I decided to start with the probably equal-most troublesome area of the house to keep organised. We really struggle with meal planning and keeping the kitchen under control, but lately we have really had trouble with the laundry.
Being shift workers makes any routine hard to follow, I try to plan meals in advance so I’m always organised a day or two in front, but when we get busy we really do fall behind on the washing. For us it’s more about getting the washing washed and hung out, we’re relatively vigilant with the packing away part. I finally decided we needed to find a way to get on top of the washing and stay on top of it, and not on top of the massive pile I felt like we had, so I utilised a post I found on facebook.
Kmart Mums Australia is a facebook group where women share “Kmart hacks” using Kmart products, and ask other women for reviews and inspiration. I was referred to it by a friend who found an awesome post about a food platter presentation for a party she was hosting, she then showed me some other things she had picked up and utilised around her house. I immediately loved some of the ideas I found on the page, and ever since I keep an eye on it and I have a todo list of things hubby and I would like to implement around the house. So I have to credit this laundry storage idea to this group.
Our laundry is really small, something that I would love to fix, but not high on the financial priority list right now. Our laundry pretty much houses a sink, our washing machine, dryer, kitty litter boxes, and had an old hand-me-down cane washing hamper. All our cleaning products were stored either on top of the dryer and swayed with the machines during a cycle, or stuffed inside the cupboard under the sink, while the hamper was like a black hole where things went to get lost and disappear.
Our washing system!
We had a basket in our room that was as tall as my hip, it ended up stuffed with washing and I was lucky to get through half of it, and often in order to sort it items were thrown into the cane one in the laundry to be forgotten. When we needed uniforms, gym gear, underwear etc or the basket was quite full we would try and get on top of it. I had never struggled with laundry before, when I lived alone I did all my washing on my first day off, or on the day before my day off so I could make the most of my weekend, but with two people I now have double the load. We needed a routine! For a household that actually doesn’t have a routine.
What I did:
I recalled seeing a post about a storage idea on facebook, I showed it to hubby and he thought it was a great idea so we went together to our local store and purchased a shelving unit, and three of the washing baskets I had read would fit on each shelf. He put it together and I sorted the washing accordingly. I found two washing machine loads of towels had been hidden in that hamper, along with gym gear I had lost, socks, underwear and other clothes.
I sorted the washing onto 3 different baskets:
- 1st = Priority items
- 2nd = Non-priority items
- 3rd = Special care items requiring to be washed in cold or on a gentle cycle or hand-washed (husband-proof)
I have been washing 1-2 loads a day to catch up and I’m almost there, the best part is that the laundry looks so much more organised, we have a shelf to store litter deodorisers and laundry detergent. Above all it actually looks bigger and tidier than it did before (even if a bit dated and daggy in the tiles), and, we can see the washing, I can see it growing and I can see when we’re catching up, so no more hidden items lost for months at a time. I’ve even found a spot for delicates bags too. Yes, I am a sad housewife who gets excited about the little things like an organised laundry and pantry. Sad, but true!