Tip #88: Put a lid on it.
Especially if it’s your laundry hamper.
Can you tell I’m still not ready to talk about the impending new apartment search? Before I regale you all with weepy stories of our move-out date, and how the apartment we had our eye on upstairs didn’t end up working out, and how, alas, alack, we’re on the hunt for a different tiny apartment that’s all on one level, and doesn’t require a treacherous climb up a ships ladder, let’s just breathe a bit and talk about laundry.
No doubt we’ll be gearing up for there to be a whole lot more of it, and soon. Like many New York City dwellers, we live in an apartment without laundry in the building. Not in our apartment, or our basement, or down the hall. Weekly, we schlep a bagful of laundry to the laundromat, where I admit, more often than not, we leave it to be washed and folded and picked up later. It’s a pretty seamless system, even if my own parents’ origami-style laundry folding techniques are so deeply engrained in me from childhood that I find myself refolding my socks and underwear to be just so. (Looking forward to imparting similar OCD-tendencies to our bébé.)
Aside from the question of where to wash one’s laundry is the question of where to store one’s laundry before the trip to the local Suds ‘n Bubbles. For years, we used a floppy kind of open hamper that we stuffed into whatever closet or chifferobe made most sense in our various apartments. And at first, we were happy with the same system in this place. But eventually the overflowing pile and floppy canvas basket began to grate on my nerves, and we chose a lidded option instead. It’ll come as no surprise to you that the lid changed everything for this neatnik. No more lopsided pigsty to contend with, and a tiny holding area for those things that need to be put away upstairs…eventually.
This is the hamper that we chose. It’s not especially beautiful, but it is made from renewable bamboo and plastic water bottles and it fits perfectly (read: just barely) between the basket where we keep our toilet paper and the fourth chair we wedge into the closet. Best of all, it’s low enough that we can still hang our clothes above it.
Tiny apartment survival tips #1 – 87 right here.