The laundry mountain - in search of the perfect laundry basket

(33 Posts)
Waferthinmint Sun 20-Jan-13 20:09:42

The washing mountain is a nightmare, it all gets shoved into the cavernous washing basket and then it is down to me to root around sorting the whites from darks and coloureds. It's gross and I hate it. It takes me ages and gets me in a grump

There must be a better way to manage this !?

How do you do it?

Does a sectioned laundry basket exist?

ArtyFartyQueen Sun 20-Jan-13 20:26:40

I've got this which works quite well: www.amazon.co.uk/LP-Triple-Laundry-Basket-Sorter/dp/B0046Z4P4M/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kh_1

Still doesn't wash my clothes for me though!

Waferthinmint Sun 20-Jan-13 20:33:13

Don't mind doing the washing. DO mind sorting through smelly socks!

I think i need something with a lid

zlist Sun 20-Jan-13 20:41:01

I have four large net washing bags that are hung on hooks on the inside of the under stairs cupboard (no room in utility). One for whites, lights, brights and darks. Laundry gets sorted straight into these and I put a load on whenever there is enough in each bag. It works really well for us!

buildingmycorestrength Sun 20-Jan-13 22:09:31

I just do with one quite small laundry basket, because when it is full I HAVE to do the washing. Otherwise I'd just let it build up for aaages and then wonder why we have no clothes... grin

lorisparkle Sun 20-Jan-13 22:52:59

I had a laundry sorter basket thing but dh was worse than the DC at putting clothes in the right section. so I bought a plastic one that was in the sainsburys sale and moved the sorter one into the utility room where I can sort the clothes.

ISeeSmallPeople Sun 20-Jan-13 22:56:08

I have one in the utility room.
It came from Argos, but lots of places sell them.

AdoraBell Mon 21-Jan-13 03:30:26

DCs each have a small one in their rooms, another small one in our room and yet another in the futility room. I have been known to empty in onto the floor, pick out the less manky bits and then scoop what's left into the machine.

I generally do lights and darks at 30 and lights/white at 40 and towels/underwear at 60.

One of DC's light chores in return for pocket money is to bring their dirties down when requested.

Waferthinmint Mon 21-Jan-13 07:29:38

Those of you who have laundry baskets in the utility room, do the family bring washing downstairs themselves?

ISeeSmallPeople Mon 21-Jan-13 07:33:42

Only when nagged to do so.
But if they don't, they don't get fed smile
I have little baskets for the children so they can carry them.

Flisspaps Mon 21-Jan-13 07:40:43

I have four of those plastic 'trug' things - one for whites, lights, darks and towels.

RooneyMara Mon 21-Jan-13 08:02:52

Oh what a useful thread. Thankyou OP thanks

I've got a plastic one for the dc's but could really do with a nice, not terribly ugly thing for the big bedroom. I've looked everywhere I can think of and it's all really weak wickery type things (dunelm) with bad hinges and saggy lids, or it's plastic blue or green things which just look horrid.

It needs to be fairly slim, not a wide, low basket thing iyswim
Any recommendations gratefully received.

MrsBucketxx Mon 21-Jan-13 08:07:35

I got two from homebase and still have to sort it.

I like the sectioned idea but I dont have the space for this

We have the triple laundry basket. Each section has a giant net bag hanging inside it which gets carried to the washing machine once it's full.

Above the washing machine and tumble dryer is a long shelf with six plastic baskets on it, one for each person. As the clean stuff comes out of the tumble dryer it gets folded into the correct basket. When the baskets are full, everyone takes them upstairs and puts their own clean laundry away.

TheDailyWail Mon 21-Jan-13 08:16:54

Is it only me who has a collection of baskets in my quest to find the perfect one?

I have a sorter which is in my dd's bedroom. I have another one which has all the children's hangers in them. Then I have a further 2 baskets to take washing to the machine (I had 3 but one broke)

Sorry, forgot to say that the triple thing for dirty laundry lives in the family bathroom, which is very close to the children's bedrooms.

