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I am drowning in a sea of clothes

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IllegallyBrunette Thu 24-Jul-08 10:53:48

Mostly clean ones, but washing basket is also bursting at the seams.

I have an ottoman full of clean clothes and then 3 baskets full too, plus little piles dotted around the house blush

I don't even know what it is in some of the baskets as the stuff has been in there so long.

HELP

Cappuccino Thu 24-Jul-08 10:55:03

what do you want us to do exactly?

ComeOVeneer Thu 24-Jul-08 10:57:33

Charity shop.

Cies Thu 24-Jul-08 10:58:02

OK, you have to be strict with yourself.

A friend has a great tip. Go through the clothes, be brutally honest, and say 'when did I last wear this?'

If the answer is 'more than a year ago' put the offending item in a black plastic bag and send it to the charity shop.

Then, ask yourself, 'do I like how I look in this item? ' I have so many things that I wear when everything else is dirty or unironed, that just do nothing for me. Again, charity shop.

If you can't bear to throw it away just yet, bag it all up, put it in the attic or somewhere hidden, and in six months ask yourself if you've actually missed it.

IllegallyBrunette Thu 24-Jul-08 13:20:41

I don't know Capp LOL

I think I need to definatly go through the whole lot, as some of it can definatly be sent to charity or given to friends etc.

Will start that tommorow after kids have been swimming.

There is just so much, it is overwhelming.

KnickersOnMaHead Thu 24-Jul-08 13:23:40

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crokky Thu 24-Jul-08 13:33:51

GET RID!

Send bagloads to charity shop. If prob to get there, some will pickup from your house if you ring them.

My DD is 4 months. She has 10 babygros and 10 vests. Thats it! My DS is 2. He has 10 tops and 10 bottoms and few pairs of socks and a coat. Thats it! Everything they are not wearing goes immediately to friends with similar aged children or charity shops or eBay. I have nothing outgrown and nothing to grow into for either of them.

KnickersOnMaHead Thu 24-Jul-08 13:59:19

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IllegallyBrunette Thu 24-Jul-08 16:04:50

I think we do have too much, mainly caused by the fact that there is always that much ironing that I can't see what we do have.

We go on hols in Sept and so I need to get the clothes sorted so I can work out if anyone does need anything or not.

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Thu 24-Jul-08 16:25:29

thats just lazy ib how can you live with clothes everywhere? sorry hang on a minute dd is shouting for me..........

<no dd the bathroom door is by the pile of clothes with coats in it, no not that coat its near the black coat..have you found your way out yet?>

sorry you were saying? grin

my radiator leaked all over all the clothes i had heaped stored neatly under some drawers in my bedroom so they all need washing again and now my washing basket has taken over the bathroom and my living room sofa is piled with ironing as well as the two huge sacks of clothes that dont fit the dds anymore shoved behind the sofa so i know exactly how you feel ib!!

orangina Thu 24-Jul-08 16:27:05

car boot sale?

IllegallyBrunette Thu 24-Jul-08 17:02:21

LOL Seashells, that sounds just like a conversation that would happen here grin

Can't really do a carboot as have no car, but i think I am going to see if I can list some stuff on ebay, as I could do with the extra cash thanks to latest electric bill hmm

Ivegotaheadache Sat 26-Jul-08 11:26:10

I don't have a dirty washing basket, I have a dirty washing floor. I've got so much washing to do that it all spills out onto the floor then more clothes get chucked on top.
The ironing basket is just a place where clean crumpled clothes are stored as no amount of ironing ever seems to make any difference to the mountain.

I've got a huge pile of odd socks which gets moved about in my bedroom, I have never found any of their partners but am not able to throw them out in case it turns up when I get round to cleaning the dd's rooms.

I just don't know what to do with it all (obviously washing and ironing and putting them all away is not an option much better to spend my time on MN moaning about it grin)

CarGirl Sat 26-Jul-08 11:30:20

the mistake you're making is IRONING!!!! HOnestly I use a 900 spin hang everything up straight away, onto hangers where possible, let it dry put it away. We probably have 10 items between 6 of use that may occasionally need iron - it is bliss saves hours and very eco friendly and is cheaper on electricity too.

JackieNo Sat 26-Jul-08 11:33:57

Absolutely - don't iron anything, unless it's linen, or work shirts. Dry it flat, fold it, and once it's been on for a few minutes, you'd never know whether it's been ironed or not.

CarGirl Sat 26-Jul-08 11:36:54

also when I buy clothes I take into account whether they will really need ironing or not.

DisenchantedPlusBump Sat 26-Jul-08 11:38:12

snap!!

this is me!

Am getting rid of at least half of it this weekend!

Dalrymps Sat 26-Jul-08 11:47:22

This is also me, I am currently staring at 2 big blue ikea bags full of clean washing on the chair opposite me. Thats just a start, there are about 3 bin bags of ds's clothes that he has grown out of and need to go up the loft in what is supposed to be his bedroom, but, it is so full of useless crap at the moment that he is still sleeping in our room.
Our room is also littered with piles of clean washing that probably need washing again now as they haven't been put in our wadrobes due to the fact the piles of washing are blocking the wadrobe doors!
I think i'm just going to charity it all and live in a sack.

glitterchick Sat 26-Jul-08 11:51:25

OMG - I thought that was just a problem I had. I gotta say that I had piles of clothes, all clean, just piled everywhere. The only way to you will ever get rid is bite bullet and take 1 day and loads of plastic bags. Load them all up and get to charity. It is a full days job - don't do anything else on that day just clothes. You won't know yourself. Good Luck.

PotPourri Sat 26-Jul-08 11:53:43

You need to be ruthless, imagine trinny and suzanna are there - go through every pile with a few baskets/bin bags.

Without a second glance split them into
1) I love this and wear it
2) I love this but don't wear it (sentimental, doesn't fit any more etc)
3) I have never liked this if I am honest

Then go through 2 again and limit yourself to half of what was there. Then what is left of 2 and 3, split them into would be suitable for someone else (Charity) and past it (bin)

And never look back in teh bag or you will take some out again. It is so revitalising to clear out - honestly it is well worth it.

Ivegotaheadache Sat 26-Jul-08 11:57:47

I do try hang up as soon as the wash is finished but at the time when the wash is finished I'm usually doing something else so the washing sits for ages til I get round to it. It has been known to sit in the machine til the next day and I have to rinse it again blush.

A few times however, I have taken it straight out and shaken the clothes and smoothed them before drying ect, but I still don't think they are particularly crease free and so will want to iron them.
Doesn't help that I stopped using fabric conditioner because of ds's eczema.

I try to cut down on the amount of clothes we have and I tell myself that we will just wear what we have until we outgrow it all, but then along comes the Next sale and there I am buying more stuff.

CarGirl Sat 26-Jul-08 12:40:32

On my machine the cotton spin is more intensive than the synthetic spin (even if you select the same speed) so I have to sselect the right spin IYSWIM. I've started using soap nuts to make my clothes softer rather than use conditioner and it's helped.

SqueakyPop Sat 26-Jul-08 13:30:21

Pick 2 hours and do some ironing. Don't stop until the 2 hours is up. Do it in front of the TV.

Dirty ones are easy to deal with - stick them in the washing maching. Get your kids to help.

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