Dear Pretty Messy,
Oh I do identify with that. I also live my clothing life skipping in between a chairdrobe, a floordrobe and my wardrobe! But the truth is that if your home and your self are reasonably groomed, falling from your body to the floor and back again should not mean that clothes get dirty.
There is a big difference between dirty and slightly dusty, and I can tell you after years of practice that clothes that live on the floor will just need a light shake before being ready for service.
The thing is, the act of picking up your clothes from the floor and shoving them in the washing machine WITHOUT thoroughly inspecting for real dirt such as proper stains and actually smelly B.O., isn’t just lazy – it’s bad for the planet. We know the environmental toll that washing our clothes too frequently has on our environment. And that toll is becoming increasingly measurable: from microplastics that are shed each time we wash polyester, to residues of toxic dyes and the harsh impact of detergents, washing may clean your clothes, but it contaminates everybody else’s life via our public waterways.
Furthermore, clothes that are too frequently washed are also likely to age prematurely, and that will make you less inclined to want to keep them.