7 Aug
2013

Hiding My Dirty Laundry

I hate doing laundry! It’s the worst part of my week. With three kids and a husband the five of us make more dirty clothes than humanly possible. I am pretty sure my two girls change their outfits at least three times a day. Somehow we never have towels clean, although we probably have 40 in the house. I’ve had to use a green frog towel with a hood on it (one of the kids). Try to wrap your hair up in a turban style using a frog towel with googly eyes and flipper feet…not easy but, certainly entertaining.

But, my most aggravating laundry issue is seeing the hampers in my bedroom. It’s literally the bane of my existence! Okay, that may be going a bit overboard, but it is irritating. We had one of those three section roll carts. That worked great when we lived in a one story ranch, but now that we moved to a two story, it’s awful. My husband already fell down the stairs carrying that cumbersome cart and it’s falling apart from the obstacle course that is our house.

Thus, I started thinking about solutions to our laundry dilemma. I am a thrifty and crafty lady, an engineer by trade. We didn’t have room in our on-suite bathroom and the closet is across the room, I knew the clothes would never actually end up in there. So I had a place in mind, but no disguise to hide the hampers.

Before

Before

Then I remembered I had a dark wooden table in the basement we were not using. It was a past dining table we just never got rid of. Having a super handy husband, he cut the table into two pieces. Cutting long way leaving two half’s that could be mounted to a wall much like a buffet or sofa table.
Table Cuting in half

We attached the table to the area I wanted the laundry baskets.

Attaching to wall

 I bought three square baskets from Target and slide them under the table. But that wasn’t enough – you could still see the dirty clothes. At a local Mers Good Will I was able to find one curtain that matched our other curtains over the two bedroom windows ($1.00 score!).

 

Curtian

Purchasing a long tension rod ($7.00) I put the curtain along the length of the table. I cut the curtain to size and used the rest to make another panel. I sewed a rod pocket and covered the rest of the length of the table. On the short side of the table I attached the curtain with a staple gun. I did have to rip the seam of the curtain to get the length I needed, but it was a perfect fit. The other side was against the wall and didn’t need a curtain.

Seam ripping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting a few pictures and salvaged mirror cabinet above the table and TA-DA -hidden laundry and a super cute bedroom accessory for under $10! Project total time: 2 hours (max).

Finished Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden baskets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any solution can be found to an aggravating problem, you just need to use your imagination.

This was just another day in the life of a Busy Lady.

17 Comments

  • It looks great, Busy Lady! What a lucky find with the curtain at the Goodwill. And it’s a clever idea to hang it from the table like that. I’ve got a similar set up in my laundry room but without the curtain. I’m definitely going to have to see about doing my own. It seems so easy!

    • Thanks Geeky Lady! It was fun and super easy,

  • This is incredible. From someone who is not very crafty, I can’t believe what you did. So cute! Great laundry basket solution. And I’m glad you are saving Mr. Busy Lady (HA!) from falling down the stairs.

    • He was a trooper, he couldn’t see the vision but after all of it was said and done, he loves it.

  • Oh, I just LOVE this idea.

    • Thanks Claire…please share via social media.

  • The cheapskate in me loves this. Cute!

    • I know….I am a penny pincher too!

  • Love it. You get so much done, Busy Lady :)

  • Love this idea, too!

  • As always, I am super impressed by your crafting prowess, great post :)

  • Love It!!

    Even when I try to have baskets or hampers for our dirty laundry, hubby (& children when they were home) never could seem to put their clothes there. So laundry is just in piles in the bedroom floor. And for just the two of us now, we sure have a LOT of laundry.
    Of course, it does not help, that I wash by color — I learned that 50 yrs ago & still can’t make myself change. So, until I get a whole load of, say, brown – or light blue – or dark blue [you get the picture :) ] – I don’t wash. I used to like doing laundry {I know, most women don’t}, but I don’t enjoy it as much now. And I dislike putting clothes away!

    • Putting clean clothes away is TERRIBLE…why do we hate it so much? I am not sure. I would rather root through a bin of clean clothes than hang them up…what is up with that?

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