Ideas for Laundry Baskets

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Ideas for Laundry Baskets
Turn galvenized buckets into laundry baskets. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

If you are in need of a laundry basket, you may not need to buy one. There is a good chance you have containers, baskets and bags around your house that will serve as excellent substitutes to the traditional plastic basket. If you find that you do not have alternative containers at your house, purchase a basket that will help you sort and organise your dirty clothes.

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Galvenized Buckets

A large galvenized bucket that you use to hold drinks and ice at your summer picnics will serve as a shiny, old-fashioned alternative to a laundry basket. Make sure you wash out your bucket or buckets to get rid of any lingering dirt. Use one bucket for white clothes and one for dark clothes.

Sock Pails

If you are trying to teach your children--especially little ones--to pick up their own clothes and to take them to the laundry room, then consider using sand buckets in this process. Give each child a different-coloured bucket and a sand shovel or scooper. The child can go around the room and pick up socks in with his pail and shovel, and deliver them to the laundry room.

Stackable Baskets

Purchase plastic laundry baskets that stack on top of each other. This is ideal for quickly sorting clothes that are white and dark. The baskets come apart easily so you can carry one to the laundry room. The stackable baskets also are ideal for sorting clothes when they come out of the dryer. You can purchase these from online vendors.

Dressing Up Yours

Revive your old laundry basket with a little decorative ribbon. This idea also works well if you want to dress up a new laundry basket for a gift for a friend expecting a baby. Use a baby-themed ribbon--such as little ducks--and loop it through the openings of the basket before tying the ends in a bow. Fill with baby clothes, baby washing powder and cloth diapers.

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