Many of you already know that I love organization! In fact, the easiest posts for me to write are often about decluttering because I just take what I’ve been doing at home, snap a photo and type it up for you to read.
But you know what? In spite of my love for organization and my best housekeeping efforts, the truth is that sometimes (actually, daily) my house gets messy. Sometimes I’m able to stay on top of the messes. But for days when I can’t quite keep up, I have a sanity-saving cheat method that I’m going to share with you!
Laundry baskets are great for storing all sorts of things, not just laundry. I’ve kept project materials in them when I’ve been working on a house project and just needed a quick and easy place to stash supplies.
I’ve also heard of others filling a laundry basket with dirty dishes and putting it in their vehicle before company arrives! (Personally, I think we should just stack dishes in the sink – I’m all about keeping it real as well as letting company feel useful if they want a pre-dinner task, but to each her own!)
But my all-time favorite non-laundry way to use laundry baskets? Clutter control. This is so easy.
When I need to clean a really messy room in a hurry, I may spend a few minutes gathering dirty clothes, taking dishes to the sink, making beds or folding blankets, and throwing trash away. After that quick initial run-through, I’ll take whatever is left and start dumping it in a laundry basket. When the floor is clear or the laundry basket is full, I slide the basket into a nearby closet and close the door.
During really busy weeks that we don’t have time to put everything away properly, this helps to keep our home relaxing and inviting until I’m able to clean out the laundry basket.
A bonus? Whether it takes three days or three weeks to get around to putting away what’s in the basket, I’m usually able to throw out a good portion of what’s in there, because if we didn’t even miss an item while it was buried, there’s usually no reason to keep it.
Whether I’m busy at the office, not feeling well at home, or just need to spend time with my children more than I need to clean, this laundry basket “cleaning” method has proven time and time again to be a great method for my family.
What do you use your laundry baskets for?