I have made a little drawing for you what works for us:
going from the bottom
- washer and dryer
- next there is a shelow shelf that holds handy and ready dishwashing powder, liquid, iron etc..
- then you have first level of shelf with baskets
- then you have second shelf with baskets
what is important is to watch how you sort things, what you wash together with what and this is your
typical sort of things. Now,it is true that you don't need to go by KIND of things but rather with
colors and how you wash them.
- I save time by not throwing it all on the loundry floor but rather putting the basket with colors
- on the top of the dryer, open my washer and pick and throw all alike-colors that can go to the cold water.
- I have separate baskets for obviously most frequently accumulating loundry that in our family are whites, blacks and pinks.. all our bedding and underwear and socks are white so all they go there..
- I have lots of pinks so pinks have separate basket
- I have so many colors that it would not make sense to have each basket for each color
- I have lots of black items so they all go to one basket.
How I manage my loundry process:
- I always start with picking one basket and putting it irght on the dryer, open the washer and fill it with detergent and water and as it fills I trown in my loundry.. first pick what is obivious, easy and a lot.. Usually I start with white wash in hot water as this enmass most of our loundry.. sometimes I am done with one load, if not then I continue with another after I finish white hot wash.
- Then I look for trouble areas :) I go with whatever I can wash in cold water together.. so usually pink goes first as tehre is lots of pinks.. it usually takes one load
- Then I put my colors on the dryer and pick all the colors that can go togehter into the warm water and get esily wash and dried together..
this usually takes three loads as some colors won't liek the others :) I will pick enough of blues to go together, enough of khakis to fill another load, you get the pictures.. All my colors are there the jeans, the things..
4. I might have a basket for good shirts of hubby if he has them and uses them if he is not using the service outside on hte way to work..
5. I always keep one basket for kitchen towels and other things that stink. Towels naturally have some food contact from hands or wipes or kids hands.. so they always are bit smelly therefore I would never wash them with other loundry.
6. After the easy things are done I will happily look at all my empty baskets and I have left is only the fancy hand wash or other special treatment items.. I will find there my silk blouse, or my linnen pants that need to be either hand wash or cold wash and hanged to dry.. or my special bras or alikes..
So that is how it is done... When I attack the loundry room I always start the first wash, then it goes to the dryer, then I put second wash in and usually by it is done the first wash is still drying, so I set a basket with wet second load on the top of the dryer in a waiting line.. as the third wash is washing.. by the time the first load is done, the second goes into the washer, and the cycles goes on..
I do not fold and put away things right away either.. my trick is - I take each basket to the bedroom and on the flat nicely made bed I sort quickly
things by person and by kind and put them flat - so .. kiddos tshirts kiddos pants, kiddos jeans, hubby tshirts, my tshirts..
the flat piles lie there and wait for all loads to be done and piled up flatly on the top of eachother.
then I bring hangers to the bedroom, hang everything on them and take them to respective closets per person..
then I bring the ironing board, turn on tv, seat on the edge of the bed, take pile of tshirts closer to me on the bed and fold them easy peasy
on the ironing board as I watch tv Ironing board gives me perfect size reference how big the fold must be to fit where it should so each
tshirt is folded in the same width, neatest and effortless.
I love my system because I don't have to do big loundry days to do what I need to do. I can just do whites today, and only cold water, or only
hot water ones, or other day just black cold water things that have to be airfluffed and not hot dried...
it is really easy system.
Works like a charm. Now - I know that it is tempting to buy a washer and dryer with that huge under the washer and dryer drayer
postument basis. In my humble opinion they are waste of space and disturbing in the loundry process unless you have huge
loundry room and have counter top elswhere and some sorting system for your baskets.
otherwise there is NO More efficient way then if you have your baskets right above the washer and dryer, and
when you can set them on the top of them as you need, and the washer and dryer top should be not on your eye level
because then obviously you cant use them as work space.
I also abasolutely despise the dividing hanging deep pocket multi pocket loundry sorters, they are just bad,
they hinder the process as you can not access the items easily once you put them, you need normal
cheap loundry baskets instadt hat you can stack if you need to, that you can pick garment easily
that you can dig in to find something on the bottom, that you can simply use fast and quickly.
The deep sorters are nice looking and that is all. They really are not great to work with and they
do not give you the flexibility to take just the things you need. And.. just try to set that thing
on the top of the dryer so you can dump the thins from it to the washer. Good luck :)
I have my ironning board set in the space next to the washer on one side, and the
vacuum cleaner on the other. My iron is on the shallow about 7 inches deep shelf
above as you see.
OH btw.. we have wire shelve height adjustable system that is cheap, easy to
install and you can change them as you wish.
I used to love to have the closed cabinets like in the kitchen in the loundry room
above the washer and dryer but I ended up taking them off and having
open access easy and fast as I designed them as you see and what works for me.
I am not afraid to make a change if it is not working for me. I know how I work
and I observe how I work and I make a mental notes and then after I got
picture of how I use the space, I adjust it accordingly, therefore the cabinets
had to go. I could only store there the many chemicals I never used in the first place
and my baskets and sorters were taking up the floor space and made a mess..
Oh btw.. I don't need that much of the shelf space for my detergent needs anways
because trying to keep healthy and green we only use Green detergent in powder
form - Seven Generation, free of perfumes and dyes and other stuff,
we have always one liquid detergent for delicate stuff also by seven generation
and also free of dyes and perfumes and then I have always one bottle
of dishwashing liquid in the loundry room also by seven generation - you guessed
it , I like them hahaha..
but you wonder why dishwashing liquid??? okay, becuase it is safe on anything
from silk to rags, and it is all I need to take those stubborn greasy spots and stains
that sometimes you find after you did that loundry and dried that shirt and still find them!
I usually check kid's shirts for any greseay spots and just pour bit of the dishowasing
liquid right on the spot, then squash the shirt and dump it into the loundry with other
things that is safe to go with.. let's say I am doing blue colors in warm water,
so I grab this tshirts that is blue, has spot, pour the dsihw liq on the spot, squash
it and throw with the rest of hte loundry an dwash as usual.
Works like a charm.
We never use any dryer liners like NEVER as they are not only bad for your
EArth but for your house and you, all that smell .. it is actually very not friendly
read some articles..
So that is a wrap. Have a nice loundry day :)
p.s i usually do the bed sheets on separate day from any other loundry.
it is a loads in themselves and I am pooped after doing allt he beds.