Are you keeping duplicate items in your closet?

I’ve always heard that if you have two pairs of jeans (or any kind of clothes), that you’ll get longer life out of them by alternating them on a daily basis instead of wearing one pair until they wear out and then wearing the second pair. Many people make this claim when they’re justifying holding onto four of the exact same black shirt, or whatever multiple of a piece of clothing that is taking up space in their closet. Unfortunately, after many days researching this very topic, I have yet to find a single piece of scientific evidence to support the extended-life claim.

Each piece of clothing you own has a limited life cycle. Natural fabrics are made of predominantly short fibers (sheep fur, rabbit fur, flax shafts, cotton) that eventually break down and unwind over time (for example, pills on a sweater). Man-made fibers are longer and more durable (rayon is a single, long, silk-thread-like product), but they can and will eventually show damage. Wearing, washing, and drying fabrics damage fibers, plain and simple. (Even storing fabrics can damage fibers if under poor conditions.)

Think of it like a math equation:

Life Cycle = X wearings + Y washings + Z dryings

The Life Cycle is a set number that doesn’t change if the days come in succession or not. A cotton t-shirt is going to reach its Life Cycle after something like 200 wearings, washings, and dryings. It doesn’t matter if those 200 wearings, washings, and dryings happen over 200 days in a row or 200 days spread out over two years; you’re only going to be able to wear your t-shirt on 200 occasions before it reaches the end of its Life Cycle.

Hanging clothes on a drying line instead of putting them in the dryer can extend the length of your clothes because the fibers in your fabrics won’t get beat up going round and round in the metal drum (high heat also does damage to fibers). Hand-washing is also better on fabrics than machine washing, but not significantly (the enzymes in detergents still take a toll on fibers). And, you can get a little more life out of your clothes by wearing them more than once (I’m thinking jeans, not underwear) between launderings. But, bacteria, dirt, and mites damage clothes, too, so washing your clothes extends their life cycle (in comparison to not washing them ever).

Ultimately, a piece of clothing has a set life cycle and alternating or rotating its wear doesn’t change that fact. Knowing this, do you feel more comfortable letting go of duplicate items of the exact same piece of clothing in your closet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

P.S. As far as I can tell, the above information is also true for all shoe materials except for leather. For some biological reason, animal skins have a shrinkage period that can improve the life cycle of your leather shoes if given a day to dry out and rest. So, you might get a few more days or weeks of wear out of a pair of leather shoes if you wear them every other day instead of every day. Again, this only seems to be true for shoes made of real leather.

50 Comments for “Are you keeping duplicate items in your closet?”

  1. posted by Susan on

    I hate shoppiing, and find it very difficult to find trousers that fit me well, so when I do find a pair that fits well, i buy several of the same style (often in different colours). This saves me having to go shopping again for a longer period of time! so for me its not so much about extending the life of the piece of clothing, as extending the time until I need to acquire clothing again.

  2. posted by charissa on

    I’m with Susan on this one.
    I’ve never heard the argument that buying duplicates makes clothing last longer, but rather it lengthens the time before you need to shop for replacements.
    If you find it difficult to find clothes which fit you well, I don’t see the problem with buying copies (although I admit mine are usually in different colours) of the same flattering item.
    Considering most peple have a fairly narrow rotation of what they actually wear in their closet, why not fill it with things you know look good?

  3. posted by Scarlett De Bease on

    Talk about timing. I posted yesterday on my blog, http://scarlettnewyork.blogspot.com
    that having duplicates is also a waste of money, let alone closet space!

  4. posted by me on

    Another reason to keep duplicates is so you won’t have to do laundry every day. If you have only one pair of jeans and it gets dirty, where will you be ? If you need a white shirt and only have one and you spilled something on it ?

    Also, I prefer to keep a stash of new clothes, bought on sale, then use the old ones until they wear out. Clutter means a mess, if you have nice organized shelves, is that wrong ?

  5. posted by Melissa on

    I’m also with Susan on this. I, too, have a very difficult time finding pants that fit. When I do, I will buy several of them, especially if they are on sale or clearance (case in point, 5 pairs of khakis from the Gap a few weeks ago on clearance for $15 a pair). One or two go into the closet rotation, the rest are in a storage box under the bed for when the first wear out. I seem to always be buying khakis in the same style, so I’m not worried about the trends changing from year to year. And I just despise shopping in general, so it makes things easier for me.

