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Okay, this is an organizing issue I swear. There are certain clothes I rewear before washing, depending on what I did in them, what I'm doing the next day, etc. The organization of this however leaves much to be desired. Let me tell you how its organized right now. Clothes are left whereever I take them off. When I want to rewear, I pick it back up off the floor and shake it off, put it back on : I remember where I took it off, so I can find that shirt I wore yesterday, etc.

When I try to be good and put everything in the hamper, I end up with those pants I wore for an hour yesterday next to the wet smelly washcloth I threw in there or my wet bathing suit and they are now not rewearable. So I'm trying to figure out how to keep the place clean, but yet get the most out of my clothes before washing them.

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Can you rehang them?

Luckily, I'm generally too messy to rewear clothes I'm always spilling something on myself and actually go through a few outfits a day.

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Oh, that was something I was going to mention, I mean I could rehang them or refold them, but for some reason I just don't like putting something back as clean that was worn, kwim? I mean if I don't wear it then I want to wash it, not leave it in my drawer or closet for a week or two. I am so not forward thinking enough to know whether or not I'll actually wear it again when I take it off.

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if wrinkles aren't a deal, have a 'once worn basket'
that is what my kids have
I drape mine over the play pen that is next to my bed....bad habbit...must break...so I am in the same boat.
I used to put them on shelves but changed for some reason...it still got pretty messy though.

I wash thinking about when I have more closet space (meaning when I get a bigger closet or my own closet) just to hang them up in a certain area of my closet, so I know they are not "perfectly" clean but not really dirty and then they are not looking messy and getting dirty or wrinkled.

But currently I do not have space for that.
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Oh, that was something I was going to mention, I mean I could rehang them or refold them, but for some reason I just don't like putting something back as clean that was worn, kwim? I mean if I don't wear it then I want to wash it, not leave it in my drawer or closet for a week or two. I am so not forward thinking enough to know whether or not I'll actually wear it again when I take it off.
my hubby does not have a lot of clothes, so he will wear his twice as long as he does not get them really dirty (which he has an office job...so he does not get most of his clothes dirty). Although he does not rewear his boxers or undershirts (he will sometimes throw a used undershirt on if he has not showered yet that day and is going to be getting dirty). But he rehangs the clothes where they were when they were clean and somehow remembers if he has worn it once or twice...so he knows where to put it when he takes it off (hamper or back on the hanger). I am not into that. That is why I would have a designated hanging area...so I knew what was clean or not.....I do not think I could remember.
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We have a rewear basket. It works... when we use it!

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I have a row of hooks on the back of my bathroom door and I hang things like that on them.
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I throw the stuff I'll wear again on my dresser. Not a perfect solution but at least I know the dog isn't lying in it & it's not with the truly dirty stuff.

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What about hanging clothes you've only worn once back on the hanger, but have the hanger facing the other way? Hangers facing the "normal" way have clean clothes on them, "backwards" hangers have once worn clothes on them. Then come laundry day, it's easy to grab everything on a backwards hanger. Not sure what to do for clothes you keep in drawers or on shelves, though.

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What about hanging clothes you've only worn once back on the hanger, but have the hanger facing the other way? Hangers facing the "normal" way have clean clothes on them, "backwards" hangers have once worn clothes on them. Then come laundry day, it's easy to grab everything on a backwards hanger. Not sure what to do for clothes you keep in drawers or on shelves, though.
Not a bad idea, though in my closet I have the wire shelving and it has supports on the back side, which means anything hung backwards can't slide.

I think I'll try a seperate basket. For the most part I rewear pants, but I don't hang those usually, so rehanging wouldn't really fit.

Thanks for all the ideas!

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I put my possible rewears in a drawer under my bed... I've tried all different methods but it comes down to the simple fact I'm a lazy slob about taking off clothes so this is what works with my nature. Sometimes they don't even get in the drawer when I'm hopping into bed I just toss them right next to the drawer, that's how bad I am!, but at least when I step out in the morning it's easy enough to pick them up and toss in the drawer (or hamper if they got too bunched up or right back on me, haha).
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I keep a pretty basket in my room and really try to stick to rewearing what is in there or it builds up quickly. For instance, my at work outfit tonight will be my day clothes tomorrow. My pjs from last night are sitting in that basket right now.

I have had a designated area for my boy's clothes but thanks to this thread I'm going to reclaim a storage laundry basket and use it for all of our rewears.

