Organizing Dirty Laundry

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Sorting and organizing your dirty laundry before it is washed can be very helpful. It will keep like colors and types together and help with folding and putting away later. This is a page about organizing dirty laundry.
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So as to run full loads only in my washing machine, which is most efficient, I keep 2 popup hampers in my bathroom closet. One has a little hanging tag marked "Lights", and the other "Darks". As I take off my clothes, they are put into the appropriate hamper. When one is full, I do a load of laundry. In a larger family, this can be done in each person's room or bathroom, and combined for laundry day. It saves sorting dirty laundry, and it saves time.

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I use the rubbermaid type storage containers for laundry baskets. I hang my laundry on a clothesline, so they hold a lot and do a great job. They don't break like laundry baskets do. I have been using the same one for years now.

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By Tammie from Auburn, GA

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My sorting of dirty laundry begins with the hamper I toss it into. I have a separate white circular hamper for white mostly cotton clothes. As for the others, I separate permanent press andhang-up clothes from folded clothes, such as colored tee shirts and underwear.

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I read all the tips for organizing dirty laundry and have to shake my head in amazement. Why do you let your dirty laundry pile up so much? Keep ahead of your dirty laundry by washing, drying, and putting away at least one load per day.

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August 24, 2004

To make laundry sorting easier and faster I have a blue 10 gallon trash can for blue jeans, a white one for whites, and a green one for everything else.

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January 25, 2007

Don't throw away those department store handle bags. Store them in your linen closet and use them to carry the various loads of wash to the laundry room and then put the clean clothes back in them to carry them to the areas in the house where the items are stored.

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I like to wash some items separately from others. This includes all of my kitchen hand towels, dish sponges, dust cloths, and cleaning rags.

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To keep them from getting mixed in with the other laundry, I store the used towels/sponges beneath my sink in small dollar baskets.

Dirty towels stored in smaller baskets in the laundry room.

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September 17, 2008

I bought laundry baskets for each member of the family. These baskets have three compartments and is on a frame that rolls. Every time an item of clothing is put into the basket, it is put into it's correct spot, so when it is filled the laundry is already sorted.

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April 4, 2005

Tips for organizing dirty clothes. Post your ideas.

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April 4, 20050 found this helpful
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Put a cardboard divider in your clothes hamper and use one side for whites and one for darks. Then when your family puts clothes in, they will already be sorted. Towels and sheets can also go on the white side if you have more dark clothes in family. This has worked very well in my household for several years.

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I use two laundry hampers that stack on top of one another. They have handles, and there is a space on the bottom of each basket where the handles can fit. They are designed specifically for this purpose, and they hold a fair amount of laundry as well. The handles are an added plus because they make it easier to carry the laundry around. I do not recall if they are Rubbermaid baskets, but I got them some time ago at a Walmart. So whenever one of them gets full enough, I simply carry it to the washing machine and put the stuff in. I have also seen fancy sorters that are made of both cloth and wood. My mother has one that sorts darks and lights, but has a smallish pocket between the dark and light portions and that is for delicate stuff. That's great for someone who has to carry their laundry a substantial distance or down several flights of stairs. The fancy kind are often on wheels, but they are extremely pricey, and in my mind, not worth the expense.

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I have a small trash can with a lid that we put white clothes in, and then we have a regular hamper for colored clothes. Since I have 3 boys, I bought a white trash can and blue hamper so they understand the concept.

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April 12, 2018

This is a page about dealing with dirty clothes when traveling. Your well packed suitcase becomes less so as clothing gets worn. Now you need to find a convenient way to store the dirty clothing until you get home.

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Packing it into a pillowcase or a mesh bag is one solution.

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