Not every article of clothing needs to be washed after just one wear. Setting up a “clothing purgatory” zone in your closet or dresser can help you keep track of what’s been worn before, and keep it from piling up on the floor.
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Have you ever worn a sweater once, tossed it on the floor, and then decided to wash it simply because it was on the floor? The “clothing purgatory” zone, as Nancy Mitchell at Apartment Therapy explains, is where you should keep your clothes that are only kind of dirty:
…you know, the shirt that you wore only half a day and could probably wear out again one night, or the sweater that doesn’t quite need to be dry cleaned yet? What you need is something I’ve dubbed a ‘clothing purgatory’: a space where in-between clothes can hang out while their fate is determined.
Instead of washing that sweater that doesn’t quite need it yet, you hang it up in your clothing purgatory section of the closet. Now you don’t have worn clothing littering your living space, and you can get at least another wear out of it before you have to wash it. You can cut back on the amount of laundry you have to do significantly if you re-wear your pants, jumpers, jackets, or other similar items; and setting up a small purgatory space will help you do that.
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