    I will add the caveat that my storage box for these items is not massive by any stretch, which keeps the amount of extras purchased to a minimum. I also don’t do this for all clothing items- pretty much just khakis, black dress pants (always needed) and polo shirts that I find on sale/clearance.

  6. posted by Kate on

    I work from home, and wear my jeans every day. I need at least 3 pair to get me through the week until laundry day – it would clutter my life too much to run a load of laundry whenever I ran out of clothes. Likewise for shorts and capri jeans for summer or spring.

    I have very few wearable dress-up items, and it seems that each time I am looking for my classy black halter top with the built-in bra, it is waiting in the laundry from the last weekend. If Addition-Elle ever had those tops again, I would buy 3 of each colour. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. posted by Evil economist on

    Hi there,
    good post. You simply cannot extend life time by over-using.

    But please dont forget to weigh economies of scale vs. uncluttering.

    By having about more than two weeks stock of socks, t-shirts and underwear, I just wash them only every fortnight or so.

    I realize the economies of scale not only by washing and saving water, detergent and electricity but I save also time (sorting stuff, preparing the washing machine, hanging clothes, collecting, folding. ect)

    Cheers!

  8. posted by whyioughtta on

    Good post–sort of relates to “quality over quantity” as well.

    I have to admit, though: I do have one black crew-neck sweater that I wish I’d bought many multiples of, because it is my absolute favourite–I can wear it with anything from jeans to a ball gown. I wouldn’t alternate, though; I’d wear one until it wore out and then switch to the next one.

    In practice, I never buy duplicates. I love to search for unique pieces, so shopping’s a pleasure and not a chore for me.

  9. posted by A Conceited Jerk on

    I’m going to have to disagree a bit.

    As noted, suits degrade somewhat with every dry cleaning, so the less dry cleaning, the better. Alternating suits allows suits to air out naturally, thereby minimizing the amount of dry cleaning necessary. For example, a suit worn successively three days in a row will probably need to be dry cleaned at the end of the three days. But a suit worn three times, once a week for three weeks, will air out during the six days between each wearing (assuming the right air climate) and will not need dry cleaning at the end of the period.

  10. posted by Anna on

    My socks are totally duplicates!

    Seriously, though, I have some duplicates that are total classics like jeans or a black pencil skirt. This ensures there is always a clean one when I need it, while keeping the laundry cycle reasonable.

    As for tops, why buy duplicates when it’s so much more fun to wear different ones?

  11. posted by Hannah on

    I think a lot of people do this with shoes, and not just leather ones.

    Running shoes with space age foamy material in the sole get squishy over time from your hot sweaty feet, and you have to shell out a lot of money for a new pair. If you have two pairs and alternate when you use them, each pair has time to get nice and solid again between uses. (P.S. I’m not a runner but I wear running shoes for comfort.)

  12. posted by SUZANNE on

    I am a firm believer in duplicates for many of the reasons listed here – saving on laundry costs/time; decreasing dry cleaning/environmental pollution also?; and allowing shoes/sneakers to rebound between uses. Changing shoes is also beneficial for your feet.
    Naturally there are some who duplicate to excess – or reduce to excess. It is wise to remember the caveat “everything in moderation”!

  13. posted by ziggee on

    My few years ago dh had 3 pairs of work pants that he wore 5 days aweek for work and they wore out faster. Years ago I bought hime 5 pairs of pants for work for 5 days and they last longer.

    Zig

  14. posted by Pieter on

    I understand your explanation, but your mathematical formula is a little off… Lifecycle = wearings + washings + dryings would mean the lifecycle of a product increases as it’s washed and dried and worn more often. I guess it would be more like :

    Life left = number of times worn – ((washings + drying) * quality_factor)

    I’ve added quality as a variable that increases the possible wearings. Some types of cotton (or wool, or synthetics) will last longer then others. You’re explanation still goes, though…

  15. posted by Anne on

    I often find it difficult to find a pair of pants that fit well and look good, and I hear the same complaint from many women as the clothing designed for women usually changes every year and sizing is never standard. It makes a lot of sense to buy at least two pairs at a time and alternate wearing them, especially for laundry purposes. I’d also have to agree that it helps avoid frequent shopping trips. Tops are probably a different case, but I feel there are good reasons to have duplicate pants, especially jeans.

