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Mission Control: The Laundry

January 26, 2010

I thought this idea was so brilliant I had to share…

This is the IKEA Pax wardrobe which houses 4 laundry baskets for whites, darks, towels, and permanent press.

Here’s how it works: when the basket is full, it goes into the washer.  Simple and brilliant.

Thanks Julie!


I also asked Professional Organizer, Rivka Caroline, of SoBeOrganized for additional laundry room tips.  She had stellar ideas:

1. Buy sock-locks and teach your children to lock their socks.  (I’d never seen these, have you?)

2. Banish time and money wasting sorting by placing a hamper in each bedroom.

3. Make a schedule where each room gets its hamper washed on certain days of the week.
4. If you have a constant pile of ironing / clothes to be fixed that is clulttering up the space either fix a set time each week to iron or outsource it.
5. Don’t allow your laundry room to have other items stored there.
6. Avoid laundry room clutter by containerizing – get an assortment of containers and organize into different categories and put a label on the front.
7. Keep a garbage can within reach for used dryer sheets and lint.
8. Keep a spray cleaner handy to clean the washer and dryer.
9. Clean the inside of your washing machine 3x a year with vinegar and cold water to prevent mildew.

What are your tips for the laundry?  Do you have a system?  Do you wash on particular days?  Do your adorables help?

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  1. Julie

      on January 26, 2010 9:58 am

    Also I have a sock basket for the “extra” socks that somehow appear at the end of the process. Then when I have extra time, I take the basket and pair them up.


  2. Whitney Trujillo

      on January 26, 2010 11:27 am

    I like Julie’s idea. I always have random socks left. I’m just lucky to get the laundry in the machine every once in a while.


  3. Lynette Mattke

      on January 26, 2010 2:31 pm

    I have the extra sock basket as well. Some just never find their mates, though. So sad! My girls have no problem wearing mismatched socks, but then you can just forget trying to match them all up when they come out of the laundry!


  4. Rivka

      on January 27, 2010 2:38 am

    Cute idea Julie – I do that for my husband socks and for mine too – but the children’s socks are barred entry to the washing machine without being in sock locks … wasted way to much $$$. :)


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