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How to Avoid Organizing Your Clothes

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.

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2:52AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Thank you.

6:51AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

good thoughts, and its true, less clothes means less organization required, less storage, less fuss

9:01AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Thank you

9:31AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

To avoid organizing I guess we must have just the "necessary"(this varies from person to person)plus a bit extra and that`s it.Not that easy but well...I`m getting there!

6:55AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

feng shuiing some points for the animals ...

1:05PM PST on Jan 14, 2011

somehow I am not convinced that system but the glory of holding the clothes in a few places is it just more convenient ,and a few times a year, cleans up in cabinets and forward what we do not litter

6:48PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

It's hard for me to do that because i have a shelf closet and very few hangers at the bottom. But i find that if you just simply fold all of your clothes when you put them back onto the shelf, then problem solved. I also organize columns according to t-shirt, long sleeved, pants, shorts and sweater :D

3:52PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

I have a disorganised system for my clothes, I rotate between the season putting away winter clothes in summer and visa-versa this works well for me and I use different clothes with each season so I don't get bored with my clothes, some of which I have had for many years and are favouites.

2:32PM PST on Dec 21, 2010

thanks!

6:13AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

i'm all for non-organization!!!! i'd get bored wearing the same thing all the time, & clothing lasts longer if it's laundered less frequently. i still have shirts i wear occasionally that i bought when i was in high school (when i caught the thrift store bug), & they're still holding up because i circulate through my closet.

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