Deep Thoughts on In-Between Clothes

As I was gathering my laundry today I realized I need a better plan for my in-between clothes.  These are clothes that I might wear again before I do my laundry.  I have a fabulous  laundry hamper (pictured right.) It is well designed, sturdy,  attractive, and one of Oprah’s favorite things.  What you can’t see in this photo, is that it has a handle and wheels so I can roll it right down to the laundry room. My neighbors frequently ask about where they can acquire one. (Sadly, they are not longer available for sale!)

As fabulous as this laundry hamper is, I don’t want to put anything in it unless I am 100% certain that I will not wear it again before I do my laundry.  I could wear a pair of jeans many times before I wash them.  T-Shirts could get warn twice.  You get the drift.

But I also refuse to put clothing I have warn back in with my clean clothes.  Besides the fact that the clean clothes would be contaminated, I could forget to take them back out when I do my laundry!  When the laundry is done, I want every article of clothing in my house to be clean (except the laundry outfit unfortunately.)  A clean slate.  My heart sinks when I realize I forgot to put something in the wash.  Sometimes, I will actually hand wash it so I can have my clean slate :).

Because of these neuroses I have about the laundry, I have piles of in-between clothes on the floor in my room and on the floor of my closet.  Everything is out where I can see it, so I don’t forget to wash it and I know what I should wear again before I take out something new. It’s ridiculous.

So I started thinking today that maybe I have an idea for my first invention!  I have a problem that needs to be solved, I just have to come up with the perfect product to solve it and I can start my own business!  Finally, an idea!  Then I realized I might be the only human being on the planet who actually has this problem.

I would love to know if anyone out there has ever given this any thought so I can gauge exactly how neurotic I really am about my in-between laundry.  Please share…

7 thoughts on “Deep Thoughts on In-Between Clothes”

  1. I’m pretending I didn’t see this post but I recommend a a bar of wooden pegs somewhere. Inside the closet is not impossible — the clothes don’t have to touch! But even on the bedroom wall is not a bad idea — better than on the floor. Otherwise, you will have to consult Oprah. (I don’t see Cher helping with this problem. She just threw Sunny’s clothes out the window.)

  2. sister, sister, sister, how i love you and your minutia 🙂 i’m afraid i can’t relate to this particular issue– i just keep wearing my clothes and putting them back with the rest of my clothes until i decide it needs to be washed and i throw it in the laundry.
    that being said, as you know, i have my own neuroses about cleanliness/cross-contamination with other things so i can sympathize. i say you go on with your bad self and invent something! at least you’ll have a solution to your problem even if there isn’t a market for your product 🙂

    1. Now you have reminded me that creating a product would be completely against my goal of “buying less stuff” so I will definitely have to use what I have…at the moment, the in-between clothes are still collecting on the floor.

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