10 Ways to Organize Your (Dirty) Laundry

Anyone else out there have a problem keeping their laundry in one place? It's tempting to throw your clothes on the floor at the end of a long day, but it's an express ticket to messy-town. If you're still looking for the right system to help you keep your clothes corralled, here are a few options for dealing with dirty laundry.

  1. This combination laundry room and home office (found on Home-Designing) makes smart use of available space, tucking two hampers for dirty clothes under a desk next to the washer and dryer.
  2. This Swedish utility sink lets you throw your dirty laundry into wire drawers, then toss it into the washer when you're ready. Even if you don't have your own washing machine, we like the idea of using wire drawers to sort the laundry.
  3. Jeanine lines a hallway with industrial rolling bins, where family members can toss their clothes into the pile.
  4. A good-looking laundry hamper can hide out in a corner of a bathroom or bedroom. This is the Sedona Hamper from Crate & Barrel ($90).
  5. If you're lucky enough to have a laundry closet or a full laundry room, you can hide your dirty clothes next to the washer/dryer. This photo from the Container Store shows clear plastic drawers stacked next to the washer, but a couple of stackable laundry baskets would work as well.
  6. This is an old, no-longer-available product—the Cartwright Laundry Station—from Restoration Hardware, but we're including it in the list because we think it's a smart way to think about laundry. You could easily set this up by putting a few hampers under a table and, if you want to hide the hampers, just use a long tablecloth or a table skirt, or use a cabinet instead of a table.
  7. If you find a cool-enough hamper, it can double as a side table. The Kartell Componibili Hamper is a rolling design made of ABS plastic and available from All Modern for $223.
  8. For a country look, try a rolling collapsible wire bin like the one in this photo from Country Living. (You can find vintage versions on Etsy.)
  9. This idea comes from Martha Stewart Living. Hang a laundry bag on a door hook, and use an embroidery hoop to keep it neat and open for easy access.
  10. Bright, good-looking laundry baskets can add color and style to a room, and if they're stackable it's even better. The ones shown above are TubTrugs.


Photos: Home Designing, Ifo-USA, Jeanine Brennan, Crate & Barrel, Container Store, Restoration Hardware, Aaron Able, Country Living, Martha Stewart, Sarah Coffey