I’ve talked about my closet before and lamented about the fact that I’ve never had a walk-in closet. (My Underwhelming ‘Dream Closet’). Well, after I did that re-arranging of everything last fall (A Closet Purge & a New Plan), I’ve been relatively happy with my closet situation, with one problem: my laundry.
I’m one of those people who doesn’t bother with separating laundry and I basically just throw everything in together. Jack’s clothes, Travis’ work clothes, my stuff… no big deal, WASH IT ALL.
Typically I don’t have any issues with this, as I use cold water for most loads and I’ve never had a problem with colors bleeding on other items. The one problem I DO have is that many times I have an item that I want to wash and hang to dry… but I forget about it and throw it in the dryer.
Yup, I’ve ruined plenty of items over the years by dryer shrinkage. Even though I mentally tell myself NOT to forget that I want to air-dry my jeans, or my snazzy linen t-shirt, I get distracted and BOOM it goes in the dryer. So sad.
But now, I have finally found a solution so easy that I’m kicking myself for not doing this decades ago.
Check it out:
I have TWO laundry baskets!
I KNOW, it’s like the world stopped moving for a minute. The larger basket is the one I’ve been using for years and years, but the smaller basket is all-new goodness. I bought a little square basket (it’s like this one) and also a couple mesh delicate’s bags (like this). I keep the bags in the basket and as I wear my clothing I throw the ones that need to be air-dried into the little basket. Then, when it is laundry day I either do a load of just air-dry stuff, or I put the few items into a delicate’s bag so I can’t forget about them.
It is so simple; I can’t believe that it took me so long to do it. Also, it literally cost me less than $15, which makes me sick when I think about how much money I wasted by ruining stuff.
Did you find this tip helpful, or have you been doing this since the beginning of time?
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