I know I’ve written many posts about how I don’t fold laundry, but that just wasn’t working for us anymore. Every morning I would spend too much time trying to dig out matching clothes for everyone from overflowing laundry baskets. It was taking too long and my kids weren’t able to get their clothes by themselves. So, I reworked the system.
Welcome to my no fold laundry system. Although the laundry is still not folded, it’s organized and put away. All I did was buy a bunch of bins and a 2×4 IKEA Expedit for my kids’ closet. When the laundry is all clean I just dump everything into each bin. Easy shmeasy.
I came up with this idea a while ago while trying to come up with a closet organizer. The closet in my kids room is huge, but since they don’t have much hanging stuff a lot of the space is wasted. So, we bought a 2×4 Expedit from IKEA and put it at the bottom of the closet. This way all the shelves are low to the ground, the kids can reach it and I can still hang things from the top.
Each child has a bin for shirts and pants and there are shared bins for pajamas, socks and yarmulkas. I realize that we can keep a lot in each bin because my kids still wear small clothes, but as they grow older I plan on making better use of the hanging space above and also might buy bigger bins.
I chose these bins because my kids can see what’s in each one without taking it out of the closet. They can also easily help me put things away :).
At first I wasn’t sure what others would think about this no fold system, but then I started reading more and more blog posts of others who do it, so I was convinced that this was the way to go for us. If you need convincing read here and here.
Once I started this no fold system with the boys clothes I noticed that I had already been doing it in little places around my house.
wash clothes in the bathroom closet
baby bibs and bottles
kids socks (I never folded these!)
I realize this system is far from perfect, but its made our mornings run a lot more smoothly than they used to. Of course in my dream world I wouldn’t ever have to worry about laundry, but not sure my dreams will ever become a reality. Know what I mean?
How do you deal with tons and tons of laundry? Do you fold it?