Laundry Chaos….

My Laundry…….

One of my least favorite chores is laundry. I do two loads of laundry a day and I have a specific day (Wednesday) that I bang out the majority of it. With a family of seven, there is always something to be washed. I am a stickler for the way I sort my laundry….but that’s for another discussion. (You can imagine how INSANE it was when the stomach flu went through our house……truly INSANE!!!)

Thankfully when I bought my new home, the laundry room was on the second floor. I LOVE this feature. I love that I’m not hauling laundry upstairs or downstairs to help put it away. However, my laundry room is small.

Laundry room
peeking into the laundry room

I’m going to make it one of my weekend projects to give it some charm, probably this summer. It needs paint, some new shelves, baskets, and a few additions.

I love this idea I saw on Pinterest:

laundry baskets

How awesome are these cabinets with the open baskets in the middle??!!! I could easily hide away my baskets of missing socks, laundry detergents, stain sticks, etc. Am I the only person that has a basket to “catch” all the legos and candy, my kids sneak in their pockets????!!!!

What about these….??!!! Don’t they look sooooooo classy.

 How about these bins for putting the kids clothes away??!!! I mean…check out this lady’s laundry room….it is awesome.

I wish my laundry room was this big and could have these beautiful areas. However, it’s not and I’m not moving anytime soon.=)

I am a firm believer in having practical spaces in my home. As much as I love these, they are not practical for my lifestyle. I mean, I can’t imagine my five year old carrying one of these bins into her room to empty her clothes.

And yes, I did say my 5 yr. old.

Do I like clean and neatly folded clothes?? yes!

Do I expect my kids to have their clothes folded neatly in their drawers??? No…….but I do expect their clothes to be in their drawers. I expect THEM to put their clothes away.

With that in mind, I found these great bins at Walmart…..and I LOVE THEM!!!!

clothes bins

How cool are these? They have these great little handles on them for the kids to carry them through the room and when the handles are folded down… makes them stackable. They take up a small amount of space and on laundry evening…the whole stack is gone. Each bin sitting patiently by the dresser of each child, awaiting to be emptied the next morning.

There are several reasons that this system works for me:

  1. I sort all my kids laundry into separate bins. I was using small circular baskets from the dollar store but they were pretty beat up and hard to keep neat in the laundry room.
  2. I like a clean laundry room but didn’t want to have any kind of permanent system built into that small room. This system doesn’t require any “built in” shelves or a shelving system. If I find that the system no longer works for my laundry, I will not have made an monetary investment or “renovated” my laundry room to make it happen.
  3.  I don’t keep piles of dirty clothes on the floor of my laundry room. I actually have a whole sorting system for my laundry that I keep in my hallway. I need very little room to store dirty laundry in my laundry room, however, I need more room to fold clothes and put them away.
  4. The bins cost me about $6 each. So, for under $50, I have figured out a new system that lets me fold clothes right at the dryer and sort them into their proper bin.

So…….gotta wrap this up and go fold my last load of laundry for the night.  What about your laundry situation? Do you have a system that you love and want to share? I would LOVE to hear about it!

God bless,


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  • kerryak37 says:

    Oh Tammi I don’t know how you do it! We are just a family of 3 and laundry drives me crazy! I am crazy about the way I sort my laundry too though after having Will I have gotten a little better! I love the baskets you got! So great! When we were building our house in IN we almost picked a model that allowed for the laundry on the second level – I thought that was a great idea, but the master bathroom was small so at the time I decided on the bigger bathroom! With a bigger family though I would think a laundry room on the second level would be a must! Glad to see you back to blogging!! Always a good read!

    • tammim1010 says:

      Yeah…the worst is when I’m sick or we are gone for the day…and it piles up for the next day. =) Gotta love laundry!!!

  • Kelly says:

    Really enjoy your blogs Tammi! I am curious of your laundry sorting system before washing…I try keep each load I do with just two family members’ clothes in the load so I don’t have to sort as much afterwards. But that has me doing wash every day of course. Always love to hear new ideas….especially from those who also do LOTS of laundry! Keep up your great writing!

  • jessicalynnemartin says:

    These are great (and two of my favorite colors to boot!). Where did you find those laundry baskets? I need to set up the same sort of tower in my laundry room!

    • tammim1010 says:

      Jessica, thanks for checking out my blog! The baskets are from Walmart. They are super sturdy and something this inconsistent mom still uses… Haha

  • Jessica Majeran says:

    I understand this blog post is old but I would like to know what these bins are called or could you link them to me? I am interested in this system.

    • tammim1010 says:

      Hi, Jessica! I still use this system! Lol. They are bins from Walmart!

      • Jessica Majeran says:

        You didn’t find this in the website or anything right? I can’t find them on there. Thank you for the prompt response Tammi!