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Twice Worn Clothes

Okay, I know I'm not the only person on earth who doesn't immediately toss something in the wash after they wear it once. I have a pile, and that pile is on a chair, and it is full of clothes I've worn once but could wear again because they're just not that dirty. Now Jack has moved in - so we have TWO piles. It's getting a little crazy and cluttery and annoying... see the thinking goes, you can wear something twice, but not on consecutive days, because there are people out there who will probably think you're a dirty pig if you wear things more than once, and most of us who dual and even triple wear things (let's not talk about how frequently you can wear jeans, i'm sure there are varying standards on that one) don't want to be prejudged.

So the question is, for you dual and triple wearers out there, how do you manage the backlog? In my house, you CANNOT hang things back in the closet because something that's been worn cannot touch something that has not. So I have a chair pile, and it looks messy and eliminates the use of that chair basically indefinately. There's probably no good solution for me, being in cramped quarters, but I'm curious if someone else has a system or an innovation.

Or maybe you will now all think I'm a disgusting pig.



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Mar. 31st, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
Seperate sections in closet on hangars.
Use different color hangars?
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
There is the dirty hamper and the dirrrrty hamper. Um, I mean what? That's disgusting. :)
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Do you have another closet?
Apr. 3rd, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)
Sigh... I wish :)
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
We have a chair, too. Well, its actually a bench, outside the bathroom door. The hamper is right next to it. Dirties (undies, and sweaty shirts and jeans worn more than 3 days) go into the hamper. Other stuff gets piled on the bench. WE don't have separate piles. We kind of just dig through and see whta's what. Yeah, Iknow, its a disastrous arrangement.

Just imagine what it'd be like if you had 3 kids like me. ;) You thought YOU had laundry issues....
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm a filthy pig.
For a while I did the pile thing, but then I realized it was all psychological, and if the item is clean enough to be worn again (mostly pants and sweaters, nothing that's been directly next to my armpits or feet), it's clean enough to touch my other clothes. So it gets put back into the drawer or closet.
Mar. 31st, 2004 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Maybe I'm a filthy pig.
i sort of do this but then i lost track how many times on how many tours of duty some of the things had been through. Of course, some garments can spend more time in the field than others.
Re: Maybe I'm a filthy pig. - salami_salome - Mar. 31st, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Maybe I'm a filthy pig. - squeegibo - Apr. 1st, 2004 06:30 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Maybe I'm a filthy pig. - snidegrrl - Apr. 3rd, 2004 05:31 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
Uh, why can't you rehang worn clothes next to unworn clothes? I do that all the time! It helps keep the worn clothes looking fresh, too.

Or, you could have a separate section of the closet.
Mar. 31st, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
Me too. If it's too dirty to hang next to something clean in the closet (or refolded in a drawer) then it should go in the wash. Usually my pile up ends up going in the wash after all so I should just save myself the step and throw it into the wash if I don't feel like putting it away proper.
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
I have a pile at the foot of my bed. Joe's pile is on top of the hamper, with the lid closed, which results in my dirty underwear being piled next to the hamper as I can't open the hamper without his semi-clean stuff falling into said hamper.

I have a once-a-week pile removal system, where I'll throw the whole pile into the hamper once a week, regardless, just to keep the rotation flowing.
Apr. 3rd, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
I like the once a week pile removal system. I may have to adopt that. I think the only reason I don't is pants - I do laundry like once a month but I need to recycle pants more than any other item of clothing.

Man, I wish I would just not wear pants all the time.
Mar. 31st, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
hell, at least your pile is on a chair. mine tends to wind up on the floor, which automatically turns the garment(s) on the bottom of the pile into "dirty/not re-wearable", but keeps the stuff on top of it "rewearable". *snort* i have a feeling that if i take that 3rd floor apartment that's what the room dividers will wind up being for... wish i had an actual suggestion, here. >:( haven't figured it out yet, myself.
Mar. 31st, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
I put some thought into this. Being a non smoker I have no problem hanging my neatly worn clothes back in the closet. I have some work things that need drycleaning and we all agree the jeans.

In a smoker's household it may be harder as the clothes you wear will have that smoke smell on it. Which means putting it in the closet could cause more smoke smell. At least on the pile it can air out. (Now this is of course in a situation where the smokers only smoke outside their home). If you smoke in you home...I guess it wouldn't matter.

Now with this entire seperation of clothing issue. You could put a hole in the center/bottom of a trash bag and hang it in the closet. Put all gently worn clothing on one side and not worn on the other. It makes for a simple divider.
Apr. 3rd, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: Hmmm.
Hey you!!

Oh if something smells even REMOTELY smoky it goes straight in the wash. No doubt.

Thanks for the divider idea. BRILLIANT!!
Mar. 31st, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
allow me to be an ass and quote myself.
Apr. 3rd, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
I don't comprehend this three socks you speak of.
Mar. 31st, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
Put hooks on the back of your bedroom door and the outside of your closet door and hang the worn clothes there. Of course you'll probably run out of space but it'll make a dent in the piles of clothes.
Apr. 3rd, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
Hehehe... sadly there are already hooks there... holding belts, purses, bras, towels, robes. Agh, my life, too cluttered.
Mar. 31st, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
Have you ever watched the Discovery channel and seen different mammal males rub their musk on something to let the neighborhood know they are around? My bod is like that, so wearing clothes ( especially shirts) without washing is impossible. I think if I did that a stranger would point me out in a crowd and scream, like they did to that dude in "Body Snatchers".

I do have a friend though, who doesn't have the problem. One day I hope you meet him, only because he's pretty damn cool. Anyway, he has a huge walk in closet where things that were worn once go on one side, and things that are freshly washed on the other. Could you do that?
Mar. 31st, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
My bod is like that

Constantly being attacked by mammals attempting to rub musk on it? My goodness. ;-)

Kim: In my closet there are three groups of clothes hung up: clean people clothes, clean dog clothes (to wear while tromping through the woods and the mud with my dogs), and minimally-worn people clothes. So the stuff I've worn isn't next to clean "real" clothes. This seems to be enough to allay my paranoia. A similar idea would be to separate the two groups of clothes with one of those shoe holder things that hangs from the closet rod. (BTW, I hang *everything*, including T-shirts, which might make it easier to keep things separated.)
Mar. 31st, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC)
Try something like this: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=br_1_6/601-0099474-0688174?%5Fencoding=UTF8&asin=B00007EPER
You can each use one compartment for rewearables and the third for combined dirty stuff.
Apr. 3rd, 2004 05:38 am (UTC)
I have one of those! It separates colors of wash. I wish I had room for another!
Mar. 31st, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hooks. Hooks everywhere.
Mar. 31st, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC)
I have a large desk in my bedroom. It holds a tv and my rewearable pile. Er, so does the floor on the corner by the dresser.

Pants, skirts, and jeans all get two or three wears- I always wear shorts under the skirts, and jeans are not even right until about the second wearing.

Bras get worn a whole bunch too.

Tshirts, underwear, socks and gym clothes go in the pile on the bathroom floor. And that never gets reworn.
Apr. 3rd, 2004 05:39 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, bras are on the list of rewearables. Who the hell can afford to have enough bras to wash them after every wear, considering how easily they fall apart after repeated washings????
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