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kleinsch
« on: August 27, 2008 03:57:30 PM »

I used to hate to do laundry in my old house. It involved hauling all the laundry down two flights of stairs, making it past the nasty garbage chute, working the machines in a dark, cobweb-ridden basement, then hauling everything past the nasty chute once again and up the stairs again. I hated it.

New house, several thousand miles away, and **what a concept!** a real laundry room!  On the second floor no less--steps away from everyone's dirty laundry baskets!  I was so overjoyed. I ordered a laundry sorter--one that divides the clothes into three separate bags for easier washing. But wait!  No one else (but me) in the house remembers which bag is for what kind of clothes!  Chaos ensues. Bad laundry mishaps occur.  Then, a crafty solution: labels! I designed some cute labels with iron on transfer printer paper.  Life is much better. And I am happy for having made something so plain (bleh!) into something more personal, even if it's only for the laundry room.  Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2008 03:59:13 PM »

wow I'm bringing a load or two over right now!  What a beeeyooouuuuteeeful laundry idea
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2008 04:19:47 PM »

Nice job!

I have a similar sorter finally got the hubby trained but I can think of a few cool ways to beautify the laundry!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2008 04:53:41 PM »

Neat idea! When I had one of those, it didn't matter whether or not there was laundry in it (so it was obvious which one was which), someone always dumped all their laundry in one instead of sorting it out.  Roll Eyes 
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2008 07:30:25 PM »

This is a FANTASTIC idea! I need this in my apt...live would be so much easier!
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2008 05:19:24 AM »

I think I ordered the sorter from Stacks and Stacks, www.stacksandstacks.com.  There was minor assembly required, but it is sturdy and doesn't mind being wheeled about (wheels make it even easier to clean under--it's right next to the cat box and collects kitty crystals under it).  I think Target sells a similar product, but I think I read reviews that it was a little flimsy. 

The irony of it all is that in the last few months my kids have grown up enough that they DO THEIR OWN LAUNDRY now, so it's kind of a lonely laundry sorter with just DH and my clothing. :-(  The kids just fling their stuff in.  I enjoy doing less laundry, but stupidly miss doing these little things for the kids.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2008 06:34:04 AM »

Awesome! It looks super cute AND it's functional! DOesn't get much better than that Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2008 10:53:52 PM »

 l love this and I'm totally going to do it, too!  My DH has asked me more than once to get a laundry sorter like yours.  Now I'm motivated!  Thanks for sharing!!!

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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2008 07:24:26 AM »

I suppose there are lots of ways to gussy up the laundry sorter--I thought about embroidering labels, but the bags are a rather stiff, heavy canvas and would make for sore fingers.  Then I thought about carving rubber stamps and stamping with acrylic paints, which is another favorite technique of mine.  But kind of messy.  Or, using fabric paints and painting right on the bags, or even crayon writing, set with a warm iron.

Eh. They all seemed like they had the potential to turn out messy, which was not the feeling I wanted to evoke in my nice, new, neat n' tidy laundry room.  The computer-designed iron on labels were simple and crisp.  I love it when the technique fits the project perfectly!
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2008 09:05:24 PM »

Lovely and ingenious! I love doing laundry. True story.
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