Maybe it’s just me - but I find that particularly during this time of year the master bedroom becomes a hotspot for clutter, especially for that of the clothing variety. With the extra clothing that we have to wear to keep warm, and the accessories.
This is how it goes for me..well...at least some of the time.
People are coming over, so I am running around my place gabbing all the hats, mittens, scarves, or just general clothing that myself (or my boyfriend) have left laying around. So what do I do with those clothes? Well - most of the time I just throw them into our room. Of course there is a laundry basket in there, but when it’s full and the clothing starts to overflow I think to myself that I’ll just do it tomorrow….
It turns out that I don’t have time to sort through (and wash) all of it the next day, since it was a busy work day. Then...I end up putting today’s clothes - that were hardly worn - on top of what is left in the basket. After that I get to work folding the stuff I might not get it all put away, and so those items are tossed aside on the floor to be dealt with tomorrow.
Not to say that this happens all the time, but it does happen, and it always makes me feel a little stressed when my room isn’t pristine. So - to prevent this from happening to you I am going to offer some suggestion on what you can do.
Have a plan for dirty clothes...
Create and implement a plan for dirty clothes. Determine where those dirty clothes are going to go when you take them off of your body (laundry basket is a good call - or maybe a few so that you can sort at the same time). The most important step: make sure everyone in your place knows the plan for their dirty clothes. In my case it’s just my boyfriend, but I asked him once to make sure to put them into the dirty laundry basket - and I’ve never had to ask again (A+ boyfriend I’d say).
Make the dirty clothes plan easy to implement...
I guarantee that your plan isn’t going to work if you have to jump through a bunch of hoops in order to make it happen. One thing that I can recommend is buying a large laundry basket that is easy to open - might seem like a small thing, but it will make a big difference. If at all possible, make sure the laundry baskets are close to the place that people are getting undressed - so if you have a walk in closet like me, put the basket somewhere in there...you’ll be happy that you did.
Purge as many clothes as you can...
This is something that I have noticed since moving in with my boyfriend. Because I moved provinces I was only able to bring one bag of clothing, which means that I only have a limited amount of stuff to choose from. He, on the other hand, has all of his belongings here - and is able to go an entire week without washing anything. On top of that he plays a few hockey games a week - so all the sports clothes are used on top of the day-to-day. I can easily do a load of laundry a day, crazy right?
Usually I say this to my girl friends, but it can apply to anyone. Think about purging the items that you don’t really wear. I know that you think you’ll use them some day - for painting or maybe they will fit you again - but the best thing you can do is just get rid of them. Give them to someone who needs them or donate them to your local Salvation Army.
Don’t put clothes on any flat surface...
This is going to sound weird but don’t put a pile of folded clothes on any flat surface in your bedroom. Do not set them on your dresser, not on your ironing board, and not on the chest of blankets at the foot of your bed - no where. Doing this will make it easier for you to simply ignore them and let them sit around longer.
Anyway, that is really all I am going to say about that. I am sure most of this is common sense, but sometimes we need to hear (or read) it from someone else for it to really sink in. Now, as always, I will tell you the BEST way to prevent any of this - let Spinz do your laundry for you. We will pick it up from your place, wash, fold and return to you within 24 to 48 hours! Wow. All you have to do is put the clothes away, and I’m sure you’ve got a few minutes to do that.
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By: Amanda Relyea-Voss