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Has anyone solved the pile clothes on a chair problem?

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chariotsofire Sat 30-Apr-16 20:41:12

Our bedroom is lovely - but totally ruined by clothes piling up on any available surface. This happens when clothes aren't quite dirty enough for washing etc or we have different clothes to change into over the course of the day.

It probably boils down to laziness sometimes but is there a miracle solution- not to laziness but to the clothing clutter?

phoolani Sat 30-Apr-16 20:58:13

I've got one of those ikea boxes in the bottom of the wardrobe and shove all those clothes in it. Laziness isn't a problem because it's as easy to stick them in there as on a chair.

GooodMythicalMorning Sat 30-Apr-16 20:59:19


SnuffleGruntSnorter Sat 30-Apr-16 21:01:44

We each have a 'to be worn again' shelf in our wardrobe. Although I still have to rifle through DH's heap and wash things about once a week because he's a bit too optimistic about how often things require washing

Eeeek686 Sat 30-Apr-16 21:05:45

We've got one of those multiple hook racks for the back of the door - I think it has 6 upper and lower hooks, so 12 items, plus double ups, and we share it. Do still occasionally get clothes creeping on to the chair though bit it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be!

Titsywoo Sat 30-Apr-16 21:15:03

If I'm going to wear something again I hang it up. My issue is washing baskets of folded clothes waiting to be put away (my least favourite job) but I am trying to do it as they come out of the drier instead of letting it build up. Hopefully one day I will have a utility room and it can all get shoved in there!

idontlikealdi Sat 30-Apr-16 21:17:21

I also put away if not dirty otherwise my chair pile becomes ridiculous.

RobberBride Sat 30-Apr-16 21:30:11

If I'm going to wear something again I don't hang it up because I'm scared of moth infestations. I've been eyeing up these but I keep dithering in case I find something more attractive. Also I'm accident prone and I'm pretty sure I'd hurt myself on them.

I've also been considering getting a tall slim bookcase thinking we could throw jumpers on one shelf, jeans on another etc.

chariotsofire Sat 30-Apr-16 21:34:17

I sort of want something like the valet stand to hang work clothes ready for the morning but agree it isn't the prettiest. Some good ideas though, thanks all.

RidersOnTheStorm Sat 30-Apr-16 21:35:36

We have an old fashioned hat stand in the corner.

unimagmative13 Sat 30-Apr-16 21:47:00

This situation will end my marriage.

DH had 'piles' of what he likes to say are clothes for work the next day. They aren't.

We have a wash basket that appears full of clothes. DH claims it's always my stuff (he doesn't wear clothes obvs)

I do all the washing and the laundry basket is still full.

We've bought a bigger house and agreed bedroom 4 will be the clothes room.

It's only us and a baby.

mrsbee2be Sat 30-Apr-16 21:57:09

We have a metal IKEA single towel rail with big hooks on the wall behind our bedroom door, the type you might hang utensils on in the kitchen, which sound strange but it works well and saves me from piling/throwing things around the room/floor!

echt Sat 30-Apr-16 22:48:22

At the moment my chair pile is summer clothes waiting to go into zip bags under the bed (Au), and the real clothes pile is limited to gardening clothes. Everything els is hung up to air in the walk-in wardrobe or in the wash bin.

My laundry is the real clothes pile of shame.

DoesFlossfloss Sun 01-May-16 00:57:40

Surely if something's deemed clean enough to wear again then it can go back in wardrobe or drawer with all the other clothes?

I say this whilst looking at pile of clothes on floordrobe confused

FarelyKnuts Sun 01-May-16 01:00:55

I'm tempted to be a smart arse and say don't have a chair in the bed room but honestly it either goes in the wading basket or a maximum of one outfit is allowed to be left for re-wearing the next day on hooks in the bathroom.

FarelyKnuts Sun 01-May-16 01:01:18

That would be a washing basket btw

RainbowFlower24 Sun 01-May-16 01:14:33

Rail extending over space between end of wardrobe and wall to hang them. They still end up in a messy pile on the chest of drawers, on top of the washing basket in the bathroom, on the window sill in the bathroom, and by the side of DH's side of the bed. I weed outfit laundry, fold and hang them when it gets on my nerves.

chariotsofire Sun 01-May-16 09:39:47

I was struggling with the question as to why they just can't be put away if clean enough and there are a variety of reasons:

There are comfy clothes I change into at the end of the day that are never really worn long enough to get dirty so they stay out
Jeans etc get worn more than once but not on consecutive days
DH has work clothes which ARE dirty but it doesn't matter if he wears them for work again

Ultimately the problem is we are not the sort of people who tidy and make each room pristine and possibly need to get into the habit but as usually it is only us that goes In the bedroom.

I'm liking having a box to put away totally but in practice not sure this would happen.

Next challenge- getting DH to close drawers, re wrap food, throw away empty wrappers, fill dishwasher instead of leaving dishes in the sink. That takes care of the next 30 years I suppose.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 01-May-16 09:51:42

We have a sleigh bed and I'm afraid our 'worn but not in the wash' pile gets draped over the end blush. I quite like the idea of hooks on the back of the door, might try and instigate that.

Eeeek686 Sun 01-May-16 13:18:03

We used to have a traditional style hat rack for the purpose but it looked a bit like a clothes tree in the corner of the room and do want v.shueng fei (SP!?!).... And in fact in the end it was so well used it ended up breaking under the strain! confused

Totally recommend back of door!

RobberBride Sun 01-May-16 13:39:28

For those of us who already use their back-of-door for a mirror, what about this?

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 01-May-16 14:24:19

Actually, hooks on the back of the wardrobe door might be a solution if the wardrobe is deep enough.

caroldecker Sun 01-May-16 15:29:38

Robber Is that not just a chair to put clothes on?

dudsville Sun 01-May-16 17:16:18

I wish. I bought a special, very attractive thing that hooks over the top of the closet door, there are about 10 hooks on this damn thing. I find OH's clothes on the bed, on the foot of the bed, at the foot of the door on which the purchased-for-this-reason-thingy hangs.

Tolivebythesea Mon 02-May-16 18:47:23

We used to have this problem until I read the Marie Kondo book and properly reduced the clothes in our wardrobes. Once the wardrobe was clearer there is a space for everything. Also, she advocates putting clothes in their place straight away when changing. I know it's obvious but it does work. Less stuff, less clutter means clearer space. Our bedroom is so much better now.

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