Problem: A week ago today, our laundry system was not working. At all.
We had dirty clothes piled up in every single room, and often on the floor in the hallway and all over the laundry room. My daughter would go through and sort the clothes in the laundry room and hallway once a day, and we washed clothes three to four times per day.
Half the time, she wouldn’t have all of the laundry and inevitably the culprit would complain because their favorite xxxx wasn’t getting washed. Then the clean clothes would pile up on the counters of the small laundry room until the weekend when I would finally fold whatever remained and put it away.
We live in a 1600 square foot home, and 250 square feet of that is this hallway. We don’t have room to spread laundry all over the house!
These would be brights (reds, purples, pinks, etc.), darks (navy, brown, black etc.), neutrals (grays, whites, tans, etc.), jeans (all jeans and heavy pants), towels, and miscellaneous. He left the house early on a Saturday morning and headed to the closest discount store.
He came home with six hamper baskets, and a package of sheet protectors. Each basket needed a clear label, so we took some pictures for each category of clothing and my husband made signs for each basket. We slipped each sign into a sheet protector, and my husband used these plastic zip-ties he had in the garage to attach the sheet protector to the laundry basket.
Even my three-year-olds can read the signs and sort laundry. At first, they did try to put all of their pajamas in the sign with a red pajama top, but we were able to quickly explain what that picture meant.
Whenever it is time to switch laundry over (still three to four times per day) we just find a full laundry hamper and make the switch. Something is always sorted and ready for us to wash.
We now have a working laundry system for our family. Now all I have to do is work folding laundry into my daily routine…