Laundry System...for Our Large Family

As you can imagine, in a family our size there is RARELY a day that the laundry bins STAY empty.  Try as I might, when there are children in the home, it is a very RARE occasion that clothes are clean for long.  So how do we try to manage the endless task of keeping laundry clean and keeping the dirty laundry organized?

Well, here's a tour of "Grand Laundry Station"...a place where the dirt stops and the aroma of bleach is a common scent.  ;-)

Looking into our laundry room from the hallway

I have found a sorting system that works well for our family and for the size of our laundry room...which is not all that large, but with some shelving, cabinets and arranging, it serves us well.

I printed labels from Print Shop and then laminated them for each drawer.  I then hole punched them and attached using ribbon to the wire drawer.  The added picture helps little ones know how to sort and the matching word helps the readers know where to put things.
This system was purchased at Lowe's Home Improvement store.  Each large drawer holds enough laundry for one large load of wash, the smaller top drawer I utilized for delicates (tights, hose, camis, etc.) and I keep our mesh laundry bags in the drawers for putting these items in before washing.  A plastic top was purchased to finish this system, which serves as a storage area for our large bin where baby's laundry goes.

This basket is the perfect size for infant/toddler clothes and their linens.
My husband added a shelf (several years ago when we were reorganizing our laundry room) with a closet rod so that I could store empty hangers, empty laundry baskets and a few misc. items.  This is convenient when taking clothes from the dryer and hanging right away.  To further organize laundry, I have assigned a hanger color to each person in the family.  This makes it easy to sort clothes when dealing with clean laundry AND keeps their closets uniform.  For example, all the girls have pink plastic hangers, my husband and oldest son have white plastic hangers, I have mauve plastic hangers, so on and so forth.

He also added two wall cabinets and added another closet rod between them.  The rod gave additional space for hanging clean clothes until they could be put away.  The cabinets provide additional storage for our family for laundry cleaning products, sewing bins of materials, ribbons, etc.  I try to keep containers with liquids in a clear plastic bins to avoid leakage inside the cabinets...

Cabinets with the additional closet rod are located above our washer/dryer/dirty laundry system for convenience.  The space above the cabinets provide more storage area.
An inside look at the left cabinet...bulk items used for making our laundry detergent, as well as spot cleaners such as Simple Green (love this product for stain removal), bleach, etc.

A look into the right cabinet were we have our dryer sheets, sewing items and misfit sock basket (never empty).

My system for handling those misfits...a basket, which is periodically gone through, but seemingly never empty.

Lastly, our laundry room houses our Doorpost charts and central vac hose/accessories.  To keep the home somewhat clutter free I have utilized the laundry room walls to display our posters for training...If/Then Chart, Go to the Ant Chart, Brother Offended Chart and our Blessings Chart.  They are conveniently located to refer to as needed and the vacuum equipment is only steps away from our kitchen, so this, too, serves as the perfect place to keeping these items...we use the central vac several times a day to keep messes down.

It helps to have the posters in a location that is visited every day...great visual reminders.

Well, that's a tour of our laundry room and our laundry sorting systems.  This is what works for us in our family of 9. 

Blessings ~

Thanks for hosting this week's look into laundry rooms and clothes sorting systems.  It's been a great opportunity to glean from other families in managing their homes.  To see other families systems or to participate click here.


The Pennington Point said...

You've done an amazing job with such a small space. I love the little tags, that's just something I would do. If you added a board across the top of those fabulous shelves you'd have a little more storage (every inch counts). Great job! Lisa~

Carrie said...

I like your idea for keeping liquids in plastic containers so they don't leak inside the cupboard. You've really utilized every bit of space in your laundry room!

Seasons of Life said...

Thank you for visiting Lisa & Carrie. Your idea about the added shelf about the smaller rod would give me space "all the way across" my cabinets and that added few inches for more storage. Thanks for the idea, Lisa!

Blessings to you both ~

Blessed Mom said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! Your laundry room is wonderful! I have got so many ideas to try! thanks!


Becky said...

Thanks for the comment, you know what's funny I have bins but they never got labels and they never hold the same thing twice. Maybe if the kiddos knew where to put things they could help out. I am going to add labels and a rod in my laundry closet this weekend. Those are two great ideas thanks :)

mary said...

the laundry room is wonderful. I only wish mine was so well organized. I love the way you have everything in it's place. thanks.

Eliza Ellis said...

Lol, we have color coded hangers too, and I never fold my daughter's clothes (except socks, knickers, singlets etc) - takes waaay too much time, and they always look nice and neat hanging in the closet. Love your advice!

Jarnette Smith said...

Hi Eliza. Thanks for stopping over to Seasons of Life. I love the uniformity in the closet when all the hangers are the same color and style. Just makes things look neater. ;) Hanging helps things from getting creased and wrinkled, it keeps from having to 'dig' to find something.

Blessings to you and thanks again for stopping over.