How My Kids Stopped Leaving Clothes on the Bathroom Floor

I’m not sure what to say about this because I don’t know if I should be impressed with myself that I thought of it, or asking why I didn’t think about it sooner?

Every night when the little ones get their baths, tiny pants and shirts and socks are dropped on the bathroom floor. This is not a big deal to me. I don’t think about it, but every morning I’m in the habit of picking up the clothes and putting them in the laundry basket in another room. It’s not hard to do, but I’m not exactly teaching my kids good habits in the first place.

Then one day it struck me, “Why don’t I put the laundry basket where the clothes are dropped? Do I work for this house, or does the house work for me?”

I put the laundry basket in the bathroom where they can use it, and now there are no more clothes on the floor. It took me a few years to think of this, but I still don’t know what to do about the clothes left in the living room.

Where do you find clothes left around the house?

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  1. Smart!
    My husband says he needs a separate hamper/hanging situation for the clothes he deems clean enough to wear again, but not clean enough to rehang in the closet. Ugh. I’m sick of the pile on top of the hamper, or spread across the top of the dresser for these ‘in-between’ clothes!
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    • oh I KNOW. My husband is the same way! I figure if the clothes are clean enough to wear again, they’re clean enough to go back in the drawer/closet. That’s what I do with my clothes, but I don’t pick up after him!!
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    • This used to drive me crazy, too, until I came up with a simple solution. We both have closets that are (a) small and (b) already very crowded. So adding some hooks in either closet wasn’t an option. But we had a short wall in the bedroom that leads into the bathroom and isn’t visible from the bedroom door. So he mounted a 1×4 there, painted it white (like the rest of the trim in the bedroom) and put six hooks on it. Now we can hang up those clothes not dirty enough to go in the laundry, but too dirty (or too something) to hang back in the closet or fold and put in a drawer. Marriage saved! Send me a message if you want a photo.

    • Just do what I do…throw it all back in his closet! He’ll eventually figure it out : )

      • That’s what I do! I rewear clothes all the time – if they’re clean, just hang them back up. Takes 2 seconds and looks MUCH better! :)

      • And for your next trick – will you tell me how to get my husband to put away his clothes? Like, the clean ones? I refuse to be that wife who puts away her husbands’ clothes! Hah.

        (He is awesome and cleans a lot – I don’t want to come off as insulting him for not putting away his clothes. We’ve talked at LENGTH about it. He just doesn’t value it. Do I give up?)
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        • Short answer…yes! He’s already said he doesn’t value it, that is not likely to change. If I understood correctly from your previous comment, you both have separate closets. Let his closet be his and if it gets too much for you close the door. That’s what I do :)

          My husband does so many terrific things but regularly putting away his laundry is not one of them. He does his own laundry and I do mine and our four kids’. We’ve always done separate laundry even before kids.

          Separate laundry routines and closing closet doors removes one less thing to talk at length about :)

        • My husband doesn’t particularly care about the state of his clean clothes either. But he tells me that he knows I love him when he finds clean underclothes and socks in his drawers (or work shirts in his closet). He doesn’t care whether they are folded. I just like to have things put away where they belong, but it is nice to know that he notices, and that he appreciates that I don’t HAVE to put his clothes away for him.
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    • I stuggled with this problem forever, until I started hanging the worn clothing up at one end of the closet, next to the other previously-worn clothing, away from the clean clothes. Simple and effective!

    • I really hate to say it (well actually no I don’t), but your husband is right. When you wear clothes out of the house, they may not have food or stains or bad smells on them, but they typically will have deodorant (assuming you wear any)/cologne/perfume smell, dust and allergens from elsewhere in the outside world, etc. You really don’t want those things getting worn again and again without knowing when was the last time you washed it, and most of us don’t want those allergens and such to get on our other clothes. That’s not even considering how many times I may have taken something off, thought it was fine, then got back to it two or three days later to find that musty “deodorant wore off but it took two days for the bacteria to stink” smell or that I must have walked through a cloud of someone’s cigarette smoke and didn’t notice when I got home because it was still stuck in my nose. I really don’t want my entire closet smelling of my partner’s deodorant from him putting a shirt or two back in there! I can’t imagine how many extra loads of laundry must need to be washed (but probably aren’t, in your case) because of clothes someone thought were fine and have now made everything it touched and everything around it smelly and musty and unwearable.

