I got a new laundry basket for my master bedroom.
The one I’d been using had cracked, the handle was gone and clothes were getting snagged.
So I replaced it.
Replaced. Because I didn’t need another laundry basket in there, just a different one.
Actually, at the time, it was the only laundry basket in the entire house. The others had been used as donatable Donate Boxes (leaving the house along with the stuff inside them) or sleds (breaking into pieces while sliding down a hill).
That’s a big deal, y’all. After years of believing all my Slob Problems would be solved if only I had enough laundry baskets, I was down to one.
Laundry baskets are good things, but my pre-blog home was proof that you can totally have too much of a good thing.
I did get another one, though, for my daughter’s room. We’d had a talk recently about her need for her own laundry hamper/basket since her clothes rarely made it to the one in the bathroom she shares with her brothers. I get that. I also need a place to throw clothes in the moment they leave my body.
So far, her new laundry basket is helping her keep her room much neater.
How were these laundry basket purchases different from the way I used to shop for housekeeping solutions?
Once upon a time, I felt overwhelmed at the state of my home, overwhelmed at the volume of laundry forever covering my floors. I stood in the laundry basket aisle, hoping these magical containers would solve all my problems. And since I had innumerable problems, I figured I needed as many baskets as my budget and my Suburban could handle.
But those baskets did nothing to actually solve my problems.
This time, though, I knew exactly what I needed. I wasn’t guessing or dreaming because I now have a routine and I know exactly how my routine works.
I’ve been having Laundry Day (almost) every week for more than five years, and I know exactly what we need to make it happen.
Yay for knowing so I don’t have to spend so much money on hope.
I also love love love the laundry hamper (it’s a hamper if there’s a lid, right?) we’ve had in the kids’ bathroom for several years. It rolls, so they can easily bring it to the laundry room for sorting. You can go through my affiliate link to find it here on Amazon, but I really don’t think I paid that much when I got it at Walmart.
Note: Yes, I said I have had that rolling hamper for several years. Yes, I am also surprised (and a little dismayed) that the sticker is still on it. Yes, I see that star. Yes, it’s part of a forgotten Christmas decoration which was invisible to me until I saw it in this picture. Yes, I have issues.
Posts that explain how I got laundry under control:
My Laundry Metamorphosis (explains all the failed systems I tried and what finally worked)
Laundry Conquered (a podcast in case you want to listen while you do laundry)
The Laundry Day Club (stories from people who’ve given Laundry Day a try and found it worked for them too, usually to their own surprise!)