It really cuts back on the laundry to keep it separate, dh is forever picking up stuff I have set aside for the kids to rewear and throwing it in the wash.
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I have an over the door hanger/hook thing in the bathroom that dh and I use for our "rewears". It helps to have it in the same area we change our clothes.
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I set things that I expect to wear again in the next day or two on top of my chest of drawers. That way they are all handy in one place, and I can easily grab something to throw on when I get up.
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I have a row of hooks on my closet wall. I keep my re-wear clothes there. Jammies and jeans are my most frequent re-wears.

My kids have jammie hooks in their closets too. (They are seriously too messy to re-wear anything else.)
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Good Ideas! l like the basket and the hook ideas. Hanging them defeats the ultra cool purpose of not having to mess with getting clean clothes, lol!!

Nice to know there are lots of us out there!

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I set things that I expect to wear again in the next day or two on top of my chest of drawers. That way they are all handy in one place, and I can easily grab something to throw on when I get up.
This is what I do too! I used to leave them on the floor, but I've been really trying to keep them organized somehow. Not to mention the cats lay all over them and I end up putting them in the wash anyways. For some reason I can't make the leap to hang them or put them IN the dresser, so the top of the dresser is a good compromise for me.

Funny enough, I just hung a shelf with hooks in DD's big girl room, for her jammies and rewears (not that she has many, being a 2 year old and all).

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I like how shimmer does it!

I actually have a wooden trunk at the foot of my bed where I throw mine.

My youngest uses her nightstand.

My oldest has one of those chairs with the hanger back and tray etc. I think it is called a clothes butler - it is from Bombay Company but I found it at Goodwill for a steal.

My husband rehangs and refolds everything.

The only problem I have is getting the girls to go to the rewear pile first and not go to the closet. I sometimes find a mountain on the rewear pile and then we have to sit and sort. Ugh.
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I have a row of hooks on the back of my bathroom door and I hang things like that on them.
This is what I do too. I got a nice "over the door" hook thingie with 4 hooks on it at Bed, Bath & Beyond for about $6 because I had the same problem of not having anywhere to put them. I also hang my pj's on them when I get dressed in the morning, since I generally rewear them a time or two before washing also.
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I have a double hook right next to my closet. works great.
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I just hang them back up in my closet for future wear. I don't worry about it being 'worn' already because if it's not pristine, it doesn't go back in. Also, everything that comes out of my closet gets ironed, so that doesn't factor in.

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We have a row of shaker hooks in the bedroom for clothes to rewear.

The kids clothes just get cycled back into their drawers. I give them a quick visual and sniff test, and if they pass, they go back in the drawers. I keep a large basket on top of one dresser where all the kids' clothes (clean or dirty) go when they need to be put away, and my 8yo puts them all away. I can just toss them in the basket to get them out of clutterhood.

Also, in my closet I have a couple of odd-colored hangers that I use to separate clean from rewearable clothes. The rewearable ones go closest to the door, then comes the funny colored hanger, then the clean clothes go beyond that. We do the same for my DH's clothes.

I have to make a really conscious effort to wear the rewearables first. Kind of like using up leftovers. LOL!

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First of all I change into nice clothes every time I leave the house, and out of them once I get home so this is a major issue for me too. I lay all of my worn but clean clothes in a few diff. spots around the house and they kind of pile up until I put them on again or put them away. I usually undress and hang them in the bathroom, or lie them over my dresser. I should really get some hooks, that is a great idea.
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I just hang them over the side of the hamper instead of actually in it if I plan to wear them again. Then when I do a load of laundry I just wash them, too. So the hanging on the side is only between loads.

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I wear each outfit for - at most - half a day. I get home from work and change out of my suit, and then put on a casual outfit. So my clothes certainly don't require a wash after one use. I usually just hang them back up in the closet, to be honest. Unless I've done something strenuous, or spilled something on myself, they're ok for a couple of wearings.

In the kids' room, we have a "re-wear" basket. My daughter is 4, and is in the habit of pulling clothing out of the closet 5 or 6 times a day to change based on how she's feeling (too hot, too cold, wanting to be in a fancy dress). Unfortunatly, she can't hang the clothing back up. So we have a basket there to put clean clothing in, so it doesn't end up all over the floor or mixed in with the dirty laundry. I HATE HATE HATE knowing that I'm washing something that hasn't been worn since the last wash, and just ended up in the dirty laundry because it was a rejected outfit, or was worn for 2 hours.
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We have those hooks that go over the door and use them for our jeans and other clothes we want to wear again.
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I fold the clothes and put them on the bedside table or dresser.
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I've got a coat rack in our room for our bathrobes and I just hang rewears up there. My partner uses a chair next to the dresser, but that gets disorganized quick.
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If its clean enough to rewear, its clean enough to hang with the "clean" clothes. But the clothes I'm going to rewear the next day usually end up in a chair in the bedroom.
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