Okay, so here's the good, the bad and the dirty...our laundry room/family closet. :)
We run loads through here six days a week. Usually we have 2-3 a day unless we have extra bed clothes to do. I wash mine and hubby's clothes on Saturday and Wednesday. On those days I usually get everyone's clothes ready for church. Our oldest girl washes the girls' clothes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Oldest boy washes the boys' clothes on Mondays and Thursdays. Sometimes they don't take the initiative to get started and I start it for them. Then they have to finish it.
Coming into the washroom this is what you usually see. In those baskets are underwear to be put away, one basket of girls' clothes to be put away and one boys' basket to be put away.
Turning to your right, this is what you will see. The wooden closet holds extra hangers and the drawers holds the children's socks, underwear, ties and belts. On top of that little closet and the containers on the right have the out of season/ out of size clothing. In the very right hand corner is more construction stuff from our addition. :/
We keep the childrens clothes stored in bins on this metal shelf along with the hanging rods. Each child gets a bin. It's fast and efficient to immediately fold the clothes and toss them in a bin or hang them up. There's no more of taking clothes out of this room to fold and put away....no more stacks of clothes left all around the house!
Here's our washer and dryer. I am thankful for them both. With that said, I miss my top loader! If/ when we need another washer I want a top loader again. Front loaders are not what they are cracked up to be. Anyway, the dirty clothes for the children are to the left of the washer. The cubby hole comes from the children's bathroom. In the children's bathroom there is a bin that stays in a cabinet in which they toss their clothes in. Once that bin is full they put another bin in front of it and it pushes the full bin out into the washroom through the cubby hole. I had a dream about doing this when we were building the addition. It works well.
On top of the washer we have a lot of cleaners. I use both homemade store bought detergent. If I find a good deal in the store bought then that's what we use. If not I use our homemade of which I store in ice cream buckets. On the dryer, I have a basket of rags used for cleaning. I rewash the rags and toss them back in the basket for cleaning again.
I need to add that hubby and I still transport our dirty clothes from our bathroom to the washroom. Then once laundered, I take our clothes back to our bedroom. The family closet is mainly just for the children. I guess that concludes my laundry system. It's a system that is right for our family.
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