Wellness Challenge: Put Things Away

“Clothes too dirty for the closet but too clean for the laundry: welcome the CHAIR.”

I came across this quote on Instagram a few weeks back and thought, YUP, pretty much! Who else is guilty of this? And if you’re not, I envy you!

After seeing that quote, I immediately shared it with friends and family who I knew it would resonate with. Mid-sharing, I realized that the one person I couldn’t show the quote to was my own husband. He does NOT toss his worn clothes on our chair, he puts his things back nicely every evening and in fact, the entire heaping pile of clothing that covers our chair in the exact spot where he generally likes to sit to take off his shoes, was covered in my crap. Does this make me a bad wife? Absolutely not, but it doesn’t make me a great roommate and more importantly, this pile, and the other piles I make around our house, weigh us down and take away from having a zen place to come home to. So, I challenge you this:

Challenge: Put things away.

As Marie Kondo says, if you put every item in a place where it’s visible, accessible, and easy to grab and then always put it back, you will reach the nirvana of housekeeping, and never have to clean again. Or in other words, if you put your crap away after you use it, your space is always neat. So, I challenge you to put everything away after you use it or wear it this week. Yes, including the clothes that are too dirty for the closet but too clean for the laundry.

This small change can help alleviate the anxiety you have around needing to clean up, will make getting ready easier since everything will be in its place, and your home will look more beautiful. Wins all around!

Good luck to those who are taking this challenge on! Please know I’ll be struggling through this one right there with you. XX

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  1. Oh my gosh, I have never related to something more, haha. My husband is always telling me the “mess” I get so stressed out about in our apartment is really just piles of my things – jackets I wear (I change them daily), and OF COURSE, the pile on TOP of our wicker hamper of the clothes that are “too dirty to put in the closet, too clean to put in the hamper.” This past week I’ve really been making an effort to put everything away before bed. I’m so much more relaxed in a space that is clutter free.

    My question is – what do do with the dirty/not dirty clothes?!


  2. I love this!! I really do feel so much better when things are put away but I fall into this so easily! I’m going to try to practice the nirvana of housecleaning 🙂

  3. My husband too… I stared at the chair this morning and hoped somehow he wouldn’t notice it. Challenge accepted!

  4. When I got married to my super neatnik husband, I tried this. With kids, I am lucky to be wearing something clean and/or a bra. If you plan to have children, master it before they arrive. I’ll master it later…for now, long live the chair!

  5. Yes, I completely identify with this. The chair. Every morning I think, another day, another chance to not let things pile on the chair again… but I’ve yet to be successful. At least it’s good to have goals right?
    Chic on the Cheap

  6. That is my biggest organizing challenge! I try to fold the clothes so it’d feel less messy but the chair gets cramped in the blink of an eye. The question is where to keep them instead?

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