When you have a family of 11 people, laundry can get a bit crazy. I have tried many systems and none have given me the desired result. I do love the family closet idea and have incorporated it in various fashions depending on space, stages of children and season. I have been using the basket method for nearly a year and it needed tweaking. Two weeks ago I went from personal baskets to daily baskets. It has been the best system by far.
Each evening my laundry helper pulls the dry clothes off the line and puts them on my bed. They put socks, undies, diapers and pajamas in their appropriate baskets. I set the clothing aside till morning. When I wake up I make my bed and spend about 5 min matching outfits and putting clothes away. I wash one to two loads a day, depending on if blankets or towels need washing. We put our dirty clothes, not towels or blankets, clothes only in the washing machine as the day goes. When the washer is full and we want to use the computer, we fire up the generator. My laundry helper hangs up the load on the clothesline.
Laundry takes about 30 min a day total. The most time consuming part is hanging the wet clothing up.
So how do these baskets work? I have a PVC shelf that fits 10 laundry baskets. One basket for each day mon-sat. Sunday clothes are hung in our closet. We have two baskets for pajamas, not folded randomly sorted. We have one basket for socks, one for underwear. My husband and I have our personal baskets aside.
This means the first step to being organized is simplifying. We scaled down to 8 outfits per child. (We keep an extra outfit for each child in the car, I will do a later blogpost on that) I fold each outfit together and each basket has a mini checklist so I can double check there is an outfit for each child. As the clothing is washed and dried it is put back in the basket from which it came. It's a wonderful rotating system. The shelves are in my room which lowers the chance of littles making a mess of it.
Well, this is my system to organizing,simplifying and making laundry easy! What do you think? Can you make this work in your home? Please leave a comment or question below.