      My partner has a set of hooks on the back of the bathroom door for his rewearable work uniforms (and some other clothes), and hooks in the bedroom for the reusable towel that needs to dry and his robe (and apparently his belts enjoy living there as well). I have a quilt rack with three bars on it for tops, bottoms, and dresses. Bras get hung over the sides or with the tops. If one thing was too dirty to be worn again and gets put there, the other thing it’s touching can probably get worn for some dirty work (gardening, sorting in the garage) before getting tossed into the laundry, otherwise there’s only one or maybe two other things it’s touched. It hasn’t been wadded up or tossed into an enclosed space to stink up ALL my clean clothes. Which is exactly what happened when those rewearable hooks and quilt rack lived in the closet. Yuck.

  2. Robin from Frugal Family Times says:

    “Do I work for this house, or does this house work for me?” I love that so much, Rachel! I go so far as keeping the kids’ pajamas near to the laundry basket, they can pick up their night clothes after dropping the days’ in the hamper.
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  3. I did this same thing in our bathroom- our hamper was originally in our master closet, a mere 3 feet from the bathroom, and yet my husband could never quite figure out how to get his clothes into it. I finally relented and decided I’d meet him where he was and put the hamper in the bathroom. So why do his clothes still end up on the floor?? *sigh*

  4. Melissa S. says:

    My husband, when he first started teaching middle school, would come home exhausted and dazed, and remove his pants just inside the front door and drop them on the couch. As he got better at teaching, the pants-dropping spot has moved farther from the front door, but it’s still something he does. I have tried adding laundry baskets, but it kind of seems beyond his attention. His shirts, which get laundered outside the house, always end up in a dedicated basket. The rest of his clothes, not so much. Now we have an agreement: he can have a mountain of clothes between his side of the bed and the wall, but not in my walking aisle to my side of the bed, and his office is free for him to treat however he likes. I think I will try adding a few small laundry baskets in key places and ask him to try to use them. It honestly doesn’t bother me that much, and I don’t feel like this is something I need to take a stand on, but if I can make it easy for him, maybe he’ll be able to make a change. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Our two covered hampers are located in the hall directly across from our main bathroom door. Before we had hampers (it took me awhile to find exactly what I wanted size/style-wise, and I was willing to wait), we had two laundry baskets there and that worked pretty well, too. I’m a big fan of placing things at the point of first use or at the point of greatest convenience whenever it is possible, particularly if one is counting on children/husbands to USE whatever it is! The principle is to make it easier to USE the spot than to do anything else.
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  6. My kids seem to drop their clothes right *next* to the basket. Now, however, I make them do all their own laundry. At some point I hope they realize life would be easier if they actually took the clean out of the basket and used it for the dirty. Maybe when they go to college and the roommate either yells at them or wears their clothes….

    • I used to do that, and my turnaround point came in college, when I had to lug my clothes up and down three flights of stairs to do laundry. It made me want to stay on top of laundry so I could do it every week, and keep the basket from weighing more than I did! Maybe that’ll be your kid’s turnaround point, as well.

  7. Seriously, why have I not thought of that, too? We have laundry baskets in our bedroom closet, but I still find clothes all over the house, especially socks.

    We have more than enough space to have a laundry basket in our bathroom. Thanks for the awesome suggestion! :)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh, the socks!!! Like little droppings all over the house. What IS it with the socks?

      • my children so kindly help each other remove their socks. they are getting better at putting their shoes away, but I generally do a laundry collection walk around the living room at least once a day for socks and pjamas.

  8. LOL I find clothes right next to the laundry basket too. Ugh. My husband is the biggest culprit!

  9. My dilemma is the reverse: how do I get the kid to stop taking dirty clothes out of the hamper the next day and putting them back on?

