back to basics ~ the container store

Somehow I don’t think this is what The Container Store had in mind when they said we needed to hang our laundry….but hey, my ovens are next to the very small laundry room and it works!

In keeping with the theme Back to Basics, I’m going to focus on Laundry and Laundry Rooms this week.

I’m a huge fan of organization.  I love The Container Store.  Don’t believe me?  Read this and this.  Trust me there is more, but that should help you out a bit.  A few weeks ago I mentioned attending the amazing laundry event, Hamper to Hanger, hosted by Bosch.  I’m STILL digesting all that we learned…I so wish everyone could get a training session like we did!  I can’t wait to share the event with you this week.

Another fabulous part of the event was having an organization specialist join us from The Container Store.  Don’t think THAT wasn’t like meeting a celebrity for this organization nerd!!  Of course I’ve got my own favorite things from the store (as mentioned in the first “this” above), but here’s a few more she gave us…

Sort your laundry in a hamper. Try using separate baskets or a divided hamper.  This saves you time later when you’re short on it and need to do laundry.  These are the baskets we use.  I have 3 that I keep stacked until I’m ready to use them.Hang your clothes quickly after pulling them from the dryer. Helps to reduce wrinkles and the need for ironing.  The Container Store also suggested different colored hangers for each member of your family so you can quickly return clothes to the correct closets.
Try using Elfa drawers for hampers.
The drawers can save space and can be labeled for whites, darks, colors.  You can also use them after doing laundry with colored labels that coordinate with the colored hangers for each family member’s clean clothes.

These are a few extra things that she shared with us that you might find helpful…

Gal Pals. These are brilliant and are almost always a stocking stuffer at Christmas in our family.  Use them dry to remove the annoying white deodorant marks that frequent our clothes all too often.  (I don’t know why that occurs??  Maybe because Moms have to get dressed in under 2 minutes each morning, maybe, just maybe…). I’ve been a fan for YEARS, yes, YEARS.  The only deodorant that I’ve found it struggles with is Secret Clinical Strength (which is unfortunately, but fortunately what I wear and swear by now…..).

Prolong the life of your delicates by using lingerie and bra bags. I personally love the zippered lingerie bags and use them frequently.

Dry your clothes on drying racks. This pop up rack is a great option for over your tub when you need it, or can be folded out of the way when not in use. (Of course you can always go my route and use the handles of your oven…)

What are your favorite laundry tricks?

11 thoughts on “back to basics ~ the container store”

  1. I have found washing each family members clothing separate makes putting away laundry so much easier. We each have our own basket to put our dirty clothes. I have always washed my girls clothes separate from my clothes and hubbys clothes since the oldest has to have free and clear laundry detergent. Decided to take it one step further by washing hubbys and my clothes seperate also.
    .-= Candy @ SoBella Creations´s last blog ..Lisa Leonard Giveaway =-.

  2. Downy Wrinkle Releaser !!!

    From their website:
    Just spray, tug, and smooth any time you need to quickly reduce unsightly wrinkles. No iron needed. The spray smoothes out wrinkles in seconds, giving clothes a light, airy fresh feeling.
    Relaxes fibers to smoothe out wrinkles in seconds, freshens with light, subtle scent and
    also works on dry-clean-only fabrics.

    I find the larger bottles at Target. If their inventory is low it is from me hoarding the magic in a bottle. LOVE THE STUFF
    .-= Kathleen Enge´s last blog ..We still kinda hate her =-.

  3. Laundry Trick… I buy a bulk bag (costco) of all the same socks and just throw them in a drawer I will always have a pair. Once they start getting low throw those out and buy a new bag.

    Another trick have Husband do his own laundry (can’t complain if his shirt is pink ;-).

    Use a sorter basket, whites/towels & sheets, colors and darks…
    I hope someone can invent the Folder…

  4. Hubby is out of work due to an injury, so he is able to do most of the washing/drying. As with most people, the worst part of laundry for us is the folding/putting away phase. The laundry seems to remain in lumps in the baskets for FAR too long. So my goal is whenever he does do laundry, that in the evening, I will fold. I try to fold kids clothes earlier in the evening so that I have time to put it away before they go to bed. This is only possible sometimes, as they are chronic laundry assistants who are not so helpful.

  5. Don’t have any laundry tips because I’m the worst at it. But, I would like to share a tid-bit about the Container Store: they have a fantastic selection of wrapping paper! I’m a wrapping paper dork! Love it!
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..One Hundred! =-.

  6. These are all great tips! I love the Gal Pals too! Reminds me…I need to put that on my list. I’m out! I don’t have any tricks other than treat stains ASAP! If I can throw it in the wash immediately with a full load, I will. Otherwise, I scrub it with some Shout and throw it in the hamper.
    .-= Diapers and Divas´s last blog ..GIVEAWAY! =-.

  7. I no longer have a dryer. I am always trying to find ways to decrease my carbon footprint on the earth. Instead of a dryer, I dry every thing on a clothes drying rack. It is great. My clothes last longer. It is portable so I can dry inside or out no matter what the weather. Best of all it saves me money.

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