How Do You Sort The Laundry?

How Do You Sort The Laundry?

Misty Adair
May 18, 2010

"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry." -- E.B. White
Give us grape duty any day because we'd rather do just about anything than sort dirty laundry, wash it, then fold and sort it again. It's even more of a chore for those of us who have to lug it all to a laundromat without losing pieces of our wardrobe along the way.

Lately, while grumbling over dirty clothes, we've been thinking about laundry organization. First of all, where should the hamper be placed to encourage family members to actually use it rather than the floor? And if the hamper has to be visible, does it also have to be ugly?

Not Ugly Hampers: Double Labeled Laundry Sorter by Whitmor, Daisy Crunch Can from Umbra, Chesterfield Double Tilt from Home Decorators, Decorative Jute Hamper from BedBathStore.

Once the dirty clothes are in the hamper, what is the best way to keep up with the laundry mini-series drama and place the clean garments back in the appropriate drawer or closet? We always separate the dark and light items and we usually split up "his & hers" as well. Sometimes we separate the "work" clothes from the "play" clothes. These methods point to sorting based on who wears the clothes, what is their color, and how bad do they smell. Because this may not be an entirely logical system, we are open to additional sorting criteria.

How do you cope with the laundry beastie? How often do you wash, how do you organize the process and do you actually enjoy doing the laundry? (Warning: This answer may vary if you are doing laundry for one person or two. . . Or for four messy people.)

Laundry Carts: Supreme Laundry Center, Easy Wheel Jumbo Cart, Laundry Hamper Caddy.

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