No more sorting laundry! This is how we created a built-in laundry sorting system using budget-friendly items. Yellow Brick Home has over 11 years of archives, so from time to time, we’ll be sharing our favorites from posts past. This tutorial was originally published in July 2016. Enjoy!
Wanting to see how the laundry room would take shape over the course of its renovation, we waited until the cabinets and machines were in place before deciding on a laundry sorting system. For as long as I can remember doing laundry (both growing up and in my adult life), all of our clothes went into one basket. When one could no longer possibly stuff one more sock in the hamper, it would all get dumped on the floor for sorting, and those piles would remain for the day (or two) until every last load had been washed.
A Built-In Laundry Sorting Solution
This time around, I wanted a true sorting system. Something that would make laundry day more efficient, something that would be so easy to use, there’d be no excuse not to use it! There’s no point putting systems in place if it’s a pain to keep up, you know? In a few hours, we DIY-ed this simple 3 bag set up, and we’ve been loving it – and most importantly, using it. Plus, cute!
1| Install Grommets to Bags
We used these canvas bags that could be thrown in the wash if needed, and the size felt good for manageable laundry loads. I picked up the bags for a steal, but I needed a way to hang them in the laundry room. That said, the bags only took me 10 minutes to complete, thanks to these no-fancy-tools needed curtain grommets! They have little teeth on one side to hold the fabric in place, and a small template is included with the pack.
I used the top seam of the bag as my guide, and I centered the included template 4″ in from each side of the bag. After tracing all my circles, I used a pair of sharp fabric scissors to get a clean cut.
Tip: It was easier to fold each circle in half before cutting, and it’s best to make your cuts on the inside of the circle. Too small is better than too big!
The grommets snap right into place by placing the ‘prong’ side underneath the bag and clipping the ‘finish’ grommet on top. Those little teeth latch onto the fabric, but if you make a mistake, a small screwdriver on the ‘prong’ side will pop them off if needed.
2| Prep the Hook Rail
Although I would have preferred the cleaner look of all the hooks hanging directly on the wall, the thought of using anchors on our precious wallpaper (and possibly messing up!) gave me pause. Instead, we opted to install our hooks – 6 in total, 2 per laundry bag – on a piece of 1″ x 5″, aka, our ‘rail.’ Our rail is 44″ wide, painted white, and we made 4 pilot holes total, 2 for each stud we wanted to hit. Using a chamfer bit first (below on the left) would allow our wood screws to sit below the surface of the rack.
Scott used 2″ wood screws to go through his pilot holes and directly into studs. Although there are still holes in our wallpaper beneath the rail, it’s a cleaner look and much stronger overall.
3| Add the Hooks
With the rail in place, I used a putty knife to apply wood filler over the screw heads, and once it was dry, I gave it a light sanding and touched up the paint. From there, I was able to add our hooks! We used these hooks and spaced them 8″ apart on center. We left 2″ on each side of the outer hooks, which is how we landed on a 44″ width overall.
4| Hang Your Sorting Bags!
Hey, we have laundry sorters! We decided on 3 bags to be used for (1) whites, (2) colors and (3) our reusable rags/mops (we use microfiber towels for cleaning as much as possible!).
The sorting bags have been a huge game changer on laundry day. No more laundry piles on the floor! No more manual sorting! Now, we take each one off the hooks, dump our clothes into the washing machine, and hang it back up. I’ll throw the bags through a cycle every now and then, and they do get wrinkly after a wash and dry, but they eventually relax after being loaded up with more clothes.
PS: Here’s the reveal of the finished laundry room, if you’d like to see! It’s located right off of our primary bedroom, which has been a dream. Are you Team Laundry In the Bedroom or Team Laundry In the Basement?