This is the sorting area. Each person is responsible for sorting their own clothes. The top basket is labeled "towels" and that is where all dirty/used towels are placed. Underneath are the "dark", "light", and "white" baskets for clothing. I colored in the letters with examples of what those colored clothes may look like, although this does not guarantee they will all be sorted correctly! :-) Those lingerie bags hanging on the wall are for the children. They each have a bag in which they place their dirty socks and undies. They go into the washer and dryer and when they come out, each child folds his/her own and puts them away. It works great and saves a ton of time trying to figure out what belongs to who.
Right next to the sorting station is an area where I am able to hang clean clothes. Each person is responsible for finding his/hers and putting them away.
|You'll notice the Tide containers in the back left corner. They hold my laundry soap that I made. Take a peek at that post here. It works pretty well, but does not get out stains as well as Tide did. I keep a stain spray handy and add a cup of baking soda to each load to help.|
And this is where all the action happens...the washer and dryer! I had my hubby paint a piece of particle board with a few coats of white paint and put it on top of the washer dryer so that I would have a folding area in the laundry room. I have a stack for each member of the family and at the end of the day, we put laundry away. I have a stack of "to be mended" or "to be ironed" and take care of that when all the laundry is completed.
I hope you were able to get an idea or two about how to stream-line your laundry process. Of course, it doesn't always work as intended (like the red shirt ending up in the whites....ugh!) and needs to be supervised. But it has freed up a lot of my time and made the children more responsible for the care of their clothing.