If you want to stay on top of your laundry without it taking over you home you must have a system and routine. First decide on your routine. Do you want to do marathon laundry all in one day, do you want each child to have their own laundry day, etc. Once you decide on your routine you will need to decide on how you will accomplish and keep the routine going. Your system needs to include a place for clothes to be while waiting their turn to be washed and where they will go when they come out. If you decide on marathon laundry you will need a larger place to sort as there will be more laundry. If you would rather each child have their own laundry day you could get away with a smaller sorter. Maybe you don’t care to have a sorter and you are ok with piles on the floor in the laundry room, whatever you method is fine as long as it is working. I know I need baskets for the clothes that are clean because my kids put their own clothes away so I need a place to put it while it waits for them to put it away. If you are good at putting clothes away right away you may not need baskets/basket dresser or whatever.
We just moved into our new house and I am working on getting my laundry system set up the way that works for me. Maybe this will work for you too, maybe it won’t, but don’t give up. Find what works for you. I mentioned the way I used to do laundry in my townhouse on my previous post Taming the laundry beast here.
The plan is to have a sorter in the laundry room with a basket dresser like the ones below:
I can’t wait to have this set up and end the piles of laundry. Currently I just lay all the baskets out in a row in the hall just outside the laundry room so I can throw the clothes in the correct basket as it comes out. Super annoying and totally in the way all day. I love the sorter from Yellow Brick Home (#2) because my laundry room is narrow so this is a perfect option for the small space. I have space between the washer and the wall to put a laundry dresser like #3, #4, and #5. I’m leaning towards #5; love the modern look. If I had space I would LOVE to do the DIY sorting dresser from Shanty 2 Chic (#1). I’ll post it once I get it set up.
Then I will just have the kids bring their clothes down at the end of the day. They can sort their clothes into the bags on the wall (whites, darks and colors). I will decide which load needs to be washed (only doing one load a day, sometimes every other day if there isn’t a full load to be washed), put it in the night before, set my delayed start timer so the clothes are washed before I get up in the morning. Then I can move the load to the dryer when I wake up. Get the kids out the door for school and then come home put clothes into their baskets located in the laundry dresser where it can wait until they put them away after school.
I like to do all the bed linens in the same day. I can typically get it all done in about 2 loads thanks to my awesomely huge washing machine!
It’s simple and is what I know will work best for me. Everything needs a place, this system will allow the clothes to have a place whether dirty or clean, waiting to be put away or waiting to be washed. So excited to get this set up.