I’m not about to air mine, although I can’t deny that if I manage to make it to a ripe old age I may just write some kind of blogging memoir. Whether anyone will be remotely interested in several decades time remains to be seen but goodness…the stories I could tell.
Back to the subject in the literal sense, actual clothes that need a bloody good wash. My question of the day is where the hell do you put them? I’m assuming the vast majority of you are going to say a laundry basket of some description, but where do you keep that? In our previous home we used to have a walk-in cupboard in the guest bedroom that housed ready-for-a-spin-cycle garments in a rather snazzy colours/whites/darks separated canvas bag. Only it wasn’t that snazzy. In fact it didn’t actually hold many items at all. When we moved to our family abode I vowed to have invented some way of keeping our washing hidden discreetly whilst actually keeping on top of it in general thus preventing the requirement for several giant storage options.
I am half way there. For the most part I do keep on top of it, especially as I am buying Mabel less (because let’s face it, she grows so quickly it seems such a waste) so if I didn’t put a wash on every day she would be going to nursery naked. And also because now I have a re-decorated and altogether more aesthetically pleasing utility room, it doesn’t seem such a chore.
I have this rather cleverly shaped two section folding laundry hamper that I keep behind the aforementioned utility door, it’s actually quite chic/minimalist so I don’t really notice it’s there. I use it for towels and bed linen. Our clothing is currently in the matching rectangular hamper at the bottom of the bath in the family bathroom. You can’t actually see it as you enter the room, and we seem to be in a routine where we put a wash on as soon as it appears to be a tad over loaded.
I’m not sure this is the best solution but it’s working ok for us so far. I’m hearing more and more about utility rooms being housed on the first floor, which makes sense as that’s where all of the washing (bar tea towels I guess) essentially is. I’ve still not mastered the separation of garments based on their different temperature requirements/colours – I find myself sitting on the bathroom floor on a regular basis sorting through everything and then trying to carry a pile of stuff down the stairs, trailing socks in my wake. Hand-washing in particular seems to get thrown in with everything else willy-nilly and I find myself accidentally chucking a pretty bra in with a selection of denim only for it to be spun to the point the underwire pokes out. First world problems and all that.
Where do you keep your laundry? And what efficient process do you have in place to make sure everything is separated? Do you manage to keep on top of the washing?
This might be the dullest feature I have ever penned. I promise to share lovely shiny covetable things with you all next week.
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