Quick Tip Tuesday: 5 minutes to sorted laundry

5 minutes to sorted laundry

Would you like to save 15-30 minutes every time you do laundry? Do you spend time sorting laundry into piles before you can actually throw them into the wash? What if I told you I don’t have any piles on my laundry room floor, nor do I spend time sorting the laundry? It’s true. So what’s my secret? No, I don’t have a maid who does all of our laundry. And yes, we do have dirty clothes at our house. I don’t use hampers, a laundry chute, or an elaborate sorting system in my laundry room. My laundry room doubles as my mudroom, so there’s a lot of activity in and out of that room. It’s also quite a small space, so I needed to devise a simple organizing solution that wouldn’t leave us walking all over the clothes piles on the floor.

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My simple solution? We sort as we go by using a divided laundry basket. It’s a mesh fabric basket with two removable dividers separating three “compartments.” I’ve labeled each of the baskets and their corresponding zones with cold, warm and whites — the typical loads of laundry I do. I have one in each bedroom: our master closet and each of our kids’ closets. This makes it easy to throw the dirty clothes directly into the basket {and the appropriate “zone”} when we’re changing our clothes — and eliminates any clothes ending up on the floor, as well. I started this when my kids were itty bitty things, so yes, it can be done with family members of all ages. {If they can sort blocks, they can sort clothing between whites and colors.} Most of our clothes are washed in cold water, so that’s where the majority of our clothes go. When it is time to do laundry, I simply carry the mesh baskets (which have handles) into the laundry room. Voilà! The clothes are already sorted and ready to be washed — in less than a minute a day! This is an easy way to combine loads, such as all the whites, or just the kids’, etc. It’s also the perfect set-up if your kids are at the age to do their own laundry — it’s pre-sorted and they won’t have piles all over the place. Then, I just use the baskets as a regular laundry basket to carry the clothes to be folded. Each basket is put back in their respective closets, ready for the next loads. Simple, right?

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If you’re creative, use the baskets you already own and devise your own divider system. Otherwise, I found some mesh laundry sorters, similar to the ones I use, here and here. (I purchased mine 12 years ago at Menard’s, which is a home improvement store in our area, but I haven’t been able to find them there, unfortunately.)

Now, if I could just find a solution that would automatically fold all the laundry….

Happy organizing!

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