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With five people in our house, we go through a lot of laundry each week. We have to work hard to stay on top of it, or it can pile up and become a monumental task.
Because of how much laundry we go through, it’s crucial that we do two things: stay equipped, and stay organized.
We always make sure to be equipped with plenty of detergent, because there’s nothing more frustrating than having to run to the store in the middle of laundry day.
As with any of our essentials, I go to Sam’s Club to stock up on detergent. Their exclusive Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Liquid Laundry Cleaner is really affordable (in fact, on my most recent trip it was just $11.98 for 177 ounces. I love that this detergent delivers superior performance without costing a ton – it provides enough for about 115 loads of laundry, which will get us through 4 or 5 months.
It also has a patented Ultimate Clean Technology that works great on tough stains to get them out – even in cold water loads. I know we’ll have clothes that are brightened, whitened, fresh, and clean when we use the Member’s Mark detergent – and the Fresh Scent smells great!
I mentioned above that I like to be equipped and organized to stay on top of our laundry. I’m always looking for ways to be more efficient, and in that spirit I thought I’d share this great, easy, and cheap personalized laundry organization system. This will help our kids put their clean laundry away, making it an easier process for us.
You’ll need a few things to get started: flexible laundry baskets (just $3.97 each), ribbon (a different color for each basket; $1.47/spool), pressboard letters for each of your kids’ initials ($1.79 each), and metallic paint (79 cents for each bottle; I bought light silver and gunmetal gray). You’ll need paint brushes, but most of you probably already have those on hand. And you’ll need either a staple gun or glue gun for affixing the letters to the baskets.
For each basket, weave the ribbon through the holes and then tie it in a simple knot on one corner.
Next, paint your letters. I used light silver to do several coats:
Before the top coat was completely dry, I put a small amount of the darker gunmetal gray paint on a bristle brush and ran it lengthwise along each letter to create a brushed metal look.
Be sure and paint a couple of coats on the back of the letters, too, so that there aren’t any sloppy looking parts. Once the letters are dry, affix them to the ribbon and basket. We used a single staple from a staple gun for each letter.
So easy, cute, and a great way to stay on top of putting laundry away. Our littlest helper approves!