundry, so I hang almost all of my clothing (except for underwear and socks) on hangers so that I don’t have to take the time to fold it. Having to open multiple drawers, closets or baskets and place clothing in them by category takes time and effort. Digging through the drawers in order to find articles of clothing also takes time. Hanging regularly-circulated clothing together is more efficient. Like I said, if it circulates regularly, you’ll know it is there, and if it is all in one place, you’ll be able to find it.
Of course, the challenge of maintaining this system is admitting to yourself that not all of your clothing is actually in circulation. Be honest and identify the pieces that you might wear one day (say, if you lose 10 pounds), and what you actually do wear. Painful as the process is, it’s a remarkably liberating exercise that will save you time and space. Since adopting this system in an effort to maintain order in my studio apartment, I’ve noticed that getting dressed in the morning is easier and faster than ever since all of my clothes fit, are wearable, and are right there in one place.