It’s no secret, I really struggle to put our laundry away. It is not (or wasn’t) uncommon to find [in our master bedroom] several laundry baskets of folded clothes that never made it “home.” It just seemed so hard… so I avoided it… like the plague. So there the clothes sat, on the floor, mocking me day after day. Most mornings involved digging through said baskets for clean clothes, and most evenings involved digging for pajamas. Not fun… especially for yours truly whose Type A self loathes (seriously loathes) “digging” for anything. This particular “putting away laundry” problem was really wearing on me to the point that I “analyzed” the problem. In my former life as an EBD teacher, much of my job was to analyze and modify behavior. To do this, I had to dissect the problem as a whole: determine the antecedent (what happens first), the behavior (what the problematic behavior is), determine the consequence (what happens because of A and B), and finally come up with a plan for change. This is what I discovered about my laundry problem…
Laundry gets washed, dried and folded, but it is difficult to put away.
Because it is difficult to put away… I don’t put it away (pretty straight forward)
The folded laundry sits on the floor… inducing anxiety
When I took a moment to really look at the problem, I discovered that the solution was quite simple. I needed to make it easier to put the laundry away. Enter my new Elfa closet organizer. This thing has truly revolutionized our laundry situation. It was as “investment,” but because I don’t dread putting laundry away now, I actually do it!
Before, there was no rhyme or reason to our clothing storage. It “lived” where it fit, which meant it was in the dresser, chest, nightstands AND closet. Ugh.
Now, (after a good purge) all of our clothing (mine and my husband’s) is in this closet and we have room to spare. Putting our laundry away is so easy now.
Seriously, if you hate putting laundry away as much as I DID (yay for past tense), maybe your clothing storage just needs some tweaking :).
Confession: I have been leaving the doors to the closet open so that I can admire this beauty while I drift off to sleep at night…
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I started reading and am totally sucked in, shaking my head ‘yes’ at so many things. Getting ready to grab another cup of coffee before digging in a little futher! It was really nice getting to you more today. 😀
It was so nice getting to know you as well!
Elfa system is great, isn’t it… I use Ikeas system (almost the same) and it’s super easy to put it away and have it look decent 😀
I have a friend who has the IKEA systems, and they are super similar! I love that we can get away with not having dressers! 🙂
Yes, I can’t remember last time I had a dresser! Prob when I was a small kid or something. Here in Norway it’s quite normal with standalone wardrobes like the Ikea wardrobe/cabinets.