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Tip #25 – 28 Days of Decluttering

Tip #25 – Put your clothes away

I promise - all of these are clean, they just need to be hung up and put away.

I promise – all of these are clean, they just need to be hung up and put away.

I don’t know why I do this.  A few years ago, my New Year’s Resolution was to make sure all the clean clothes get put away.  I am really good about putting my kids’ clothes away – or having them put them away.  My husband is really good about putting his clean clothes away.  Yet – I am the culprit here.  Why do I do this?  I have not a clue.

OK – for the record, I do eventually put them all away.  And typically, it is only my hanging clothes that don’t get hung up.  Usually, I will hang everything up as I start the next round of laundry. In fact, right after I took this picture, I hung up everything in this pile.  But why do I wait?  I dumbfound myself.

And it totally makes things look cluttered.  It is hard to work around this giant pile of clothes.  It probably drives my husband crazy, although he never says anything.

How about you – how successful are you at putting your clean clothes away after laundry day?





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….putting off the inevitable

Battle of the wits….

My older son and I are having a bit of battle of the wits.  The weapon of choice – clean laundry!

WHAT?  Clean laundry?  What battle could ensue from that?

Well – when you have a nine-year old and a battle of the wits going on – it is really amazing what can come about.

So – here’s what’s going on. 

Every week or so I do laundry.  Upon taking everything out of the dryer, I fold and sort and place into individual stacks on my bed.

As I am finishing up – I ask everyone to take up their own stacks and put away their clean clothes.  I help my five-year old with the hanging stuff.

Simple – right?

Well – my nine-year old has taken it upon himself to make this not so simple.  In fact, he keeps making it harder on himself.

I discovered….

A few weeks ago, I discovered that instead of putting his clothes away, he instead threw all of them in the corner that is not easily seen from the doorway.

A few weeks later, I discovered that he dumped all of the clean items onto the floor of the closet.

This morning after I asked him “did you put your clean clothes away yesterday” and his answer was a puzzled look….I got suspicious.

So what did I find when I asked him what he was going to wear today and opened up his closest door to see – – – an empty closet with no clean clothes!

This time he had hidden all of the clean clothes in the closet again, but also took the time to hide them under an old beanbag chair and an old Halloween costume.


I calmly told him to get to work putting everything away.  I stood there for a bit and watched him to make sure he did in fact put them away this time.

At breakfast I asked – “what did you learn?

His reply  – “put my clothes away the first time”. 

To which I explained that he’s only putting off the inevitable.

Why do we do this?  

Knowing we’ll eventually have to do whatever the task is  – – I do it too and I’m 41!

Do you?

Happy Tuesday Everyone!