The laundry hamper situation in our household has always irked me slightly. I like laundry hampers with wire or some sort of “boning” that holds them open so that they stand up on their own and are always accessible. My husband likes drawstring fabric bags because they are very easy to carry up and down the three flights of stairs between our apartment and the laundry room in the basement of our apartment complex. The problem with my style of hampers is that they’re awkward to carry when they’re heavy and full; the problem with JM’s hampers is that they don’t stay open and it isn’t the easiest to get your dirty clothes into them (if it isn’t super easy to do it’s pretty likely that my clothes will just end up on the floor instead :-p).
We’ve tried both styles of hampers, and even combinations of the two where we put JM’s bags inside of my hampers so that they have some shape/form to them but we can carry just the bag downstairs to do laundry later. None of it really works very well though. It’s like a tiny little mosquito of annoyance that I can swat away, but it always comes back later and I’m reminded again and again that I haven’t found a good solution yet.
So imagine my excitement when, while browsing through the DIY & Crafts page on Pinterest a while ago, I stumbled across a picture of a brilliant solution! In fact (unfortunately) I was so excited that I didn’t even take the time to repin the pin, I just went right ahead and recreated it, so now I can’t even point you back to the source of my inspiration 🙁
|It’s both always open AND easy to carry!|
Duh, it’s like the simplest idea ever, but it hadn’t occurred to me before. To recreate this I used:
- an embroidery hoop (I found these at Michael’s for about $3 each, they are 12″ hoops)
- a laundry bag (about $5 each at Target), or you can use an extra pillow case
- a 3M hook
- a 4″ piece of ribbon
You just open up the embroidery hoop and put it around the laundry bag, then stick the 3M hook to the wall and use the ribbon to hang the hoop from the hook. It takes about five minutes and voila! Instant always-open always-accessible laundry bags!!! It’s perfect for us because I can easily just toss my clothes into the bags when they’re dirty and when it’s time to do laundry we can just open up the hoops and carry the bags downstairs. Yay!
|Up close look at the hoop/hook/ribbon assembly|
How do you deal with your laundry/laundry hampers? Is that even a thing you worry about or pay attention to in your house? Maybe I’m just super picky… 🙂
|I took a second picture to try to get it a little sharper, but my cat totally photo-bombed this one 🙂|