Credit must go where credit is due.
This was not my idea. I gleaned it from the comments section on this blog. Laura (posts as Apple) mentioned she had done this, how it simplified her laundry system and made for one less thing around the house (so important if you live in a small space).
The comments section here is a gold mine of advice and tips. Don’t forget to scroll down and have a glance through. There are so many of you living with different scenarios than mine and I am so grateful that you share how you’ve made living with less stuff work for you.
When I read that Laura no longer had a laundry basket, that it really wasn’t needed if you put clothes away right after folding them, my interest was piqued.
What a fantastic way to force my housekeeping hand and remove a step that often leads to procrastination in the form of a basket of clean laundry. It lingers in my living room taking up space and reminding me I’m putting off a simple chore. Perhaps my son decides to play with the clean laundry and pulls some of it onto the floor. With his almond butter coated hands. The clean is now dirty again and no one even got to wear it.
Our new home is furnished but still needs a few things. One thing I thought I needed was a laundry basket. Not a hamper which is a basket that I store dirty laundry in bu the kind of basket you use to transport fresh laundry around your home. Or store it until you get the hutzpah to finally put it away.
After a few weeks without a laundry basket I’ve decided we don’t need one. I fold what I need to fold and then put the piles away.
Because I don’t want anyone moving a pile of clean laundry off of the couch with dirty hands. Or having to stare at the laundry all evening as I am trying to relax.
This may seem like a small thing to get rid of but it’s actually resulted in better laundry turn around time here. And that’s a big thing for us.
PS. If you have a big home and a lot of stairs I can see that you might not be into this. But think of all the free exercise.
Anyone else have an item that was a procrastinator – something that allowed you to put off a task – that you’ve gotten rid of? The other one we got rid of was an in-tray with multiple slots for bills and mail. Now we just have one spot for papers and I try to deal with it once a week.