• Michelle Jones

Do you really need a Clothes Hamper?

Um, Yeah. Yes!!! You do.

Do you have a closet/bedroom/bathroom that looks like it was hit by a tornado? If so, you are not alone.

There's also a crazy, simple Sorted solution to help get those clothes off the floor.

The other day, I was standing in line at IKEA - not the cashiers line, the furniture pick up line - and in this particular instance, I waited for over an hour, so I had time to chat with some of the other individuals in the line. One woman got to chatting with me about Bloomington, IN (where I live) and how she travels here for work, and then she asked me, "What do you do for a living?"

Oh, I'm a home organizer. None of these things (in my very full cart) are actually mine. I shop for my clients.

Her: Oooh, I should hire you! My closet is such a mess...(pause)... I probably need a hamper.

Me: Yes!!! It will immediately tidy up your space and give you a cleaner look. Not to mention that it's just so much easier to get your clothing to the laundry room, when you have a dedicated container for carrying it!

Why do so many people overlook this simple + affordable solution?! The addition of a hamper helps you a) wrangle your dirty clothes, so you can only focus on getting dressed in clean clothes b) tidy up your closet/bedroom/bathroom, you feel good in the space and c) simplifies your laundry process.

I'm often shocked at how many women and couples do not have a hamper.

Just in case you're thinking, "Hi, that's me." I could use a hamper. I've rounded up my 3 favorites, so you can choose one that suits your design, budget + taste.

Left to Right: Joss + Main, Target, Container Store *None of these are affiliate links, I've used each for clients with good results.

Now if you're thinking, Michelle, I have a hamper. It's full. My hang bar is jammed to capacity and my closet is just too small!!! You'll want to check out my Spring Clearing email series - I talk about how to create more space in your closet with Seasonal Switch Outs, among other things, and if you have a reach in closet, Re-Imagine your Reach In, tackles this challenge, specifically.

Where's the best place to keep your hamper?

Keep your hamper wherever you're taking off your clothing.

The most common places are the closet, bedroom + bathroom. Choose one you think is cute and that fits your design style.

So there you have it: Get a hamper + Get your clothes off the floor!

And just in case you are the gal who wears something once and throws it on a chair, because you're not ready to wash it, but don't want to fold it and put it back in with the clean clothes, I love this wall hanger from IKEA.

One more thing: A laundry basket is not a hamper.

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