Monday, March 28, 2011

Moving Monday: Gearing up to Move

It appears as if the uncertainty of our plans in the Fall and possible impending move is weighing a bit on me. I have so much to do, to get rid of, and to organize that it overwhelms me at times. What am I saying?! It overwhelms me on a daily basis. I am so busy caring for two young girls, working a part-time job, and managing the house and our finances that I have a hard time even thinking about what to do to get ready for a move. And yet I know that if I don't start now, I am going to be seriously stressed out this summer.

So, I've decided that now is the time for action. Now is the time to get organized. Now is the time to start downsizing and deciding what will be moving with us. To keep me on task, each Monday I'm going to share about what area that I'm working on to help me gear up for the move. I figure that by blogging about it, I'll hopefully stay on track and maybe even help someone else out there that struggles in the same ways that I do.

This past week, I realized that one area that I struggle in is the laundry. There is no getting around it. We need clean clothes. With four people in our house, the laundry can get out of hand quickly. I've heard my sister sing the praises of doing a daily load, but I've never quite managed that. To do a daily load, I need it to be quick and easy so that I actually do it. My "laundry system" just hasn't been really conducive to that. We are not fortunate enough to have a laundry room in our condo. Instead, our washer and dryer are in the garage, and our dirty laundry collects in a large laundry basket in my walk-in closet. More often than not, the dirty laundry overflows and spills onto the floor. Then, when it is time to wash the laundry, I sort it in several piles that litter my bedroom floor for the day. If I were to do a daily load, I'd still have to sort through the huge pile to come up with a load to wash.

This past weekend, I decided that I needed to change our system. We needed a laundry sorter! It would help me sort throughout the week and quickly see when there was a full load ready to be washed. Revolutionary, I know. Since we don't have a laundry room and our bathrooms aren't that large, it just never occured to me to get one.

I searched online at Target and  discovered this beautiful seagrass triple laundry sorter for $100. (I also found it today for $70 at Amazon.) Honestly, I just couldn't justify spending that much on something to hold my laundry. Someday, maybe. Today, no. Yesterday we went to Walmart, and I found a 4-bag laundry sorter for only $29. Hey, four bags are better than three right?

It has removable bags with handles, so that I can just lift out a full load to be washed and take it to the garage with me. It also has wheels so that I can wheel the entire sorter into the kitchen (near our garage) if I want to do a marathon cleaning session.

No, I won't be able to store it out in the open like the seagrass one, but it is a workable solution for our closet.

It's already working...I've got my daily load in the wash right now!

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Good job you! If you want to get rid of anything bring it by my house or drop it on the front patio...we are having a garage sale next weekend. :)