Let’s be honest. All the laundry room ideas for laundry systems and stuff I see on Pinterest are gorgeous and all, but…
What am I supposed to do when I don’t have a big ol’ laundry room?
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In the actual laundry area in the under ground portion of the house, I’ve got two office-turned-folding-tables stationed around an area rug, next to my bare-bones top loading washer and equally as bare-bones dryer that pair beautifully on the concrete floor. The walls are poured concrete, overlaid with this stunning insulation bolted to the walls. Despite it popping off in some spots, it’s fabulously warm down there. It really brightens the space! I also have half of a repurposed kitchen rack to hold all my random laundry supplies, and the location of this is in the most inconvenient of areas – next to the dryer. We designed it this way so I would want to rip my hair out each time I did the laundry. And guess what, it’s working because most of the time, I can’t be bothered to return my flings or softener back to the rack as it’s such a far reach; they mingle on the dryer. I am certain the most convenient of things I have is the little magnet dryer sheet holder! There are also up tp 5 rogue laundry baskets hovering around, which scarcely hold laundry. The dirty laundry is always drawn to a random coordinate on the floor instead.
The children, who are learning about how the separation of undies and pants will actually be better for them in the long run, used to have a pop-up hamper in their bedrooms. Andrew (the son) likes to dump the clothes out from all the hampers and pretend he is a robot from inside the hampers, so 2 were moved into the main hallway, and one has gone missing. I hate them there, because they’re hideous.
My laundry room issues are: too many rogue hampers and baskets, and no one to put the laundry away.
Here is the solution I’ve come up with… Two gorgeous wire laundry room baskets with casters under a cute shelf, in the “laundry staging area” (Andrew named this, obviously) in the hallway, and hiring out someone to put my laundry away. I’m kidding, I will put the laundry away because I’ll have all the energy leftover because I won’t be traipsing all over God’s green earth looking for the stupid plastic hideous baskets!! I will say though, Lilly and young Andrew put their own laundry away 80% of the time because they are 3 and 6, with 2 fully functioning arms and hands, it’s just Edith’s and the grown up clothes that don’t get put away 99% of the time. Full parenting disclosure: I’m not expecting a 3 year old to perfectly sort and put away their laundry – my expectations are that the laundry basket is empty and clothes are located somewhere inside the drawers.
Here are my 5 favorite baskets that will fix all my laundry mistakes!
Did y’all know there are actually $300 laundry room carts with wheels? Do people purchase those? If so, I don’t know them. I will tell you right now, I am going to get that look by just popping some chunky casters onto one or two of these cute little baskets.
1: Hudson 43 Naturalist Wire Basket (Joann, $30)
This basket is a cutie, and I’m loving the wooden carry handle. I love how this one looks like a farm style egg basket (like these planters from my Farmhouse Porch Tour) but these are just deeper.
2: Threshold Extra Large Round Wire Decorative Storage Bin (Target, $25)
Now this Threshold basket is awesome. I actually walk past this cutie in my Target all the time. Each time I look at it with loving eyes and wonder where else I can use a basket. Perhaps I’ve found it’s calling?
3: Large Milk Crate Wire Storage Bin (Target, $20)
I certainly enjoy this square shape! I’ve also seen this basket at Target, and I covet. The shape of these can totally work under a shelf or skinny table also.
4: Wire Basket (Urban Outfitters, $39)
This copper is so lovely, right? This one is from Urban Outfitters, and only available online. The detail of the weaving only on the bottom is pretty unique too.
5: SKALNY Square Wire Storage Basket (Nordstrom Rack, $18)
The thin wire on this basket speaks to me… can you hear it? It’s saying “fill me with stinky laundry because my wire weave is so delightful and thin!”
Which basket is your favorite for this laundry room?
All these baskets are around the same size, generally 15″ tall and about 13″ across. I’m not looking for a gigantic basket, because then I will have too much laundry all at once. I know you’re thinking I should just do the laundry more often no matter the size of the basket, thus alleviating the problem of being inundated by a mountain of it. Let’s get real here, I’m not going to do that, because I’m 35 and set in my laundry ways. The only solution I can think of, is to get rid of the runaway baskets, downsize to a cute smaller basket or two underneath a cute little shelf area in the newly named Laundry Staging Area. Once those small basket(s) are full, the contents get washed, dried, and returned. That much I can follow through with; I will never stick with a plan that’s got too many moving parts that are always missing.
I think this could work. If it doesn’t, at least it’ll look pretty, right?
Share with me your laundry systems, pretty laundry areas, and if you are too doing laundry in your dungeon basements! Also feel free to pin your little hearts out!