I previously wrote a post entitled, Counter Top Space Helpers specifically for the kitchen. This idea was sparked by being cursed with having not enough counter top space for dishes and basic appliances. Even after that post, I discovered that I needed, a daily standardized operations procedure in handling toddler laundry!
Yup, you read that right, “Toddler. Laundry.”!!!! I knew for sure, I needed an area for hand washing soiled toddler clothes, and something to dry them on, like a clothes rack, without spending too much money or time on this idea-slash-project.
My little girl is a fun messy eater. She finds tremendous joy in eating her favorite foods with her hands. It is a common sight to see my baby wearing food on her clothes, noodles entangled in her curls, fruit smeared all over her angel face, and apple juice sprayed everywhere, 3 times a day. When she is full and content, she smells like a Bath and Body Works fruity inspired summertime body lotion and spray set!
Despite not having a real sense of direction or specific goal in mind, I first began with a tiny prayer for guidance. Following that, I sported an attitude of positivity; did two diva snaps, then dove right into work. Eventually, after working out the technical bugs this is what I came up with:
- Set up a laundry hand washing station. I set up a laundry hand washing station in our second bathroom that we don’t use too often for the intended purpose of all hand washing work. I filled and placed containers with baking soda, vinegar, and detergent by the sink, see the picture below. I used old plastic sports and condiment bottles to store cleaning products.
- Get a drying rack, $1.00 buckets, and laundry basket. I was needing something that was not expensive, space saving, but big enough to dry multiple pieces of toddler clothing. After searching far and wide, I found this specific rack on Amazon Warehouse:
This rack is a really, really good buy. It’s a money saver and space saving tool. By having this drying rack, I have the convenience of having a tool to air dry clothes while we are a few days away from laundry day. Over time, this has saved me a ton of money by not having to run my washer and dryer on a daily basis. And I love that my baby can wear her clothes a lot longer. The four racks on top is more than enough space to hang dry hand washed toddler clothing. I also love that it is collapsible and the rods can be easily put on and taken off.
Furthermore to add to this point, I happily no longer need to burden or violate other living areas of our home and furniture with wet clothes by draping them over kitchen chairs, stair railings, and bathroom shower curtain rods.
To keep this project budget friendly, I used things I found around the house, such as the round bucket and square dish basin (this is a perfect fit). You can fit two of these together, side by side) to catch water. Overtime, throughout my day, I actively check for clothes that are dried to be placed in a laundry basket (Dollar Tree item) to make room for more wet clothes.
On a side note, as I was writing this post, I hung out a mesh bag of bath toys to dry. This works, so I am sticking to it!
I hope this post is somehow helpful to you as this works out for this stay-at-home-mommy or offered inspiration for ideas or projects you would like to start.