  16. posted by ldh on

    Others have said it, but I concur. This is not about allowing my jeans to last more than X amount of wearings, this is about allowing me to only shop once a year when I find jeans that will fit my wild inseam. Instead of wearing one pair to death (and then finding them quickly not nice enough for jean Friday), I buy two of the same style (before they change/discontinue), keep one just for jean Friday at work and other “nicer” occasions, and the other for barbeque, camping, chores, volunteering, etc.

    Of course, having two pair of jeans is different from having a cluttering 10 pair, but still, I would venture that is what most people mean when they say “last longer,” time throughout the year, not actual wearings.

  17. posted by Sheena on

    I too have difficulty finding clothes that fit me. Especially pants. And even when I find a style at a store that suits me, often that following year that style is discontinued for something else.

    So I buy jeans in pairs. I also buy basics in pairs but different colors. Such as my camis. Because I layer my clothes a lot, I buy two to three different colors of basics such as that.

    I have a rule that when I buy something I must get rid of something though. Its painful because I’ve gotten rid of things I liked…but really, I like everything in my closet. But I never want to overstuff it.

    So if someone buys their clothes in bulk because they think it will last longer. Maybe that’s not scientifically proven.

    But to cut down on the hassle of not finding what fits me, to keep from washing everyday…especially when I have to pay for it….I buy multiples of a few things.

    And its true what Anna said…if this is the case. Maybe we should only have one pair of socks and one pair of underwear as well then. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. posted by julianne on

    I’ve read that elastic, like leather, needs a day to recover between uses to help it last longer. Anyone know if that’s true?

    I’m with the keepers of dupes too–just jeans in my case. I have two pairs of the same perfect jeans so that I’ll always have a clean one. And wish I’d bought more of them for when these ones die. I don’t have a clothes dryer so if I had only one pair I’d be out of luck for a day while they dried. (I also wear almost exclusively black shirts, and have more than one of those, but they are all different.)

  19. posted by EngineerMom on

    I’m with several of the commenters – I have trouble finding clothes that fit right, and I only go clothes-shopping a few times per year. When I find a pair of pants that fits, I buy 2 or 3 pairs. I prefer to buy them in different neutral tones (one black, one dark grey, for example), but I will buy truly identical pairs if that’s what’s available.

    It depends what you mean by “duplicate”. If you’re referring to articles that are literally identical – same cut, length, color, etc., I would say no more than two of a kind. Your wardrobe should be interconnected – more than one top matching more than one bottom (skirt, pants, etc.), so changing in the event of baby spit-up or a spill should only entail changing the article that’s been dirtied. If your wardrobe is not that coordinated, that’s a different issue than whether or not you have two of the same fabulous black skirt.

    Referring to the airing out suits thing – it would be possible to do that with 3 or 4 different suits, not just identical Men-in-Black-esque uniform suits.

  20. posted by Wulf Forrester-Barker on

    I’ve got socks with days of the week (Mon-Fri) marked on them. My first set lasted about a year, with a judicious amount of darning, worn pretty much all the time I was wearing socks on weekdays.

    My second set is still going strong after a year and a half. This time round I’ve been changing them when I’ve got home in the evenings. I’ve done a bit of darning but not much.

    On average, that is probably about four hours less wear per day but six months more of washing between each wear. I think this indicates that overwearing can be destructive, certainly with my sweaty feet!

  21. posted by Eleanor W. Craig on

    I have at least eight pairs of jeans that immediately come to mind. Make that nine- one pair is so worn I only use them for gardening. Of the other eight, I had the unbelievable fortune to find THREE DIFFERENT brands and styles of jeans that fit me, at a western wear store, of all places. So, I have two higher waisted pairs for “Dressier” occasions, one longer for boots, one shorter for flats. I have four pairs in two different low rise brands/styles, again in each, one longer, one shorter. Then there are several black pairs following the same logic. Once I find a style that fits, I buy from eBay for greater savings. Having this many blue jeans means I don’t have to wash a less than full load simply because “I am out of jeans.”

  22. posted by Anita on

    I’m with you on this one, Erin, but for a slightly different reason. I don’t believe in having duplicates just because I like more variety in my clothes. So while I have at least 5 pairs of jeans, they’re all different cuts/colours/styles. The only things I have duplicates of are camisoles (can’t have too many coulours of those) and maybe one or two tops where I couldn’t decide which colour I liked better.

    @Hannah: never thought of that, for my running shoes, and I was wondering why mine were getting worn out faster than I’d expect (running/cross-training 6 times a week does that, I guess). I may just buy 2 pairs next time and alternate them. Thanks for the tip!

