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Organizing the Laundry

Original photo by varandah Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.netAs I work with clients I realize what a challenge laundry can be. Many of us have entirely too many clothes and our laundry will always be out of whack until we purge. People often ask how many clothes they should have. Although there is no “law” that says how many clothes are enough, I think it is a given that you should only have as many as will fit in your closets and drawers.   Most of us don’t need more space, just fewer clothes.

It’s not uncommon for me to see piles of clean laundry on a couch or in a chair waiting to be folded and put away. Many times there’s nowhere to put those clothes once they are folded. Remember that clean clothes can be clutter just like dirty clothes. Washing them without putting them away does not declutter a room. 

For others, laundry can pose different challenges. I have a husband and two sons and it can be challenging to remember whose socks and underwear belong to whom when the items are all basically the same style and almost the same size. I learned a long time ago that I had to find a way to better organize my guys. I learned that buying different brands is the best way to keep things straight, but when that’s not possible I look for others ways to sort. For instance, my husband and one son both wear Fruit of the Loom undershirts but they wear different sizes and my youngest wears Hanes. They all like the black ankle socks. Because my husband and one son picked out the Nike brand I sewed a small white thread on the inside of my son’s socks so I would be able to tell them apart. Thankfully my other son has a different brand of socks. Sorting underwear can be a challenge as well. Once again I have a different brand for each of them so folding and sorting laundry can be done easily and effectively.

Look for opportunities to organize your family members so that doing laundry doesn’t become so frustrating. Remember that more is not better when it comes to clothes. Oftentimes more just means MORE, which translates into CLUTTER! I believe that the reason people have a box of mismatched socks is because they have entirely too many socks and can’t keep up with them so they purchase more.

What are the challenges you face with laundry? What are some ways you could organize yourself so that doing laundry isn’t so frustrating?

Photo credit: Original photo by varandah. Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman

Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you'll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
Kim Pittman
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