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Aug122012

Basket Laundry Sorter

To say that I have a laundry problem is a bit of an understatement. I let it pile up on my bedroom and closet floor and then gather it up and sort it when I have time to do the laundry. It's out of hand and I needed to do something about it.

When I was at Ikea yesterday afternoon I spotted the Nasum baskets and a light bulb went off in my head. I thought they would make a perfect laundry sorter solution for me. The single handle is perfect for hanging and when I measured them I determined that I could easily fit three on the inside of my closet door. I also thought the banana fiber texture looked pretty plus each one is about the size of a load of laundry. 

I brought three baskets home and went about making labels for them. I printed out initials for each basket: C for Colors, W for Whites and D for Dry Cleaning. I thought about tracing them and painting them on the baskets, but I wanted something removable in case I wanted to use them for something else later. I cut out the letters out from white adhesive foam and then stuck the letters on the front of the baskets.

Due to the texture of the baskets the letters are a bit bumpy but I still like how they turned out.

With the baskets labeled I turned to hanging them up on my closet door. My closet has a door to my master bath as well as my bedroom. I decided to hang them on the door that opens to the master bath so that I could toss clothes into the baskets before I hop in the shower.

I didn't want to put holes in my antique hardwood doors so I turned to using Command hooks which are removable and won't mark up or damage my door. I got some large ones in oil rubbed bronze finish and attached them to the back of the closet door. Just to make sure that I wouldn't have any issue with the hooks falling off the door I let them sit overnight before hanging the baskets. 

I love how this project turned out and I think that this new system will keep my dirty laundry off of the floor. I'm also hoping this will motivate me to keep on top of my laundry instead of letting it pile up.

How do you sort or organize your dirty laundry? Do you have a system? Do you let your laundry build up or do you keep on top of it and do it regularly?

Reader Comments (6)

i have no system. I have one basket for my hubby and me and we throw everything in it.
Then, when it gets full i take the undies and put them in a load and take the shirts and pants
and put them in another load. The kids do there own in the same manner.
I am not as organized as your system but it looks very cool!!!

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkathy f

Like kathy, I just have one laundry basket that I toss all my laundry in. As I was doing laundry on Saturday I thought I really need a new system. The one laundry bin gets heavy and carrying it down two flights of stairs is difficult. Maybe I'll divide mine up into 3 different baskets like you have done. Thanks for the idea!! :)

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRene

I have tried several different dirty laundry systems over the years ..... for me they all worked for a few days but broke down when trying to get my husband on board with the system ........... MEN! Anyway the one that works best for us is just one basket in our ensuite bathroom and when it gets full I take downstairs to the laundry room and sort into MY system of whites, darks, towels, etc.

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

Kathy- My system was the same as yours except replace "basket" with "pile on the floor". That's nice that your kids are old enough to do their own laundry!

Rene- Thank you! I hope your relocation to Little Rock is going well!

Mary-Lou- One of the advantages to living by myself is that I don't have to worry about getting anyone else on board for cleaning or organizing. The downside is that I have to take care of everything myself...

August 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

Look for a hamper with a lid. Although it probably won't be air-tight, a lid can help prevent allergens from escaping the hamper.

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertoilet plumbing

Setting up different stations, such as the storage area and the folding area, will help you get in and out more quickly.You can also visit: http://tiny.cc/kitchen-organizer

November 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaundry Organizer

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