It happens before you know it: That seemingly innocent smattering of clothes that you may have placed here or there in your bedroom somehow grows into a Mount Everest of garments that seems to be crowding you out of your own space. Whether it’s the pile of recently-washed clothes that you plan to sort through “tomorrow,” or the clothes you wore last night that aren’t really “dirty” (so you laid them on a chair in your room), or some other strange assemblage of clothing that you have laying around, it doesn’t take much for complete clothing chaos.
Start with the Basics: Clearly Define the Terms “Clean” and “Dirty”.
As elementary school as this might sound, having a clear definition of what’s clean versus what’s dirty will stop a lot of clutter-creating tendencies in their tracks. So many times, we keep a shirt or a pair of pants nearby (in other words, outside of the dresser and not on a hanger) because we don’t really consider it to be dirty enough to put in the laundry, but somehow not clean enough to merit a place back in an official clothing location (the dresser or a hanger).
This basically means that the article of clothing in question will be banished to clothing purgatory, winding up at the foot of the bed, on top of the dresser (so close, yet so far away), on the floor, on the ironing board, or wherever else it may happen to land. In order to prevent this from happening, put the following cleanliness checks in place:.
Carefully inspect the garment for any dirt or stains.
Perform a smell test to see if the garment still smells clean.
If said garment passes the first two tests, consider it clean. Yes, this may go against the better judgment of those of us who have slightly OCD tendencies, but if the garment looks and smells clean, it’s clean! Hang it back up in the closet or fold it and put it in your dresser, where clean clothes belong.
If the garment failed either of the above two cleanliness checks, throw it in the dirty clothes hamper without hesitation. No more gray areas– from now on, it’s either clean or it’s dirty. Respond accordingly.
Get Rid of All Clothes That You Really Don’t Want to Wear.
Many times dressers and closets are too full because we keep clothes in them that we really don’t wear anymore, but just feel nice to have around. The problem is that these clothes take up valuable space, forcing you to keep the clothes you actually wear outside of their rightful home.
Make a Habit of Putting Clothes in Their Proper Place.
If it’s not on your body, it needs to be in the closet, or in the dresser. Period. Make a habit of putting clothes away immediately when they’re unoccupied by your body. Your clothes don’t want to be homeless; they want to live in their nice, comfortable home. Send them home.
That crazy pile of clothes in your bedroom can look awfully intimidating at first, but it’s not an impossible problem to fix. Just put the above tips into practice, and you’ll eventually achieve peace and order in your bedroom once more.