Sometimes you find a solution to a problem that just changes your life (that may be a slight exaggeration 😉 ) and for me… it’s a hot pink crate under my sink! You see, I live in an old house, with rickety drawers and cabinets in an extremely outdated kitchen.
Seriously… check out these cabinets, the flooring and the counter tops:
I would not lie to you. OUT.DATED. (I can’t believe I just shared those pics of my ugly kitchen on the world wide web….but I’m apparently in a sharing mood so if you wanna see more, click here… ha!)
Anyway, the drawers in the kitchen are a pain in the backside – they stick, they’re shallow and skinny and not all that useful. And for 3+ years I’ve tried my best to shove, squish,and manipulate all 752 of my kitchen towels and dish rags into two of those pitiful drawers.
That drawers are maybe 10″ wide and 3″ deep!? Pitiful.
When you bake as many cakes as I do and you homeschool 6 kids who are home all the time, you need all 752 of those towels and rags. I might be exaggerating again, but I do have a lot of towels and rags in my kitchen. Seriously alot.
And the facts is, they’re always either ALL clean, or ALL dirty.
When they’re all dirty – no big deal, the drawers are empty. Except of course, I might have a nervous breakdown because I-need-a-clean-towel-right-now-and-not-one-is-to-be-found-anywhere-in-the-house!! But that aside, really… no big deal.
But when they’re all clean (which you’d think would be ideal.. NOT), I cry and scream and want to throw things because…
a) when I try to get them all in the drawers after spending all afternoon folding them, they will. not. fit and they become wadded up in the process of my cramming them in … and
b) when I finally get them in there and then I need one, I try to pull one out and they all pop out like a jack-in-the-box because they were crammed in there so tight in the first place.
So what does this have to do with the crate?
She said (hack #2),
Don’t fold things that don’t need to be folded. Guess who’s going to care if your wash cloths are wrinkled? That’s right: nobody. Put shoe boxes in your linen cabinet and under the sink where you can toss dish rags and wash cloths. Store baby clothes (unfolded) in an open basket.
“Don’t fold things that don’t need to be folded?” DOH!! How much of my life have I wasted doing that???
The very next time I was in the Walmarts, I walked in the door and there they were – these bright pink crates calling my name and I knew I had to have one to go under my kitchen sink! (A box would never work because the sink in our old rickety house also leaks from time to time and a wet box is a big fail :-/).
Side note: when I picked up the hot pink crate, my hubby said, “Is it bright enough?” Ha! Love that man!! But yes, it was bright enough… it was PINK and it was my favorite color and I was sure it was going to stop all crying and screaming and throwing fits in my kitchen over tiny drawers.
At least the fits that come from me… maybe not for the kids 😉
So I took the crate home, unloaded my crammed-full-drawers into the crate and WOW – it’s amazing how something so simple has brought a little peace into my life.
And after several weeks of using this “hack”… I can tell you without hesitation that YES – it works for me!! It works for me BIG TIME. Why didn’t I ever think of this before??
Now when I fold a big pile of laundry, I just throw the kitchen rags and towels to the side. When I’m done, I gather up the pile, walk into my kitchen and drop them into the crate under the sink and BAM – done!
No unnecessary folding. No cramming them into drawers where they wouldn’t all fit anyway. No crying. No screaming. Just a big ole’ pink bin of towels and wash clothes ready to be used!
Thanks so much to Jennifer for sharing this trick
and maybe saving my life and helping me save a few minutes of time and a LOT of my sanity! Go check her post for tons of other great tips and ideas!
Do you have any unconventional laundry tricks that save your sanity? I’d love to hear about them!
PS. This post is linked up at Works for Me Wednesday where you can find all sorts of amazing tips and recipes!