Most of the time, in most parts of my house, I practice what I preach, and keep things tidy and uncluttered. But when one of the laundry hampers fell apart a few weeks ago, I realized that the laundry room was sadly neglected and in need of attention.
Sort it out Before Buying Anything New
First I went through all the shoes on the shelves and noticed that several of the sandals had been unused for two whole years – chuckers! Then I counted all the blue IKEA bags (that are so practical for sorting laundry) and had to admit to myself that 16 bags is way too many. Five of them got to stay. The rest now live happily at our local preschool. Some wicker baskets, that I used to store the kids’ toys in, fit perfectly on the shelf and they now hold shirts that need to be ironed, IKEA bags, and cleaning rags. So far I hadn’t spent a single dollar, and the place looked better already.
Restore or Replace?
But what to do about the broken laundry hampers? My first instinct was to replace the missing screws, stain the wooden parts, and have a seamstress make new hampers. Well, it turned out it would be too much work and too much $$$. So when I found these sturdy bins on casters, I knew that was it. They are built to handle logs and rocks, so I fully expect them to be able to stand up to our filthy socks, undies, shirts, and whatever else we might throw in there, for the next… 40 years.
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Photos: Charlotte Coffey