I'd like to have my laundry bag/sorter in my room for Dark, White, and Colors; the girls' room to have two portable net hampers for Light and Dark; and one basket for taking clothes up and down the two flights of stairs to the laundry room in.
It seems like that should be enough.
But often the basket is full of "needs to be folded" clothes, the portable kid hampers are also full of "needs to be folded" clothes, the kids dirty clothes are on the floor, and my sorter is overflowing.
So, please tell me how many hampers and baskets you have, and where you keep and use them.
We do *at least* one load of laundry a day- the capacity of the combination machines is less than standard W/Ds, and loads take a bit longer, so we pretty much have to constantly be washing things. So no time for big piles to accumulate- unless we just stripped all the beds or just got a big bag of hand-me-downs (like this weekend ) We don't pre-separate. After a few days, I will literally do a whole load with only pinks and a few reds, so I think pre-separating would get a bit hairy.
There are 3 bins / baskets in our master bedroom for me and DH. One for dirty clothes. One for towels. And one pretty Longaberger basket where I keep my clothes that have been worn, but aren't really dirty/ can be worn again. Pretty much anything DH wears, needs washed. He's stinky. Then there is a basket in the twins' room. And a basket in the kids' bathroom. And finally I keep a basket in the laundry room, to throw random dirty clothes, wash cloths, etc in.
That is for 5 people.
In the pantry in the kitchen I have a laundry basket for dish towels/cloths and hand towels which I also wash on hot but I like to wash those on their own. We used to have a basket there for the boys clothes too. Our laundry is in the pantry.
But I found it easier to just have the four baskets for the four types of loads we do. When the basket is full I do a load.
I've got two baskets for clean laundry. Only one might be better because then I can't let two pile up but so far trying to go down to that has ended up with unfolded clean clothes in other places. And I still do with two. So that isn't worked out but it's more a matter of making myself do it than organization. Oh, I do boys bedsheets/blankets, etc. together on the same day and put them right back on the bed.
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I forgot; we've got a bag in the bathroom for underwear and socks. I wash bath towels with the hot clothes or on their own; however it works out.
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For wet things, I hang them over the side of my sorter. It's PVC with mesh bags, so the wet item dries and I can just sort of push it in until it's time to do that load. That works well for me because I tend to soak stained items as soon as I can get them off of the offending party and that might not be the day before I do that load!
mostly dirties go in the hampers and clean clothes either get folded and put away or accumulate in one chair until they can be folded and put away.
thats for 4 people
The basket used to live in DH's and my closet, but now spends much of its time down in the laundry room on top of the washing machine. Most of the time we only use it to carry loads of laundry up to the living room to be dumped, awaiting folding.
Our new system--during the day clothes and stuff go either directly down to the washer or on the floor of our closet. At night, clothes are tossed down from upstairs (a great game for the kids before getting into the tub) and, if I have the motivation, are gathered up and brought down to the washer when the kids are sleeping. Sometimes the pile of clothes is still there in the morning and I bring it down to the washer while the kids eat breakfast. When the washer is full, we run a load.
We don't separate anything--all is washed together in huge loads, on cold, and tossed in the dryer. Clothes that bleed, shrink, or require special care don't last long in this household; I just don't have the time or patience to sort and then wait for full loads to pile up of different types of clothes. My mom would be HORRIFIED, I'm sure, if she observed my laundry practices.
We have a basket in our room for our laundry, a pretty large hamper in the girls' room, and teh baby's clothes at this point go in a laundry bag hanging off his changing table. Add the diapers of course... We also have a spare laundry hamper out on the service porch for yucky stuff (wet rags, kitchen stuff, etc) and another one on the porch which is spare.
In theory what I do is take the laundry to the laundry room (the whole hamper of what I'm goign to do) and decide if I'm doing colors or whites by scanning. I put the approprite washing in the machine and the otehr type (color / white) in teh spare basket. Then the hamper goes back where it belongs. When it's time to bring the laundry in I sort it on the diining room table and take it one pile at a time where it belongs. This means teh baskets are free quicker, and I'm less likely to leave it on teh table long term. Plus the dining room is centrally located. So I just bring it all in and sort by girls hanging / girls folded / our hanging / our folded / baby / kitchen / etc. It's much quicker to put away because I am only going to one place at a time and I can get everything away in 2 - 3 minutes, then on to the next pile.
Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
We have 3 tall hampers that hold dirty clothes. One is in mine/DH's closet, one is in DD#1's room, and we have an 'extra' that usually ends up in DD#1's room as well.
For the little ones, I have a large wicker basket for dirty clothes, as well as a kitchen sized garbage can with lid for cloth diapers.
I separate as I go with laundry ... it doesn't really take me any longer, and that's the way I've always done it.
For wet dishtowels, rags, etc, they usually are placed on top of the washer, and then get thrown in with the next load.