  23. posted by Denise on

    Julianne, at one of the bra shops that I go to, I was told specifically not to wear the bra two days in a row, and to let it rest for a day between wearings to give the elastic time to recover.

    I don’t know if it’s strictly true or not, but it works for me. I have two bras (odd size=expensive bra) and I wear one and have the other airing out or dripping dry after being handwashed.

  24. posted by mary b on

    I do keep duplicates of the most basic items like white & black Tees and jeans.
    This is not for the purported longer wear factor, just the convenience of always having a clean item available since they are staples in my wardrobe.
    I agree with others if you are hard to fit for a certain item (for me it is pants & shoes)then it makes sense to double up to have good fitting items (and shop less!). For example when I needed business attire and found great shoes I would buy 2 black, 1 navy and 1 bone color in the style.

  25. posted by Sandy on

    I buy duplicates of clothes that I like because when I go back to try to find them again, I can’t because the manufacturer has stopped making them.

  26. posted by ga on

    When you like it and it fits, buy as many as you can afford. (Of course, this advice isn’t for people who like to shop, or who like a lot of variety.) At a minimum, three. Didn’t the army have a slogan along the lines of “one to wear, one to wash, one in case”?

    On wool pilling: Use a sweater shaver to remove the pills (careful! don’t press too hard). They will not come back. (New ones may appear, but fewer.) Pilling is when individual fibers work their way out of the spun thread.

  27. posted by Haley J. on

    I think this makes sense. However, I used to keep a couple multiple-items in my closet because I wore them several times a week. My work uniform, if you will. I had three pair of the same black pants, which got worn to work for three days, then laundry got done. All got washed, and they were ready for the next week. I think the key is that I wasn’t stockpiling; I would have had three different pairs of slacks, but I like the fit and cut of those so much I just got a few.

  28. posted by V. Higgins on

    I second Mary B, I’ve been told that allowing bras to ‘rest’ a day between wearings helps them last longer and from my own experience I would definitely say that’s true (I’ve had bras wear out within about 3 months if I’m wearing them consistently).

  29. posted by Jim on

    Lots of opinions on this one! I’ll weigh in with something I haven’t seen mentioned yet.

    If you have more than one pair of (let’s say) jeans, you’re likely going to wear that pair fewer times before washing than if you only have one pair (because you have another pair to wear until you do wash them). If you wear a pair of jeans too many days in a row, the dirt and oil will wear down the fabric cumulatively, so washing regularly is important. Too regularly, of course, can hurt, though.

    But having two of one item is hardly cluttered or extravagant. I’ve often thought of having 10 of the same shirt and pants, and just wearing the same thing everyday.

  30. posted by Shani on

    I tried this last year. I ended up blowing out one of two pairs of jeans, and because I couldn’t really afford it, only had one pair of jeans for about 6 months. They DID wear out faster, mostly because I was washing them much more frequently. It also left me in a really bad place the day they finally ripped and needed to be replaced immediately. I’d rather keep two pairs on hand of anything that wardrobe essential. Note I did not say to keep 6 pairs on hand.

    I am also one of those people who buys 3 pairs of pants when I find a pair that suits, so maybe my perspective is different.

    On bras, if you rinse them in the sink in cold water after each wearing it will preserve the life of the elastic. This I find to be quite true.

  31. posted by gypsy packer on

    Wearing work shoes on alternate days definitely lengthens their working life. I also use gel insoles plus a disposable foam sole on top of the gel sole, for better wear and comfort. Buy duplicate socks and gloves and you’ll have no unusable “orphans”.

    If you like something and you find it on sale, purchase duplicates, because you’ll probably never find it again. If it’s comfortable, stylish, and cheap, manufacturers will take it off the market as soon as they discover its virtues.

  32. posted by Marie on

    I have to go with Eleanor on this one: hemming for different shoes means I buy duplicates of most-loved pants and jeans. Otherwise, my choices are walking around with high waters half the time or tripping over a ragged seam half the time.

  33. posted by Rue on

    I bought one sweater last winter that I loved. A few days later, I went back and bought another in a different color. A couple of weeks later I wanted some more, but went back and they were gone. ๐Ÿ™

    I’ll buy duplicates of something if it’s something I love and wear often, and if I’m not sure whether or not the manufacturer will continue to make it.

    My grandma, however, will find a pair of shoes she likes and buy three pairs in different colors, and I think that’s just a little much considering the amount of shoes she has. If it’s something you’re going to wear often then stockpiling is great…but if it’s just a once-in-a-while thing (like a fancy dress) stockpiling is pointless.