OwlCatMouse Mon 21-Jan-13 08:28:18

Try this one

DewDr0p Mon 21-Jan-13 08:35:14

John Lewis has a good triple sorter one which I bought recently. Could do with a small separate basket for delicates though.

Ds1 also has one in his room for dcs' laundry and a big woven basket with lid for bedding and towels.

I have 2 plastic baskets for carting it all around.

Am loving the idea of 5 baskets to sort it into too!

MrsBucketxx Mon 21-Jan-13 08:51:28

Heres mine

Ambi Mon 21-Jan-13 09:01:33

I have 3 laundry baskets in our room. All dirty washing goes in. Darks, lights and whites when one gets full it goes to the wash. I love this system and would never go back to one hamper.

ISeeSmallPeople Mon 21-Jan-13 09:39:48

Curver do some nice plastic rattan style ones. Half price at sainsburys at the moment. It's like garden rattan style furniture. Round or rectangular, cream or dark brown, & come with hinged lids.
We have large squashy baskets for wet/dry washing, & mini colour coded ones for kids smalls. They have to carry their stuff upstairs & put it in their drawers.

ISeeSmallPeople Mon 21-Jan-13 09:50:46

I have these. Several as one is never enough.
Kids have matching colour coded minis from 99p shop.
Just bought this and am impressed with the quality ( cheaper at sainsburys smile ).
And an Argos divider for the futility, though just light & darks as no room for a triple.

I have the first sorter linked, it's great smileI am envy about the utility rooms/laundry rooms though, I would love one of those <sobs>

MrsBucketxx Mon 21-Jan-13 11:23:28

Me too whispers sad

marriedinwhite Mon 21-Jan-13 11:32:56

One laundry basket outside the main family bathroom. Sort it every morning and it sort of sits in layers with the day's dirties on the top. Wash every single day and more at weekends 9/10 loads a week here. Bring a load down every morning, feed cats. Empty tumbler fold what doesn't need ironing ready to go back upstairs, put wet washed stuff in tumbler and load and start washing machine. All just part of the routine and don't think about it.

Then I make a cup tea, empty dishwasher while kettle boils and make dd's packed lunch. Make everyone else a hot drink and sort out breakfast. Leave at 7.30 to take dd to school bus stop (too far to walk) - come back and pick up ds and drive him to school which is on the way to work for me.

I just don't spend much time thinking about it all.

Vertically Mon 21-Jan-13 11:35:19

I have 3 tall slim baskets from tesco, one each for darks/lights/colours, for dirty washing, once ones full it goes off for washing, and about 20 of the flexi-tubs from asda, large one for me and DP, a small one for each of the 3dc, a large one for towels/bedding, and 2 small ones for school uniform.

Each tub is named/labelled and each person (except the 2yr old) is responsible for their own tub. The Dc/Dp is also responsible for bringing their own dirty clothes/towels down and putting it in the right tub, else it doesnt get washed.

ISeeSmallPeople Mon 21-Jan-13 11:39:54

Don't be jealous of the futility. It's just another room where DH thinks its fine to leave all his crap stuff.
I have to sweep the rubbish he leave off, then wipe the surfaces down to clear his boot polish before I can think about putting anything light coloured near it.
I'd rather it were just a large cupboard that he left alone, rather than having to fit with him for space in it smile

Waferthinmint Mon 21-Jan-13 15:55:39

Vertically,
Where do your 20 tubs live?

Waferthinmint Mon 21-Jan-13 15:56:21

I have a utility room but it is a tip. I am inspired by the tubs for each persons washing.

But if I had a utility room, I could have tubs <sobs some more>

We only have one bathroom in the house too hmm

Abigail9580 Mon 21-Jan-13 17:03:43

All you people are so organised! I love it!! Going to steal the idea of having separate baskets for everyone's clean laundry, it's brilliant! And also ones to sort them (light/dark) as you go, but not sure my DH would get it!!

treesntrees Wed 23-Jan-13 18:37:22

BHS have some nice striped slim ones in various colours with lids. I've had to restrain myself from buying one as there is nowt wrong with my plakky one

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