I use my smaller round laundry baskets for 'distribution' of clean clothes. I fold clothes in the living room (my laundry is in the kitchen, in a closet ... no designated 'room'), and put everyone's clothes into baskets .... me, DH, DD#1, and the little ones. I have a big rectangular basket that is for socks .... you know, the ones you are always waiting for the match to come back around?? PLEASE tell me I am not the only one who does this!!
For me, the big deal is not getting the laundry clean, but actually getting it put away. Right now, DH has a basket in our room that needs to be put away, I have an overflowing basket for both DD#1, as well as the little ones. Also, there are clothes laying all along the back of the couch that need to be hung up .....
I'm trying to find a system that works, but I'm not sure what that will be!
Sometimes, I declare hiatus on washing clothes, until the clean ones are put away, but that doesn't work all the time.
Oh, and on the VERY rare occasions when the 'clean baskets' are empty, they are stored on top of the washing machine.
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The kids, DH and I take our laundry downstairs to the laundry room every day so they're not really needed. The one hamper is in the laundry room and it's for delicates and hand wash items only. The basket we have is for orphaned socks, but right now it's holding my to-do sewing and mending items. When I fold laundry, I simply carry it upstairs by hand.
Gone but not fogotten.
I have two laundry baskets that I use for transporting the laundry. I have two laundry days a week and will fill both baskets up with the clean clothes. DH carries them upstairs for them and I put the clothes away right then. Then I take the baskets back downstairs and put them in the laundry area for next time. I find that if I leave the baskets in other rooms, they become clutter collectors.
We have a hamper in our room, one in the bathroom, one in each of the girls room and probably three more in the basement. I use those to sort and/or rotate as i'm tackling the mountain.
Here is the shelving unit. The linens/towels are on top, next is darks, then lights, then whites. We installed a shower rod above it to hang shirts on. My grocery bags that need to go back to the car are hanging on one side and slings to grab on the way out the door on the other. Our laundry room goes straight out to the garage.
Everything is line dried unless raining (we have good sunny weather all year round even in winter like now it is 22 degrees celsius (71.6F). I give everything a good flick before I hang it out (dries flatter and minimises ironing) and fold it all at the line to save double handling.
The empty cane basket goes straight back to upstairs. Washing that hasn't been sorted into piles for family members sits somewhere in a plastic laundry basket till I do it - usually wherever the plastic basket put! I am pretty relaxed about such things! One day I'll have a better system but this works for me at the moment.
I make sure the night before the children have school uniforms and I have whatever work clothes I need - in case of emergency chuck a load on at night and hang it on a rack inside and it's dry by morning
I have a large hamper in our bedroom for mine, dh's, and my daughters clothes and sometimes what the kids throw in there. My little one (2 year old) has his own hamper and I only do his laundry when he runs out of things to wear, which is after a couple weeks.
Then there is a dirty hamper in the laundry room right next to the boys room so they throw their stuff in there.
I do about 2-3 loads a day, we do not pre-sort. I just dig through the baskets and do all clothes other then whites and towels in cold. Whites get down once a week in hot, and towels as needed. Around here towels must be re-used, they know better then to throw a wet towel in the hamper.
I am great about washing, but awful about putting away so instead of trying to fight it, I went out and bought one big laundry basket for everyone.
So in my bedroom lined up is one basket for for whites, one for me, one for dh, one for my daughter, and one for the two middle boys. As soon as a load comes out it gets dumped on the bed and then tossed into the appropriate basket.
Every once in a while I will get in the mood to put away, but it is much easier to tackle just one basket at a time. The 2 year olds stuff gets put away right away, because it is such a small load and is easier to handle.
I have been really trying to at least put away one of the baskets every day, but my kids know to just come in my room and look through their basket. I won't put the baskets in their room, because it just ends up everywhere and ends up a mix of clean and dirty.
1 hamper in the bathroom. On laundry day I bring it downstairs and sort the piles. Sometimes, I have the kids sort the piles.
2 laundry baskets for lugging the folded clean clothes back upstairs. I fold as things go into basket.
Sheets and towels get brought down to the laundry room on wash day. Kitchen towels, napkins, and the like get tossed down the stairs to the laundry room as needed.
We have one sorter. It has three sections: whites, mediums, darks... which loosely correlate to warm, cool, and cold wash settings (all cold rinse). Sometimes a load is bumped up to a warmer temp, depending on grunge factor. LOL Everyone puts their clothes in the appropriate section on a daily basis. DD learned her colors by doing this for all of us when she was younger.
We own one laundry basket. Each morning, I use the laundry basket to carry whichever load is full (whites, mediums, or darks) downstairs to the laundry room. As the load is washing, the laundry basket sits atop the dryer. When it is finished, I use the sides of the basket to hang any items that don't go into the dryer so they can air dry. These are easily found because we use mesh bags for those items. I move the basket to sit atop the washer while the clothes are drying in the dryer. AS SOON AS THE DRYER FINISHES, I take things out and hang them on the sides of the basket or fold and place them in the basket (depending on how the item is stored). I don't put clothes into the dryer unless I plan to be home and available to do this step. At this point, the clothes get put away whenever I go upstairs again, which can be right away or can be before I go to bed and everything in between. I don't worry about that part because it has to be done before I can do another load and that happens every morning.
