How to organize your dirty laundry

Organizing dirty laundry is the first step in the clothes washing process. If you live alone then it is relatively easy to stay on top of things and sort your dirty clothes right before you put them in the washing machine, but as your family grows so do your laundry needs.

When you have a lot of clothes to wash and they pile up each time you do the laundry then it might be best to come up with some kind of organization system to help you keep up. Rather than sorting the clothes by fabric, color, and maybe member of the family, when doing the laundry, it is far easier to have it all sorted even before you even start. Better yet, it is best to have a system where each family member does their own sorting.

Where to place the laundry baskets

Laundry baskets, or hampers, are most often in places where we undress – the bedrooms and the bathrooms. Then, when the time to do the laundry comes, you just collect all the clothes from the laundry baskets and take them to the washing machine. And if that system works for you, then that’s great.

I personally am not particularly fond of having multiple laundry baskets in the house because it makes it a chore later to have to go through all of them when doing laundry. If space allows it, I would much rather have one big laundry basket in the laundry room or in the room where the washing machine is stored. Picking up dirty clothes and taking them to the main laundry basket is not difficult and every family member should be able to do it. Why should you be the only one to do this? Especially since it makes the laundry process longer. This is also a great way to teach responsibility to your kids.

Of course, this advice is very relative and should be adjusted to your individual living situation as each house layout is different.

What laundry basket is best

The best laundry basket is the one that works for you.

However, I find it easier to do laundry if the laundry basket I use can be used to pre-sort clothes as they are placed in the basket. That means having separate containers for white, light-colored, and dark-colored clothing. And maybe another one for thicker fabrics such as blankets or towels. This way, every person putting away their dirty laundry is forced to think about which container they should go in. This makes your job later much easier. You can see at a glance which ones are the fullest and should probably be washed first.

These might seem like simple tips but they can be real life-changers if laundry is one of the most time-consuming house chores for you. For more reviews of accessories and tools to fulfill all of your laundry needs, visit the French Garment Cleaners website.