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Mother-of-six reveals how she organises her chaotic laundry using $6 Kmart baskets

Even for those living alone, keeping the laundry room organised and clean can be a challenge.  

And when you add a few more people into the mix, the laundry can transform from mildly cluttered to totally chaotic in a matter of minutes.

Queensland mother-of-six, Joelle Skinner, knows this all too well, with the 36-year-old often doing laundry each and every day to keep the household running smoothly.

So it comes as no surprise that the clever mum has come up with a few handy tricks and tips to make the process easier and save her valuable time.

 

Queensland mother-of-six, Joelle Skinner (right), often does laundry each and every day to keep the household running smoothly

Posting on her page, Jedi Mum Tricks, Mrs Skinner recently shared a number of ways she's simplified the process - the latest 'hack' involving $6 felt baskets from Kmart and a $10 ladder from Big W

Posting on her page, Jedi Mum Tricks, Mrs Skinner recently shared a number of ways she’s simplified the process – the latest ‘hack’ involving $6 felt baskets from Kmart and a $10 ladder from Big W

Posting on her page, Jedi Mum Tricks, Mrs Skinner recently shared a number of ways she’s simplified the process – the latest ‘hack’ involving $6 felt baskets from Kmart and a $10 ladder from Big W.

‘Phase two of laundry room organisation, a place for all of the kids’ shoes! I thought and thought on this one, whether to use shelves or drawers or even purpose built shoe storage,’ she wrote.

‘But finally came up with this, which fits perfectly in this little space! 

'Phase two of laundry room organisation, a place for all of the kids' shoes! I thought and thought on this one, whether to use shelves or drawers or even purpose built shoe storage,' she wrote (pictured is one of the $6 felt baskets from Kmart)

‘Phase two of laundry room organisation, a place for all of the kids’ shoes! I thought and thought on this one, whether to use shelves or drawers or even purpose built shoe storage,’ she wrote (pictured is one of the $6 felt baskets from Kmart)

'I found this bamboo ladder at Big W for $10 and these felt baskets for $6 each at Kmart, I added an extra dowel on top and voila, it's like they were made for each other,' she said

'I found this bamboo ladder at Big W for $10 and these felt baskets for $6 each at Kmart, I added an extra dowel on top and voila, it's like they were made for each other,' she said

‘I found this bamboo ladder at Big W for $10 and these felt baskets for $6 each at Kmart, I added an extra dowel on top and voila, it’s like they were made for each other,’ she said 

‘Until now, the kids have kept their shoes in their rooms and we always have at least one child without shoes when it’s time to leave the house! I’m hoping that keeping them in one easily accessible place will solve those problems

‘I found this bamboo ladder at Big W for $10 and these felt baskets for $6 each at Kmart, I added an extra dowel on top and voila, it’s like they were made for each other!’

Earlier this month, the Gold Coast based mum started her laundry organisation process by introducing a simple basket system. 

A fan of minimal yet effective techniques, Mrs Skinner also dreaded 'Mt Foldmore' piles of washing to fold by adopting a simple habit every time she takes washing off the line 

A fan of minimal yet effective techniques, Mrs Skinner also dreaded ‘Mt Foldmore’ piles of washing to fold by adopting a simple habit every time she takes washing off the line 

‘I was keeping baskets of folded clothes on the floor until I was ready to sort them into each person’s pile for them to put away,’ she said.

‘Now I can easily sort them into baskets when I bring clothes in and then everyone can put them away each day.’ 

A fan of minimal yet effective techniques, Mrs Skinner also dreaded ‘Mt Foldmore’ piles of washing to fold by adopting a simple habit every time she takes washing off the line. 

‘It’s actually really simple, I switched to this method years ago and kissed piles of unfolded clothes goodbye forever! With seven in our family, I wash clothes most days so this has been a game changer,’ she said.

'It's actually really simple, I switched to this method years ago and kissed piles of unfolded clothes goodbye forever! All it is is folding as you take the clothes off the line, super easy,' she said

‘It’s actually really simple, I switched to this method years ago and kissed piles of unfolded clothes goodbye forever! All it is is folding as you take the clothes off the line, super easy,’ she said

'I just folded a full 10kg load in seven minutes. First thing I do is match and fold socks (which are on a separate little hanger), then fold everything else as I unpeg them,' she said 

‘I just folded a full 10kg load in seven minutes. First thing I do is match and fold socks (which are on a separate little hanger), then fold everything else as I unpeg them,’ she said 

‘All it is is folding as you take the clothes off the line, super easy! And surprisingly fast! I just folded a full 10kg load in seven minutes. First thing I do is match and fold socks (which are on a separate little hanger), then fold everything else as I unpeg them.

‘We have four baskets, most of the time I wait until they’re all full of folded clothes and then sort them. I sort them into each person’s own pile on my bed, then the kids put their piles away.’ 

Mrs Skinner regularly shares clever creations and ideas on her page – yet she no background in interiors or building.

‘I have six kids, one lives in heaven, and I throw myself into hacks and DIYs as a way to deal with my grief,’ Mrs Skinner told FEMAIL.

Mrs Skinner used chrome shelving (around $30 total) and some wood to make this school bag station

Mrs Skinner used chrome shelving (around $30 total) and some wood to make this school bag station

She also a cat bed and a toy wagon to make this cute pull buggy

She also a cat bed and a toy wagon to make this cute pull buggy

‘I am self-taught. I get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and learn how to build things from YouTube.’ 

And for those who think it is too time consuming to do themselves, Mrs Skinner says it’s worth it. 

‘I find it to be energising – using the creative part of my brain and seeing problems and solving them with hacks makes me feel so good,’ she said. 

‘Without an outlet like this, it’s so easy to just get bogged down in the daily grind. Some people make time for going to the gym for the same reasons, this is what I make time for, and as a bonus, I often work up a sweat doing it!’



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