  34. posted by Erika on

    This site has previously suggested creating a daily laundry schedule, and I guess this post explains why. As others have noted, if you have duplicates, you don’t have to do laundry as often, only once a week or, in my case, every other week. Doing too many chores or the same chores too often is lifestyle clutter.

  35. posted by Aimee on

    Having duplicates extends the period (or life) of a garment in my closet. Yes, there are only so many wearings, but having multiples of a garment means you can stretch those wearings over a longer period of time.

    If my jeans only have 200 wearings in them and I only buy one, I am going to wear them out in about 6 months of wearing them Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But if I buy 2 pairs of jeans, then my jeans will last a year. I’m still only getting 200 wearings each, but I don’t have to buy new jeans every 6 months. Having an extra pair of jeans is certainly less clutter in my life than having to go out and buy jeans every 6 months (also, less traumatic)

    Also, as some one above pointed out, it’s useful to have duplicates of basic you wear a lot – white t shirts, black pants, etc. Certainly, you shouldn’t have more of these than days in a week you’ll wear them. If you only wear jeans on the weekend, you don’t need really need more than 3 pairs.

  36. posted by Erin Doland on

    Obviously I completely failed at explaining myself in the article. Duplicates = the exact same item (same manufacturer, same product number, same color). Having three pair of jeans in different styles is not a duplicate.

    I think it’s fine to wear a uniform, and I also think it’s fine to wear something different every day. It’s a matter of personal preference. Just don’t be kidding yourself that you’re making your clothes “last longer” by alternating them. Every piece of clothing has a Life Cycle and how many days in succession you wear a piece of clothing doesn’t change how many occasions you’re going to be able to wear it. People hoard clothes for this reason, and it’s never good to hoard anything. If you’re not hoarding clothes and your closet is organized and free of clutter, don’t worry about it.

  37. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Erika — This site has never suggested a daily laundry schedule for a single individual. The article I’m assuming your referring to suggests a daily laundry schedule for a LARGE family (like six or seven).

    In this article, I talk about how a family of two can get by on doing laundry Monday and Thursday evenings:
    http://unclutterer.com/2007/05.....dry-chaos/

    Same with this article:
    http://unclutterer.com/2008/12.....n-wrap-up/

    It’s only in this article that I mention a nightly schedule if you have a family of FOUR OR LARGER:
    http://unclutterer.com/2009/01.....each-week/

  38. posted by another sue on

    I use my dryer in the summer! Almost everything gets hung out during the other seasons. But where I live, I have found that chiggers and ticks cannot survive the dryer cycle, although they do quite well in the washing machine. Therefore, once the insect population explodes? The dryer gets used. I hate it, but I hate being chewed on even more. I believe this illustrates the phrase “there’s a method to my madness”.

  39. posted by OogieM on

    Well since hubby and I wear the same jeans, we have about 10 identical pairs between us. We wear the same ones several days in a row before washing and need enough so that we can wait until there is a full load of laundry to do.

    David Attenborough has a plethora of blue shirts & khaki pants, so that film taken of him can be cut with film taken even years later and still look ok. Duplicates may serve a useful purpose.

  40. posted by Marie on

    I find that alternating days with my shoes — especially leather ones — keeps them from stinking permanently.

  41. posted by gillian on

    You’re not supposed to hang your knits to dry or to store, because they can lose their shape. After washing (preferably by hand) you roll them in a towel and squeeze/step on the towel to remove most of the water, and then lay them flat on the floor/table on a dry towel in the right shape. To store they should be folded in a drawer. This is what I have been taught, anyways.

  42. posted by Julie H. on

    I don’t think what you are writing about and in your comment is quite the same as what people are commenting about. I still am confused even after you tried clarifying.

    I have duplicate pairs of pants because it’s a pain to spend time and gasoline shopping. If I find something that fits and works, why not buy a second pair? Even with your calculation alternating them does mean I can wear them for a LONGER period of time. Yes with washing and all they eventually wear out, but then you have to remember that even if I was alternated two different pairs of pants they still would most likely last the same as two pairs of pants that are the same. Unless they were bad material.

    And since when I find an article of clothing that works well that I get more of one of, I don’t clutter up my closet with a bunch of clothing I hardly ever wear. So in reality, having duplicates that I do wear is much better than a larger number of items that I don’t wear. I mean your blog is about uncluttering, sometimes being simplistic is one way to not be cluttered.

