Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Who Loves Laundry? Let's Review a Great Way to Make that Job Easier!

No one I know loves to do Laundry!  But the fact is it needs to be done regularly, otherwise your friends may not be friends for long!  Let's Review how to make this chore more enjoyable and more organized!

It's been almost 7 months into our big change in lifestyle.  We moved from our home into an apartment and as you can imagine there are some changes that we did not foresee!

Generally we are happy with our move into a flat, one level apartment.  We are blessed with an apartment that is almost as big as our home was, so space is not an issue!  Our kids were informed and invited to our home(before the move) to select from our discards, anything that they felt personally attached to and whatever it was, found a new home with them. 

laundry room imagesThe one change that I did not foresee was being able to go and do laundry at any time.  If I had a special outfit that needed laundering or I was just tired of having a pile in the hamper, I would go down to my laundry room and get on with the job at hand.  In an apartment it's a little different. 

Each wash load and dryer load costs you on your "laundry credit card".  So the idea of doing only a few items at a time becomes an issue.  Luckily, our building and the laundry facilities are wonderful and well maintained.  There is no issue with not having enough machines to do the work.  The only issue is that they are not as adaptable as a home washing machine is.

Solutions for Laundry Struggles

These machines are industrial in size and capacity.  Small loads are not an option and I understand that completely.  So when laundry day rolls around, it's nice to have everything already sorted and ready to place into the machine. In my home, when sorting was done, one black sock would always manage to stay out of the dark cycle. Don't you hate it when that happens?

To that end, Hubby and I invested in a Laundry  Sorter Cart that is both practical and it's not too bad to look at either.  It fits nicely into a corner of our bedroom, and because of its design the laundry gets sorted into colors, whites and darks, as our day clothes are being changed into PJ's. 
laundry washers and clothes baskets

Half of the laundry work is already done now!  When we were in the house, everything went into one hamper, so sorting was another part of the job, before it went into the machine.  Not anymore!

This cart allows you to sort your laundry and it has nice big wheels so that moving it from the bedroom to the laundry room is as easy as taking the garbage out to the garbage chute.  Down the hallway to the elevators, into the laundry room without having to lift big loads or cumbersome laundry baskets.  When the laundry is complete, you have the choice of folding in the laundry room or bringing it back to the apartment to do that job in the comfort of your own space.  It all fits back into the trolley and rolls with you back to your abode.  Easy, quick and it does not require any lifting or lugging!  How many times had I folded everything, put it nicely back into the Laundry baskets and had one of the handles slip out of my grip?  All my clothes are now unfolded and on the floor.  Talk about frustrating and upsetting!  Not Anymore!  

If I can suggest anything to someone who is moving into an apartment, it would be this Laundry Cart!  It has made a big difference for us and I'm sure it will for you too!  A great gift or housewarming present for every senior who is downsizing and decluttering.  Neat, tidy, and useful, these are the things I look for nowadays.  This fits that bill perfectly.  

There is just one other thing that I have purchased to help with laundry days and that is a small collapsible dryer for those things that I really don't want to go into the dryers.  My Delicates go on this and within a few hours they are dry too!  I guess my south facing balcony helps there.   

When this little wire dryer is folded flat it takes up only a few inches of space. I hide it in our Storage area until I need it again. Light and easy to unfold, it takes up room only when it's opened up. The rest of the time, it is hidden away.

When we made our move, I was worried about adjusting to the common laundry area, but I see now that my worries were unfounded.  It just took a little bit of tweeking to get everything just right!

Hope this Review of Rolling Laundry Sorting Carts makes your laundry day routines a little easier too!
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  1. A laundry sorting cart works great, Olivia. I can see you have found out how handy one is. I had one for years when my children were young and trained them to put their dirty clothes in the correct bin, which helped me greatly to see when enough items were in each bin to make up a washer load. To that end, I took a marking pen and 'labeled' each bin with WHITES --- DARKS ----- MISC. At the time my daughter was five years old and had learned to read, or at least 'sound out' words she didn't know. MISC had to be explained to her as the abbreviation for Miscellaneous. The way she initially pronounced it was 'Miss-Ick". To this day some 45 years later everyone in the family still calls MISC Miss-Ick! LOL. It's one of those family stories we love to tell all these years later. :)

    1. These laundry carts are the cat's meow for me! My son and his wife have them for their children too! I will have to tell her to label them so that the little ones will know where everything should go.....great family story too! hahaha!

  2. I would imagine that sorting cart would be fabulous for just about any household or laundry situation. Anything to save our backs & shoulders from all of the lifting and carrying would truly be wonderful. I have found recently, that I really need a drying rack. We seem to have a ton of sweaters that simply cannot go in the dryer and need to be laid flat to dry. The top of the dryer alone is simply not enough space.

    1. Oh for sure, anything that makes our household chores easier is a bonus! This cart is a lifesaver for me and I'm sure many more would appreciate the ease of use! As I said, Who really loves doing laundry? So let's make that job easier! I have a drying rack too, especially in the winter when sweaters are the go to way to dress.

  3. Olivia, I have that sorter cart! lol. We just purchased a new laundry machine a few days ago as well, so our laundry room has had a nice overhaul. There are so many ways to organize a laundry room aren't there. Great suggestions here.

    1. Glad you got a laundry room make over! WooHoo and new machine too! You are a lucky girl and yes, there are so many ways to organize a laundry room!


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