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I need a 'Laundry Organisation System". Or summat - please help

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PacificDogwood Mon 16-Jun-14 21:46:09

We are a household of 6 people.
I wash a minimum of one load of washing every day, usually 2; more if DS4 has weed the bed again or on towel/bedding day.

I would like to have something like a large washing basket with at least 4 smaller, ideally removable compartments so I could fold and sort my 4 boys washing into them and then carry the whole lot upstairs and put the little baskets in their room for them to put their clean stuff away.

I don't mind washing/hanging/taking down/folding everybody's stuff.
Putting it away is giving me The Rage.

So, is there such a thing as a 'modular washing basket'??

I thought if anybody knows, you lot might.
And if not, I am going to patent the idea.

MrsLettuce Mon 16-Jun-14 22:00:04

I use a folding crate each, works well. Different colour each for ease.

PacificDogwood Mon 16-Jun-14 22:05:40

Yes, I use those too, but just stack everything in, rather than having individual ones for everybody.

I don't think that what I'd like actually exists….

sassytheFIRST Mon 16-Jun-14 22:09:03

My kids have a cardboard tray (the type fruit is delivered to supermarket in) each. Stored in garage between washes.

I also pay them to put their things away - 10p a tray (weeks worth ) and cheap at twice the price!

RandomMess Mon 16-Jun-14 22:13:19

I make the dc sort out the washing into piles and then put away!

PacificDogwood Mon 16-Jun-14 22:30:26

Oooh, bribery might be an option! grin

RandomMess, I am fed up with 'making them' do it - I can and do make them do it, but it is beyond tedious.
So, I would prefer to put their individual little baskets in their respective rooms to do with as they wish.

didireallysaythat Mon 16-Jun-14 23:03:06

I sort the washing into crates according to colour. Then as I take stuff off the washing line I throw into into a different box for each person. The kids are too young to get putting it away I think but they understand the box is their clothes alone which helps.

RandomMess Tue 17-Jun-14 17:31:16

Mine keep moaning about getting the wrong socks and got short shrift about helping doing the sorting then wink

I find little bribes like pudding after "sock sorting" helps focus their minds!

CarolBornAMan Tue 17-Jun-14 17:41:54

we each have one of these laundry

They are quite light and even when full of laundry kids can move them upstairs or I can carry all 4 and distribute to their rooms.. plus they look quite nice as well

CeliaFate Tue 17-Jun-14 19:08:11

One of these each?

hyperhops Tue 17-Jun-14 19:46:18

we have a separate laundry basket dd1 dd2 and ds1 then one between youngest 3 dc and one for me and dh plus one for towels/sheets. These stay on landing/in bedrooms.
After the wash I sort washing into a separate one of these in different patterns for each dc and take up and deposit into room for them to throw on the floor put away.
The bags then return to the laundry to be folded flat and stored ready to refill...endlessly!

PacificDogwood Tue 17-Jun-14 22:08:54

Thanks for all the suggestions smile

Love, love the felt trugs but fear they would be destroyed in now time.

Those bags are great too, hyperhops, and such good value!

I am thinking of something like this - cheap and cheerful plastic baskets which could be filled downstairs, carried upstairs and returned back down when empty. I was hoping to find a large enough laundry basket that the little ones would fit into - I may well be over thinking this now grin

RandomMess Tue 17-Jun-14 22:59:30

FGS - just make them do their own for a few weeks, they will suddenly start being far more helpful with putting away with the threat of non automatic washing hanging over them wink

PacificDogwood Tue 17-Jun-14 23:05:00

Random, your suggesting is The Next Step.
Once DS4 is tall enough to reach the buttons on the washing machine grin

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Tue 17-Jun-14 23:08:33

I use big bags from Ikea - similar to this but they come in all different colours/patterns. They are not quite as big as hyperhops' ones, so you could carry several at once, and fold flat for storage when you're not using them.

I don't actually use them for sorting washing as I tend to do that upstairs anyway (I use them for taking the loads up and down, and for random things like packing kids' clothes for sleepovers), but I think it could work well.

SoonToBeSix Tue 17-Jun-14 23:19:40

Op that is exactly what I need too, we are a family of eight , laundry all gets mixed up.

mousmous Tue 17-Jun-14 23:25:05

my dc have a small squishy basket each where their pj's live during the day and their clean stuff during the night.
for sorting laundry (have one dark, one light box) we use ikea trofast boxes. is the box full = full load and a wash is put on. when folded the dc's clothes are dumped on thir beds to put away.

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