    I swear, trying to get her into a clean, semi-matching outfit every morning has turned into the most ridiculous battle.
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    • Have you tried putting a clean set of clothes on top of the hamper at bedtime? That way in the morning her clean clothes are just as convenient as yesterday’s dirty clothes. I don’t know if it will work, but it may be worth a shot.

  10. We recently implemented this at my sister’s house (we were helping while she recovered from shoulder surgery). We put a hamper in the bathroom and she actually already keeps one in the living room area (tucked behind a bookshelf). Since the 17-month-old’s clothes are in a bedroom on the 2nd floor, we also put a small basket with extra socks, extra onesies, outfits, jammies, etc. so that she can be quickly changed. This has made it unnecessary to keep a hamper of clean clothes perpetually in the living room.

    While others may balk at keeping hampers in the living room, it is MUCH better than the alternative: clothes on the floor, laundry that never gets folded & put away, etc.

    • I totally agree! We have a hamper in our living room, tucked behind the sofa. We also have a basket with our cloth diapers and a few extra onesies in it under the coffee table, so it’s easy to change the baby when he’s messy. It’s really not that big a deal for us to have the hamper there, since it helps keep our house so much cleaner. Finding a nice wicker hamper helps make it seem less weird.

  11. We have hampers in each bathroom and everyone is pretty good about putting their dirty clothes in them. Of course, my youngest is now 14 years old, but we’ve been doing it this way forever, so it’s a habit now.

  12. Several commenters mentioned that their family members dropped their dirty clothes next to the laundry basket rather than in it. I cured my family of this habit by only washing what was inside the basket. They figured it out pretty quickly.

  13. Denise C. says:

    Our laundry basket is in our master bathroom (our kids have their own bathroom, but prefer sharing ours). My 4 y.o. daughter dislikes wearing socks, and I will find them all over the house. My 6 y.o. son has a habit of throwing his clothes NEXT to the laundry basket. :)

  14. Oh, yes! We just figured this out as well. After a few years of my husband was fed up with me piling my clothes on the floor, (yes, I am the culprit!) so he took the hamper out of the closet and put it where I threw all my clothes. Ta-da! No more piles. Well…fewer anyway.

    So weird how we don’t see the simple solutions because we’re used to doing things a certain way.
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  15. My husband leaves shirts draped over kitchen chairs. He comes home so dirty and gross (he’s a maintenance guy) and putting them in the hamper makes ALL the clothes smell terrible.
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    • I know exactly what you mean. Those are the clothes I’d have to keep separate and then wash separately.

    • We have a separate locationn for my husband’s work clothes also. I won’t even go into the muck that comes home on his clothes some days. It is enough to say that that mess will *not* go into the same basket with the baby’s clothes.

    • My husband is in the military, and when he comes home wearing more dirt than clothes, I send him right upstairs to undress into the washer. It’s kind of a pain to make sure the washer is always empty when he comes home, but I think it’s worth it to keep the pants that stand on their own separate from diapers and burp cloths. I wash his cammies alone, too. It may waste a little more water, but again, I think it’s worth it, especially with the gross stuff he gets on himself at work.

      • Ha! Pants that stand on their own! Hilarious! When my older boys come home from fishing I make them undress into the dryer too! Thank you for your family’s many sacrifices in service to our country!

  16. This is so true! I would always end the week with an enormous pile of clothes in the bathroom and like one sock in the hamper in the bedroom. I found kit at Walmart or something that was a white plastic hook and a cheapo collapsible laundry bag, and mounted it on the inside of the bathroom door.

    What about getting some treats or little stickers or something and giving them as prizes- one for each piece of dirty clothing moved from the living room to the hamper? You could even make it honor system, and put the treats next to the hamper. Not sure if the habit would stick, but it might be worth a try.