    So I’m not throwing out my duplicates just because you think that’s the way to be uncluttered. The logic of that is flawed.

  43. posted by dbneeley on

    Two points:

    First, your clothing will last *much* longer if you use a horizontal-axis clothes washer (most commonly a front loader). They rinse better, and tiny particles of sand and soap crystals–both of which have very sharp, cutting facets–are reduced substantially.

    Next–there is a difference, I think, between reasonable numbers of duplicates of classic, wear-everywhere clothing and duplicates of things that aren’t worn often. Working in corporate life, I often wore “business casual” outfits of khaki pants and blue pinpoint oxford. So, I had duplicates. These days, it’s more often jeans–so, again, I have several pair so I needn’t worry about having a clean pair handy.

    However, I have rather ruthlessly gone through my closets in the past year and reduced the clothing substantially…and don’t miss the things that are gone. It’s time to do it again–and I will give away anything I haven’t worn in the last year as surplus to my needs. The result is the closet is much less crowded, which is also better for the remaining clothes.

  44. posted by Al on

    When it comes to leather shoes, you’ll get a whole lot more than a few weeks out of wearing them every second day. Moisture is death to leather, hot salty acidic moisture like foot sweat doubly so.

    Provided you store them somewhere where they can actually breathe and dry out properly, wearing shoes every second day rather than every day will easily *double* their lifespan, more if you take care of them well and don’t use wax-based polishes (which stop the leather breathing and compound the moisture problem), etc.

    http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/main/maintenance.htm

  45. posted by Kalani on

    Shops change their sizes and cuts all the time, and it is very frustrating to go back after the perfect pair of jeans wears out only to find that their new model just doesn’t work for you. The same is true with shirts– women don’t come in one scale of sizes so a good, fitting button-down blouse is often really hard to find. This means that when I find something that is perfect, like a blouse that fits, I’ll often buy the exact same cut in more than one color. Next time it won’t be there.

    I buy duplicates of socks because I’m lazy and don’t like to spend time matching them up properly.

    This really only saves time washing if you do your wash according to your clothes limit and not according to the size of your washer. One load of clothes takes the same amount of time to accumulate whether they are copies or not. The same is true for postponing shopping– six identical shirts will wear out over the same period of time as six different shirts; the difference is in how you look over those six days. Why not just have fun with it?

  46. posted by Smallweed on

    I remember the horror of shopping with my mother as a picky teenager, and her suggesting I buy “a coupla pair” of the same pants. Unbelievable! The very idea!

    Now I am just the same, if I find something I like I buy it in multiples. I’ve even worn the same casual shoe style for over 10 years now……when I see it on sale, I buy a “coupla pair” and stash them in my closet for when the current pair wears out.

    Amazing.

  47. posted by Tabatha on

    i tend to wear T-shirt and comfy pants when i am not at work so i bought the 10 of the same purple shirt from target b/c it was on clearance at a really cheap price, and they are great for wearing around the house or going out or whatever(not dressy but comfortable). i don’t own my own washer and dryer and live in an apartment where i can’t buy one so doing laundry is a hassle even with the Wonderwash(http://www.laundry-alternative.com/wonderwash.htm), so i like have duplicates b/c it simplifies my wardrobe and i can go to the laundry mat less, or not wash clothes every day with my wonderwash(which i use mainly in winter when going to the laundry mat really sucks).

  48. posted by Jay on

    @Pieter,

    You wrote, “Life left = number of times worn – ((washings + drying) * quality_factor)”

    Hmmmm. According to your formula, all else being equal, clothes worn 100 times will have more “life left” than clothes worn 50 times.

  49. posted by Alice on

    Gotta comment… One to wash, one to wear, one to spare. I have over 38 pair of white (you can bleach ’em) socks that are all same style and over 20 pair of black socks that are all the same style. I am not going to get into my clothing choices, although pretty much eclectic. For me uncluttering is all about saving time, be it laundry, shoping, sorting, put-away or deciding time. As far as buying the same style shirt in multiple colors, YES! I do it. If something fits perfect You better get it while you can, but only if it is a replacement for something you are letting out of your life. Love this site, great inspiration & very thought provoking in a good way. Thanks!

  50. posted by Lain on

    I had been advised to do this with bras from the salesperson at an upscale department store. She said to rotate them and handwash them between wearings.

    I think this makes a lot of sense for items with “give” as it might allow the item of clothing to regain its natural shape between wearings, or to dry/air out.

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