My mother bought me a laundry basket when she was visiting at the beginning of the year.
It was for the baby’s clothes. She also bought us: an outfit for each boy, a potato masher, a spatula, a basket, guest towels. I don’t think she reads this blog…
The laundry basket broke soon after it’s arrival. Maybe it was a sign.
Our laundry collection had become a real chore. And by chore I mean five minutes of work that I repeatedly put off. Five minutes that nagged at me as a I walked from the living room of our apartment to the back bedrooms several times a day.
My husband and I shared a hamper and our oldest had his own hamper in his room. We have two hampers near the washing machine that I sorted our lights and darks into.
Because we hang everything to dry, and we cloth diaper, and we don’t have large wardrobes, I have to run laundry at least once a day. Which means I was collecting laundry every other day to make sure I had a full load of lights or darks to run.
I needed an easier way to collect laundry. Or I needed to delegate the collection task.
I think I did both.
We now just have two laundry hampers for family clothing. One for lights and one for darks. They are stored in the kitchen near our washing machine (these Europeans are crazy!). I have a large wet bag that holds kitchen laundry and cloth diapers are contained in a pail.
The kids usually get changed in the living room so it’s easy enough to put their clothing in the communal laundry hampers. My husband and I ferry our own laundry from our room to the baskets as we need to.
Next up: we get rid of the baskets entirely and just put laundry directly into the washing machine.
Just kidding. Sort of. I think we should trial it when the kids are a bit older.
This new system works. It’s easier for me. It’s less work for me. The laundress of the family is happy.
Please note: this new system has not miraculously stopped us from having laundry on the bedroom floor.
Laundry is the never ending chore. Anyone else have a system that makes laundry collection easier for their family?