  17. Firstly, I’d like to know how to stop my children getting undressed like strippers. I may or may not have offered a cash reward for every item of clothing found somewhere outside of the laundry baskets (record was about 15 items… mostly socks. And a pair of pajama pants that had been missing in action for several months. Weirdest place socks were found was behind the television). The Bloke is notorious for leaving clothes willy nilly all over our room. I took out the basket as he never used it (despite moving it to where he tossed his clothes), then putting it back for a while (I was the only one that used it, grr) and now it’s gone again. I think I wouldn’t mind so much if the pile of his dirty clothes wasn’t the first thing you see when you walk past our room when the door’s open.

  18. Isn’t it a relief to come up with a solution that works!!!

  19. Your laundry baskets are pretty nice. I go for the plastic ones.

    They’re not expensive. I can have a basket in the bathroom and in each bedroom. On cleaning day I move them all to the bathroom where husband, the desiginated carrier takes them to the laundry room.

  20. In our 1950s home, the bathroom has a laundry basket built into the cabinetry! We’ve never used it for laundry, which is funny. I might have to revisit the idea.

    p.s. Thank you for the link. :)

  21. I’d need to put my laundry basket under the bed. My husband ‘drop kicks’ his clothes under the bed at night. I have to go searching for things that need washed. I’ve tried the ‘don’t wash it unless it’s in the basket trick’ but then I end up with an enormous load of laundry every couple of weeks. I rely on line drying, so it’s easier on myself if I just gather it up myself. :-( Ties are taken off and strewn around the house. I once went on tie pick up strike, when I finally gave in, I picked up and put away 15 ties!!

  22. Genius.

  23. Very smart if you have the room in your bathroom!

    We have a very tiny bathroom so at the end of my 4 year old’s bath, after he has his jammies on and has brushed his teeth, I make sure he picks up his own clothes off the floor and puts them in the laundry basket in his room. It’s just something I’m trying to make a habit with him so he’ll do it all the time.

    • We have a tiny bathroom too, so our hampers are in the laundry room and 2 bedrooms. We’re trying to make it habitual, too!
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    • We have a tiny bathroom, too. Not a spare inch for a soap dish never mind a whole hamper. So I put hampers in each bedroom. My 5 boys share a bedroom and that is my biggest laundry challenge. The clothes are never in the hamper unless I make someone go pick up. My 18 y.o. is my worst offender, but he is such a sweet helpful gentle soul otherwise that I hesitate to get on him and usually end up picking up after him. I need to toughen up.

  24. This is the basic premise of the book “The House That Cleans Itself”. Mind blowing insights in that book, even for the organzied.
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  25. We currently switched things around in our house and my laundry basket is in a new place. IT is driving me crazy and seems inconvenient. It is so odd how something so “small” really makes life easier or not-so-easy. Crazy..but I need to find a better system!
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  26. Every morning my husband leaves his white t-shirt (that he slept in) next to the hamper. Um, hello, it’s right there! All you have to do is open it and throw the tee right in! I’m thinking about placing a basket/hamper in every room. Oh wait, then I would be the one who has to go room to room to collect the dirty clothes!
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  27. My kids aren’t too bad about this, but right now my daughter would rather throw all her clothes in the wash rather than put them away again. I have resisted putting up hooks because I think they would still ignore the half-worn clothes and go for the stuff in their drawers.
    I’m trying to teach my daughter how to identify dirty clothes! She is old enough (6) that she can keep her clothes clean sometimes, whereas my son (age 4) gets everything dirty, every time.
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  28. Let’s see….where do I find clothes laying around the house? The kitchen, the art room, the hallway, the foyer. Do we have to limit our answer to the house? I find my kids socks, shoes, and clothes in our van all the time. My 16-year old says it’s easier to leave her socks and shoes in the van so that she’ll always know where they are when we need to leave, thus saving time. Uuuhhh…..I’m thinking your closet might be an acceptable option. Her time-saving method has backfired on her several times when unbeknownst to her, I cleaned out the van. We got to whatever public place it was that we were going when she figured out she had no shoes! Argh! Of course, at the time I cleaned out the van, I was unaware of her “brilliant” plan to save time by leaving socks and shoes in the vehicle. Sigh……………

    When my kids were little I got hampers and removed the lids. Yes, even lifting a lid to put your clothes in the basket is one extra motion that kids aren’t crazy about. Wasted motions, I guess. Our hampers are all in the upstairs laundry room right now–NO lids mind you, and it’s unbelievable how many times I have to go in there and pick up the clothes that are laying right in front of the hamper and toss them in myself. And my kids aren’t little anymore. I think we need to retrain on the art of picking up clothes.

