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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Storage Solution: Clean Laundry Closet

 

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I have trouble keeping up with the laundry sometimes.  I know I’m not the only one with this problem.  It’s not so hard to get it washed and dried, but folding it and putting it away seems impossible – overwhelming, even.  I know, I know…if I just folded each load as I took it out of the dryer, it would probably be no big deal.  But for various reasons (disgusting basement laundry room, two little boys who need my attention every 30 seconds, etc.) that just doesn’t work around here.

But SOMETHING had to change.

So, after seeing a “laundry basket dresser” on pinterest, I developed a system.  It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly an improvement over the giant mountain of clean laundry on the dining room floor.

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I used this empty closet in my still-barely-functional-not-yet-finished bathroom and constructed three simple shelves.  I screwed a 1x2 into the studs on either side wall, and then set two 1x8s across the opening.img_5134

 

There is one shelf/basket for each family member.  When the clothes come out of the dryer, I carry them upstairs and sort them into the right baskets. 

 

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(Bart’s closet is downstairs, so those his basket is combined with other downstairs items, like bibs and dish towels.)

Then, during bathtime, I can pull out one basket and fold it.  Folding one family member’s laundry at a time prevents the “there were 17 different stacks of clean, folded clothes, until my baby/toddler/dog just knocked them over and now I have to start over” scenario.

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Hanging clothes are put on the back of the door, and the occasional wrinkly shirt can be hung at the end of the shower curtain rod.  Since farmer Bart takes a minimum of two showers a day, those wrinkles are steamed out in no time.

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Adam’s basket is on the floor so that he can reach it easily himself.  As he gets older, I fully expect HIM to take the full basket and put the contents where they go.

 

Like I said, it’s not a perfect system, but it’s keeping the clean clothes off the floor and making it much easier to find what we need.  I still get behind sometimes, but concentrating on one basket at a time seems much less overwhelming.

 

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10 comments:

  1. Very clever Miss Katie! Nice and organized. Just how I like things... but just how things don't stay that way in my house. Great idea for "progressive folding"... one at a time so it isn't so overwhelming. A+++

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  2. With four kids, I have the laundry heap too. Great idea! I'm using it!

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  3. I do the same thing!! I have a basket for each kid and husband so they can put their clean clothes away. Of course, min lay on the washer but I usually put them away quicker than the rest of them!! I have had to stop washing the next load until I fold what is in the dryer because I get so overwhelmed with piles of clean clothes that I just freeze in frustration! That has helped to motivate me into folding because if I don't wash the next load, we are going to be naked!!! lol

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  4. I think this is a great idea! I feel its almost counterproductive to fold all the laundry and put it away when in a few days those same clothes will be back in the wash :) I'm using this idea

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  5. That's a great idea! I've been having a really hard time folding my clean laundry too lately. Yucky basement, 3 little boys, zero interest... Love your solution!

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  6. Great solution, Katie! I wish we had a laundry closet! Thanks for linking up to the 1st Project of the Year Party!

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  7. I gotta find me an extra closet - what a great organizational idea!

    c'mon over to party! www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  8. I'm exactly like you, I HATE folding and putting away clothes! They seem to pile up until my husband complains and actually does it himself. I'd rather scrub the toilet!

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  9. I love this idea! Too bad I don't have an empty closet to put it in :( 1300 sq ft house ... DH and me, 14yo step-son and 19mos old daughter... we take up too much room and have all of the closets full! :(

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  10. Okay, you are brilliant. I don't have a closet, and I was all sad until I realized I have plenty of space for baskets on my "utility bookshelf."

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