Our Laundry System

by Courtney Sirotin on January 18, 2012

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The sad thing about what I’m about to share with you is that this laundry system is actually the solution to our old laundry problems. It was Jay’s idea. As bad as this system is, things were even worse when I was left to my own devices.

Jason works day and night running two businesses. Technically, I am a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM!), which means I should be in charge of holding down the fort in terms of cooking, cleaning and child-rearing, except I do not have an aptitude for housekeeping and have poor time management skills, so I focus almost exclusively on the child-rearing. As a result of my domestic shortcomings, our laundry tends to pile up. I am really good at washing and drying it, but things fall apart from there.

Until recently, the clean clothes would pile up into a large, heaping mound on the bed in our guest bedroom for weeks at a time until it drove either Jay or I crazy and one of us (Jay) initiated folding and putting it away. Fed up with our non-system, Jason came up with the idea to get numerous hampers that we could use to sort the clean clothes into depending on who they belong to, thereby making it easier to put them away.

Here’s what the system looks like in progress (photos taken this morning):

The Laundry Area:

What I’d like you to note here is the lack of laundry that needs washing. The machines are empty. This is where I shine. I’m really good at moving the clothes through the washing and drying stage of the process.

The Guest Bedroom/Laundry Staging Area:


Here is where I bring the laundry once it’s clean and dry. I typically waddle down the hall balancing all the clean clothes in my arms, dump them on the bed and then sort them into the bins. I actually enjoy sorting the clothes into their respective bins as I like mindless, rote activities. See, I have my strengths!

[pats self on back]

The bed also serves as Dylan’s changing table, as evidenced by the wipes and Aquaphor. (Yes, I realize it is not a table.)

The Sorting Area:

But clearly we [I?] still have things to work out regarding our laundry system. I have not put any of the laundry away even once since the new laundry system was put into place many months ago. Instead, it has become the holding area for the clothes we use all the time. I never even need to go into my closet to get dressed anymore!

Let’s look more closely…

Here’s the towel and bib bin (on the left):

Here are Jay’s TWO bins. He has the most overflow.

Finally, the bin on the left contains my clothes and the bin on the right contains Dylan’s clothes.

And this concludes the tour of our laundry system. If anyone has any ideas as to how I can improve it, I’m all ears. As long as those ideas don’t involve actual work…

(ha ha…just kidding!)

(sort of)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

KELLY January 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

We are very similar in the fact that I wash and dry clothes no problem, but never find time to fold them. They are always piled high on my couch and noone ever has a place to sit
because of it. I’m actually considering your system.

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COURTNEY January 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

No, no…please reconsider trying my system as it is no system at all. Kelly, as my sister, it is entirely possible that you are also a mess and therefore we are just screwed when it comes to laundry.

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JASON SIROTIN January 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

This would work if I didn’t have eight jobs! The system is good we are just not following through. Maybe we need more hampers?! Maybe we need a full time housekeeper?! On that note hurry up and make this blog successful. What’s taking so long? It’s been a month.

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COURTNEY January 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

Yes, more hampers, that’s it! Like 10 more! Let’s just keep filling them up!

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KATIE February 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Hi Courtney:

What you need is racks and hangers. If you put the clothes on hangers right when they come out of the dryer (while they are still warm), you will never have to iron or fold again and the clothes are ready to wear. Then the hampers will just be for things like towels and bibs and you will have less overflow. If you ever miss the dryer shut off time and the clothes get all wrinkled just wet a face cloth and put it in the dryer with the dry clothes, turn on the dryer again for like 20 minutes and it will steam the wrinkles out again.

Hope this is helpful and that you are well.

Katie Hyde

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COURTNEY February 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

Katie! Hi! Man, I miss you! I’m so glad you found my blog. I hope you are doing well!

Regarding your laundry suggestion…

I don’t want to shoot it down right out of the gate, because you gave great tips that would help a normal person immensely, but for me, getting my clothes on hangers is the whole problem. If I could take it that far I wouldn’t be in this mess. I love the tip about the wet wash cloth though!

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