  29. we’ve always had our hamper in the bathroom. we also keep little baskets, with the kids’ little undies and socks, in the cabinets under the sink. they know where to throw dirty clothes and where to get clean socks and underwear. in summer, when they don’t wear socks at night, they usually brush teeth, put on socks, and then head downstairs to put on shoes for daycare/school.

  30. Melissa Q says:

    I had a similar “aha” experience with the diaper pail. After years of trekking dirty diapers upstairs to the baby’s room, it one day occurred to me to put the pail in the downstairs bathroom. Sakes alive, has it made life easier. The bathroom is close by, the diaper pail is right there, and wow, look, there’s the sink where I can wash my hands! Crazy why it never occurred to me before…

  31. My husband likes to come home and get out of his cammies uniform ASAP, so we put a hamper in our living room, tucked kind of behind the couch so it’s not super visible, but is still easily accessable. It’s worked great, and very rarely does something end up on the floor instead of in the hamper! It’s worked out even better now that we have a baby, since we can just throw dirty cloth diapers into the living room hamper and haul it upstairs to the laundry room every day (which is a great way to lose some baby weight!!).

  32. Perfect solution. You have to make it easy!

    When my husband and I were first married, he always threw his clothes on the floor NEXT to the hamper. I asked WHY????? He said it was too much trouble to open the lid and throw stuff in. So I got rid of the lid and the problem was solved.

    Easy is good.

  33. I find it hilarious when my husband leaves his clothes on top of the hamper rather than actually in the hamper. He claims to still be deciding whether the clothes are dirty or clean.

  34. I have hampers in every room and once a week, the four-year-old collects all the clothes for me. He loves his little chore and everybody KNOWS that if it’s not in the hamper, the four year old will miss it.

  35. I have a laundry basket just outside my bedroom door where I normally throw dirty clothes from either my bedroom or bathroom – as it’s a halfway point. I didn’t have a basket there at first (because it was in the bathroom and falling apart) and so I went to Howard’s Storage and found a nice little calico and wood frame laundry basket that fits all my dirty laundry from a week… including my towels and sheets! It doesn’t look much, but it does hold it all.

    Now, if I’m expecting people, all I need to do is put anything that needs a wash in to that basket and pull the lid over and it looks nice and tidy… no clothes left anywhere. :)

  36. Why do women discuss this topic and men don’t? That is the most interesting question.

  37. If only we could put a hamper in every room!
    I have one in the bathroom…it’s in the linen closet in the bathroom. This doesn’t seem to work as well. Having it in view would definitely make the difference.
    Thanks Again

  38. I bought my daughter a little hamper for her room because she was throwing her clothes on the floor. She filled it with her dress up stuff and continued to throw her dirty clothes on the floor next to it.

  39. I find clothes EVERYWHERE. It makes me wonder if my kids are really walking around naked and I just don’t realize it. Often, I will find the clothes left just in front of, but not down, the laundry chute. Drives me bonkers. I try to remind them, because I want them to do it on their own, but even I get tired of hearing myself say, “Clothes down the chute.” Not sure how to correct this.

  40. I just have to remember to look in the hamper the next day for shoes because my 3 yo is so good about putting everything in there :)

  41. Growing up we had a hamper in the upstairs bathroom. When I was little I could fit inside it. It made for good natured fun, hiding in it, then jumping out and scarring my brother. Of course one time I thought it was my brother in the bathroom but alas, I jumped out of the hamper like a stripper out of the cake and scared the holy crap out of my mom.

    My mom made me carry 3 carry on bags on a trip when I was 11 and they weighed more than me. We are totally even.

  42. And for your next trick – will you tell me how to get my husband to put away his clothes? Like, the clean ones? I refuse to be that wife who puts away her husbands’ clothes! Hah.

