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  • Writer's pictureKatie Frantz

Why “L” Is My Favorite Letter

Why Laundry baskets?

I tell practically everyone I meet that laundry baskets are AMAZING! And do you know why? Because they can be used for everything, not just dirty laundry. I use them to carry all my groceries into the house; I use them when putting on an event and have lots of items to take with me, I use them when heading to the beach with my kids for food, towels and snacks; when traveling, moving, organizing, etc.

In fact, I can’t think of many times when I haven’t had a laundry basket involved. It can be a storage basket for blankets or toys, a recycling basket in your garage, a place for extension cords, beach toys, and shoes….the possibilities of laundry baskets are endless. For heaven sakes, I’ve even heard of people using them to potty train their little ones. They have their child sit and watch a movie in the laundry basket, so that if there’s an accident, you’re not having to clean the carpet, but can easily rinse out the basket. Pretty clever, huh?!

I have counseled many to re-evaluate the way they use their laundry baskets and encourage them to explore new ways to use them. They are inexpensive and can create so much functionality and order in your home. Be creative and have fun as you re-invent your laundry baskets purposes in your home. While they do a great job as a clothing basket; the laundry baskets in my home are all-stars and I use every single one of them in multiple ways that makes me shout praise from the rooftops for such a wonderful item in my home.

Let’s start over with our laundry baskets and try this: Get a laundry basket that you already own and label the basket with the name “The WONDER Basket.” Your kids and spouse may be curious and slightly confused when they see “The Wonder Basket” sitting there and ask, “What does Wonder Basket mean?” Tell them that this laundry basket is incredible and has many talents, but lately you’ve only had it sit there and hold dirty laundry, so from now on this basket will be used in many, many ways.

Start trying out some of the suggestions below and see your love for laundry baskets grow and grow.

More Ways to Use your Laundry Basket: 1) Laundry (Okay, I couldn’t help myself) 2) Bedtime Picker Upper Basket (Before bedtime, have your entire family pick up items off the floor, counters and furniture that does not belong there and have them place it in the laundry basket. Then have each family member pick 2 items from the basket to put it where it really belongs) 3) Storage container (Great for garage items, toys, blankets, shoes, beach toys/towels, endless possibilities) 4) Beach/Park Carrier (Throw it in there and take it with you on your family outings…It has two easy handles, fits in the back of the car, wagon and loves being outside) 5) Vacation Companion (So useful when traveling, especially for long road trips when you have items that need to be contained, but easy to get to in the car.) 6) Potty Training (I’ll admit, I’ve never tried this with my kids, but I really want to when I train my youngest. Brilliant idea from my friend, Lauren who suggested it to me. No carpet cleaning, yay!)

There you have it. Go give your laundry basket a hug and start using all of its amazing talents. I promise you’ll love them as much as I do! Next, one of my most beloved tools in my home is my label maker. I LOVE my label maker, and not just because I’m a professional organizer and label makers are like the equivalent of a hammer to a carpenter’s tool belt; but because they are fun, fun, fun! My kids beg me to use it, because there’s something so satisfying about labeling a container, basket or shelf with its very own label. I think it’s the satisfaction of creating order and a place for every single item in your home. With a label in place, there’s no questioning or frustration with where something is. Everyone is on the same page.

Now, I’ll be honest, when I first got my label maker several years ago, I went little nuts with it….like so nuts that I labeled where the peanut butter goes on my pantry shelf. These days, I’m not nearly as “label” OCD as I used to be, but I still whip it out when I need it. In fact, most of my clients have said that after going through their own home organization journey, the first item they put in their Amazon cart is a handy-dandy label maker. They really are an organizer’s best friend.

Last, but certainly not least is my laminator. My laminator is not necessarily used on a daily basis, nor is it absolutely essential for organizing my home or others, but I truly adore my laminator. It can take an ordinary piece of paper and make it extraordinary! It can transform a flimsy, vulnerable piece of paper into a Superhero! Once laminated, it can be written on with marker and washed off in a second, caught in a rainstorm without any damage; it can be reused over and over and over again and still look brand new. In fact, colors are even brighter and more vibrant when laminated. It’s pretty darn awesome.

So whether you use it as a home-school mom for your kids’ projects, use it for menu plans, schedules or babysitting check-lists, or need it for a presentation or event. Laminators make everything better. Plus, like label makers and laundry baskets, they are SO fun! Don’t you think we could all use more fun in our homes? Me too!

So, do I love the letter L or what? I sure do! Simple items that may be lying around your house, sitting in a shelf or serving one main purpose can be re-purposed and appreciated. Let’s love on them and be creative as we do.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″ custom_padding=”50px||0px|||” global_module=”3148″ saved_tabs=”all”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.2.2″ max_width=”900px” module_alignment=”center”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.2.2″ text_font=”||||||||” header_font=”||||||||”]

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