Laundry Room Hampers

March 29, 2010 by  

Laundry Room Sorting Hampers

How many of you use sorting bins or laundry hampers in your laundry rooms?  This is something that I would have a hard time managing my laundry without.  I can understand for those of you who do not have the room to have them, but many times you can make the room, even when you don’t think you have it.

Why use Sorting Bins?

Instead of bringing all your dirty clothes down and throwing them in one big pile, you can sort your clothes into color groups that you wash.  I have 7 hampers.  Whites, jeans, reds, light permapress, dark permapress, towels, and  extra (misc – like pillows or delicates).

I bring all the laundry down and sort it. Then spend the next day or so getting it completed.

Sorting Bins

Sorting Bins

I don’t have the space.

My laundry room is not a very big room at all.  But I made room, by pushing my washer/dryer all the way up against one wall. That gives me the space to put 4 of them down one wall. Then the other 3 sit out into the middle of the room in front of the washer & dryer.  (I have changed it up just a bit from this pic. I did have 5 down the one wall, but when they worked on my washer/dryer I haven’t been able to get them push over as far as they had been & I can only fit the 1 white one in the back).

Make the space

Basement – Some of the homes I have had I made it work.  I had one house with my washer & dryer in the basement.  In that house it was easy, I threw down a few rugs and used my laundry hampers as “boundry walls” of my laundry area.  This was a zone the kids stayed out of while playing and it made me feel like it was my own space.

Closet washer & dryer – I also had a house that had a washer and dryer in the upstairs hallway. It was just in a folding closet.  What I would do is to have my hampers & I would stack them when not in use. I had room in my bedroom closet to keep the several hampers stacked when not using. Then on laundry day I would get those out and use them in the hallway to sort my clothes. As the hamper was empty I would simply stack it inside another one & would reduce how many were out.

Another option would be to use the hampers in each person’s bedrooms.  Just have them bring their laundry hamper out of their room full of their dirty clothes. Dump all the clothes out and you have your empty hampers to now use as sorting bins for the day.

There are folding hampers that can work but I don’t like them for long term.  I think you need something sturdy that will hold up. I have also tried the ones that have like 3 netted sorting hampers that fit together with a PVC pipe kind of thing. I do not like these. They are always falling apart. If you want to use something like this, then I would suggest paying a little more and getting something made with sturdy metal that won’t be falling apart.

I think using sorting bins will make your laundry day go much easier.

I linked this post to:

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Delightful order

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8 Responses to “Laundry Room Hampers”
  1. Oh to have a laundry room that big! My kids each have a hamper in their room, and we have an extra one in our bedroom for towels. I try to do a load each day, and between 3 kids, Matt and myself – it’s pretty easy to do.

    I do love your way though – maybe someday when I get a house with an actual laundry ROOM instead of a laundry “hallway” I will use that idea. I foresee an area that is 1/2 butlers pantry with lots of storage, and 1/2 laundry room with a built in ironing board and an area for hanging clothes!

    Oh the possibilities!

  2. Great ideas! We’re moving soon and I’ll have a closet laundry, but I’m inspired to give this a try. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Melody says:

    I have a basement laundry “room”…I also have a rug thrown down there for warmth and comfort and to make it a laundry zone area. I love my plastic netted sorting hamper but, like you said it was always falling apart, until my handy husband used pvc plumbing glue and put it together…It has not fallen apart since and it won’t…sturdy as can be…Thanks for the tips!

  4. DaNita says:

    Hey great laundry! thanks for linking up to the laundry room post I had done. The laundry I have shown is actually not my room. It is my brothers laundry – I was hired to do the room. I will share my laundry room someday too.

  5. Sandy says:

    Oh…that makes sense why you were having your brother help you! lol

  6. But, then as you have restricted choices for a no-carb breakfast
    menu, you can think about these as breakfast choices.

  7. E says:

    I realize this Ai an old post, but I hope someone is still able to respond! I really like this idea and would like to know the brand of the green bins and where I can find them.
    Thank you!

  8. Sandy says:

    I got them at Walmart. The brand is Sterilite. Thanks

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