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AalyaSecura Sun 19-Mar-17 23:40:02

I'm in the final planning of my new utility room (yay!), with pretty good systems in place for most of the lanudry drill. DC have two laundry baskets in their bathroom (lights and darks), and we gave two in our bedroom. Washing machine, tumble dryer and overhead drying rack going in the utility. I will sort and want each person to collect their stuff to put away. I've been looking at various types of baskets etc, but don't have loads of space, so I'm after some ideas on how you sort your clean washing and give some responsibility to the DC to put away. Ideas?

BackforGood Sun 19-Mar-17 23:45:41

I sort it on the landing and put everybody's clean stuff on the floor outside their bedroom doors.

Poosnu Sun 19-Mar-17 23:51:11

I use Lakeland 25l laundry tote baskets to sort clean washing in the utility room. I have five baskets sitting on the counter (one per person) and sort as I unload the dryer.

LittleWingSoul Mon 20-Mar-17 10:50:22

I have 6x 18l curver baskets that I set out when folding laundry and put everyone's clothes into - 1 basket each plus baskets for towels or kitchen linens. They then get put in the appropriate person's bedroom and supposedly they get emptied by that person!

They are attractive enough on their own that their presence doesn't bother me if they don't get emptied straight away.

Icouldbeknitting Mon 20-Mar-17 10:51:52

Am I the only person who irons? I iron, put the item immediately on a hanger and then everyone is asked to put away their own clothes. The slacker who can't be bothered to take his clothes and hang them up gets to do his own laundry the following week. I have only done that once, the teen got the message very quickly.

LittleWingSoul Mon 20-Mar-17 14:05:30

Don't iron at all, unless we are going to a wedding or something! Most of the clothes we wear don't require ironing - non-iron school shirts get hung straight up and are never creased, DH doesn't have to wear a shirt for his current job. Hated the Sunday Night Iron Panic when he did have to wear shirts!

Factorysettings Mon 20-Mar-17 14:07:18

I use those collapsing, stackable crates.

AalyaSecura Mon 20-Mar-17 14:15:30

Thanks all! LittleWingSoul, I'm loving the curver basket website, never heard of them! Lakeland ones look good too. Great to get an idea of the size I'm likely to need. I think I do need stackable or collapsing with the limited space I have.

I barely iron either - DH sorts his own shirts out, the kids have great non-iron school shirts, and don't really mind being a little crumpled the rest of the time! The ironing board will be much more accessible in the new utility, hung up on the wall rather than behind the vacuum cleaner and shoe storage under the stairs, so you never know...

Niklepic Mon 20-Mar-17 14:19:42

I've found that the only way i don't get laundry constipation is when I sort it as soon as its dry. Things are folded, usually one or 2 bits need to be ironed and then it's put on beds to be put away. If i leave it in baskets it will stay in them forever. My family would probably see them as suitable storage.

MyVisionsComeFromSoup Sat 25-Mar-17 15:09:33

I used to have a line of baskets on the surface above the washing machine and tumble dryer, but I found everyone apart from me used it as clothes storage. So now I just have piles and practice ignoring them. Ironing I do in the living room and put it in piles on the sofa and chairs. If they don't take it upstairs, then there's nowhere for anyone (other than me) to sit down. Even if I had a purpose designed utility room, I don't think I'd go back to containers. They were quite useful when the DDs were babies/toddlers, when it was me putting things away, but as soon as I started delegating, it stopped working.

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Sat 25-Mar-17 15:41:47

I sort in our bedroom and put piles outside bedroom doors and next to DH's side of the bed, he leaves mine on our bed. We used to use the collapsing crates but then we had to go round retrieving them and would find they'd been filled with other stuff. Ironed shirts I put straight into wardrobes but I don't iron much else (DH does his own from his pile).

MrsJayy Sat 25-Mar-17 15:46:40

I would love a utility room <jealous> my lot would see baskets as wardrobes tbh so i sort stuff into piles and put them at bedroom doors or on beds it is quicker .

Swanlake123 Sat 25-Mar-17 15:47:22

Surely you just empty the washing machine / tumble dryer, either iron or don't (depending on preference) and then just carry it upstairs and put it on the owners bed to put it away. It's not that complex

MrsJayy Sat 25-Mar-17 15:48:02

Dh and Dd1 iron their own stuff me and dd2 dont mind being scruffs

WonderMike Sat 25-Mar-17 16:03:03

We have a set of stacking plastic drawers. One each. I put the dry clothes from the airer or tumbler directly into each person's drawer, then take drawer upstairs and dump into person's room when full. I got them from Ikea.

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