Laundry Organization: Hampers

Whether you do laundry at home, take it to the laundromat, or a shared laundry room, organizing and streamlining it starts with the hamper. Hampers placed in convenient areas where you tend to remove your clothes, like the closet or the bathroom, keep dirty clothes off the floor and contained in one spot.
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A great option, if you have the space for it, is one that’s divided into two or three sections {one for lights, one for darks, etc}. This option saves time on sorting since it allows you to simply throw your clothes into the appropriate sections as you take them off.
With the same idea in mind, you can get multiples of the same hamper one for each section you want. {Tip: rectangular (as opposed to round) ones are best for this purpose as they make better use of space when arranged side by side.}
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To minimize struggling while transporting the laundry or to avoid transferring clothes into a separate laundry bag, opt for a hamper that’s not too heavy and you’re comfortable carrying or one with a built-in removable bag {like the one pictured below right}.
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I’m loving this one {shown below} in classic black and white stripes from Etsy seller FlauraDesign, which has hook and loop fastners that make the bag easy to attach and remove.
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P.S. She also has a cute yellow and white striped one -check out her shop here.
If you’re short on space, use one that will take advantage of vertical space like those that hang on a door or hook. To make it easy to deposit dirty clothes, use something like this for your drawstring laundry bag {pictured below left}. You can also make your own by using an embroidery hoop as seen in the photo below right from Martha Stewart.
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  • THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE

    I love all of these. My situation is definitely not glamorous…I live in an apartment with limited storage options. I have a pretty nice hamper but then I take all of my laundry downstairs to the basement in a granny cart! It's kinda a NYC thing. How glam, right? lol

    Hope your week is of to a great start! :)

  • Lisa – Fine Sweet Life

    I have the first item and I wouldn't live without it. So easy to sort as you go. Saves so much time, and it is great to fold on top of it. Love it. I got mine from Hold Everything before they went out of business.

  • Megan Smart

    Hello, I stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it! I have a cheapo version of the first hamper but it drives me crazy because the bags will not stay in place. I never thought about one on a door hook. Thank you for the idea!!!!

  • Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog

    We really need a new hamper! I'm loving that striped one and the sleek C&B one… off to show the boyfriend. Thanks for the inspiration :) .