    (He is awesome and cleans a lot – I don’t want to come off as insulting him for not putting away his clothes. We’ve talked at LENGTH about it. He just doesn’t value it. Do I give up?)
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  43. My 13 y.o.’s bedroom is right next to her bathroom. She has an identical open-top laundry basket in each room. If she’s in the bathroom when she gets undressed, she puts her dirty clothes in the basket, but if she’s in her bedroom, she drops them on the floor or throws them on her bed. I still haven’t figured that one out!

  44. What to do when the hamper is in the bathroom right next to the tub and the clothes still go on the floor. Ah well…boys….clothes on the floor are invisible to them

  45. Always try to put things at the point of first use! :) Your blog looks so pretty!

    However — teach the children to put their own clothes in the hamper! They love it. Think about it — we buy them sorting toys and then let them leave their clothes on the floor? Silly.

    Even a two-year old can chuck the things in the hamper :)

  46. “Do I work for the house or does the house work for me?” That’s a mini paradigm shift. Thanks.

  47. My partner was prone to leaving socks, underwear, and used towels on the floor of the bathroom. I was prone to tripping over them in my midnight trips to the bathroom. Surprisingly, putting a hamper right outside the door (there wasn’t room inside) worked remarkably well because he’d pick everything up as he walked out of the room–but apparently walking an extra 10-30 feet with those things in his hands was just too much!

    He also had a tendency (when we lived in a clothing-optional/clothing-minimal household and had a room upstairs) to come home and immediately take off his work pants and button-up shirt in the kitchen/living room and leave them on a chair. Even when he immediately went upstairs for his after-work routine in the bathroom. Driving me batty. I got a coat rack and did manage to convince him to put them on one of the hooks on the coat rack that was designated for his work clothes. Now that spot is on the back of our bathroom door. If he didn’t get them there, I just kind of consider it the price of admission (like the pile or shoes on my side of the bed that he picks up every day or two so I don’t trip on them and so he can vacuum), but at least he knows where to find them if they aren’t where he left them.

  48. This is a great principle I learned from The House That Cleans Itself (Yep, I have a Ph.D. in psychology, but I needed a book to tell me how to get my kids to clean up after themselves). The problem with my kids is they’re hard core. They will drop their clothes right next to the basket and blink at you in a confused stupor when you ask why they didn’t put them IN the basket. I’m impressed that it’s not a big deal to you. I’ve been close to a mental breakdown over it. ;-)
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  49. As always, I love your blog. You have beautiful pictures and wonderful tips. It’s funny to think sometimes, how a simple thing can lead to big and wonderful change. This is such a great example.
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  50. I have a hard enough time remembering to put my own clothes in the hamper. My hubby is the one who is not-so-paitently trying to get me to follow the rules…
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  51. I find clothes all over the house. I have not been a very good role model for my kids. My husband I share what I like to call a high tolerance for mess. Every now and then I’ll gather socks (and shoes) from the living room, a shirt off the kitchen table in the morning (see, that might change if I actually put the clothes they are changing into in their rooms instead of in a basket in my bedroom), clothes right next to the hamper in the bathroom. I just shrug it off. My kids are pretty good about their own rooms–they both have hampers and seem to understand what they are for! But when they are distracted, they just can’t be bothered, and they come by that honestly!
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  52. I love the comments on this post! I wanted to say “Me, too!” to so many of them. My mom-in-law does the baskets in the bathroom thing. Our bathroom is so small it isn’t an option. A while ago I moved my husband’s laundry basket to where he tends to drop his clothes and now at least half of them make it in! I’ve also come to peace with the Will Wear Again pile. We have an odd arm chair in our bedroom that my husband inherited from his grandfather and it is now the official Will Wear Again location. Between the basket and the chair, most of his clothes are off the floor. When I am ready to do laundry I ask him to sort his clothes and he does. We don’t have a washer or dryer, so doing the laundry is a once a week occasion and he appreciates that I usually spend 8+ hours doing our laundry elsewhere (Mom’s house is cheaper than the Laundromat, but significantly more time-intensive).