I usually do four loads of clothes from the sorter each week. Mediums are higher in the warmer months and darks are higher in the cooler months. Sometimes whites don't need washing every week. If I don't have enough for a full load of clothes, then I either wash sheets or towels or rugs. Rugs get washed infrequently and are line-dried. Bedding is also line-dried.
I have six washcloths and I use a fresh one each morning in my shower. It air dries across the top of the shower door and the next day I move it to a wicker towel bar. When I am out of washcloths, then it is time to wash our towels. There is never a mess of dirty towels and I never forget to wash our towels anymore. I toss them all onto the bathmat and carry them downstairs that way. I only dry them partway in the dryer and then hang them back up where they belong. The washcloths get dry in the time I allow, so I roll those back up and place them on the wicker shelf (above the rod where the dirties await washing).
Bottom line for me is one load gets done every single day and by done I mean completely done: washed, dried, folded/hung, and put away. One load is a manageable amount of clothing, even the dreaded socks and undies.
Something I didn't see mentioned and wanted to note... Laundry is a LOT easier to maintain if you have a reasonable amount of clothes and linens. Most people tend to run into trouble when they have so many clothes that they CAN go 3-4 weeks without doing laundry. That makes for quite a chore when you finally get around to it. On the opposite side, I ran into a bit of trouble by having too few of certain items and was scrambling to wash a specific load by a certain time. For our family and my laundry habits, I have found two weeks of real world clothing is the best balance.
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We do way too much laundry! I average between 2 and 3 loads a day, thanks to an apartment-sized washer and dryer, and cloth diapers. We wash diapers about every second day. The pail is in the bathroom, which is right by the laundry (located in the hall).
For clothes, we have two mesh hampers in our room, one for lights and one for darks. Clothes go in as they're taken off. In the kids' room, we have one mesh hamper. They put things in there if they feel like it (though often they just bring them to our room and sort them), and I empty it every few days to once a week, depending on how much is in it and whether I need to fill out a load.
Keeping up with washing and drying is easy enough. Folding usually isn't too bad, because the laundry gets dumped on my bed when it comes out, and I need somewhere to sleep. Putting away, on the other hand, is a challenge. We usually end up with stacks of clean, folded clothes beside my bed, which annoys me. I need to weed everyone's clothes, especially my own. I also need to make sure the kids keep their room tidy enough that I can walk through it to DS's dresser. (DD's isn't a big deal, since it's right by the door.)
I'm really looking forward to moving a year from now, and having a regular washer and dryer again, so that I don't have to do so many loads!
Oh, and we don't have a laundry basket. I just carry each clean load down the hall to my bed in my arms (or, more often, one arm, because the other is holding the baby on my hip). Sometimes it takes two trips, but that's no big deal.
My laundry is organized by how I wash it . . . some loads go in the dryer; most are hung up.
We keep one basket in our room for dirty clothes. When it's full, it's sent to the basement to be sorted. Ideally, it comes back up with clean stuff in it to be put away . . . but that's always a challenge . We also have a habit of throwing things down the basement step that need to be washed. We're down there a lot, so I just pick it up when I go down (or I know people are coming over) and put it in the right place
In the laundry area in the basement, I have four tall baskets and one three sectioned sorter for the following:
to be hung
dh and I
DS uniforms (only during the school year)
to be dried
socks, underwear, and gym clothes
When each is full, it's thrown in the washer and dealt with. I don't have one for sheets because I usually throw those in the washer right after I strip the beds.
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#1. Kitchen laundry (bibs, dishrags, dishtowels, etc)
#2. Yucky laundry LOL (underwear, socks, onsies, bathroom towels and washcloths, burp cloths and puke rags, PJs)
#3 Good laundry (dh's work clothes, my clothes, the kids clothes)
#4 Not-so-good laundry (Jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts)
Dh is eventually going to install a laundry chute at the bottom of the second-story staircase and that will eliminate my need for a basket
1 hamper in our bedroom for my clothes -washed once a week usually 2 loads (light/dark)
1 laundry basket in corner of bathroom for dc clothes -washed twice a week 2 loads each time (light/dark)
1 heavy duty strength laundry basket on shelving above washer/dryer in bathroom for dh's clothes (he works construction so his work clothes get DIRTY so he can come home from work jump into the shower and clothes stay right in the bathroom/laundry room- washed once a week usually 3 loads (super dirty work/lights/dark)
wet wash rags/towels get hung over empty laundry basket or shower rod or tub rail to dry then collected in an empty hamper until it's filled with more towels/bed linens to wash (usually twice a week)
Oh and 2 empty laundry baskets for folding that sit on top of the dryer. I probably don't really need them as I could use the empty hamper/dc laundry basket for the folding/putting away of clothes but I can't bring myself to get rid of them as I also use them for collecting and putting various things away.
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