Some weeks, I feel as though I’m drowning in laundry. I do laundry for 5 people, 3 of them messy kids, plus cloth diapers. The throwing in the washer I don’t mind so much. The hauling up and down two flights of stairs, sorting, and carrying back upstairs to put away – that I dislike.
Even one week’s worth of laundry means more than an hour dedicated to sorting out sizes, separating into piles, and praying no one decides to tip them over for fun. Then there’s the socks. The dreaded socks. You know, the ones without mates, the white ones that all look the same, but aren’t, the mates hidden beneath beds and couches?
After a recent stint of washing loads of laundry, but simply giving up on a pairing baskets full of endless mismatched socks, I decided there had to be a better way.
I also didn’t want to invest a great deal of time or money into my laundry solution. I knew we needed additional laundry baskets, but I was tired of hauling big, bulky baskets. With children ages 4 and 6, I also wanted to make it simpler for the kids to help sort, fold, and put away their own clothes.
Armed with a small budget, some sage advice from my mom, and a determination to solve my laundry woes, I visited the dollar store. In my initial trip, I purchased 3 small laundry baskets. After trying the method for one round of laundry, I returned for mesh lingerie bags and 3 more baskets.
With mesh bags selling 3 for $1, I had a laundry organization solution for my 3 kids for under $10. They didn’t have any more white baskets the second visit, so I grabbed pop up baskets instead, which I actually like a bit more. You could, of course, select designer baskets to match room decor, but my goal was budget-friendly, interchangeable baskets.
Our Family’s Easy, Inexpensive Organization Laundry Organization for Kids:
1. Each child has 2 baskets and 2 mesh lingerie bags. This ensures that there is always an available basket and bag for dirty laundry.
2. Kids know to put clothes into their basket and socks into the mesh bag.
3. When a basket fills up, I make sure all the socks are in the mesh bag and carry it to the laundry room. Kids can help with this step.