I asked my dh to buy a new laundry basket for me because the old one was falling apart. He didn’t think I needed a new one just because it was tricky to carry up the stairs. I insisted that I needed a new one no matter what.
He came back from the store saying he couldn’t find any launndry baskets (!) but brought me a super large plastic storage container to use instead. I made him take it back because it was too big to carry comfortably.
That’s when I had the light bulb moment & went to get one of our smaller plastic storage tubs. It’s a perfect laundry basket! It’s a lot more sturdy than the ordinary kind as it has no “webbing” to break. (They must make them so they will break.) It has a lid I can put on when not in use to keep out bugs and debris that tends to get into it in the basement. I like that the molded in handles are more comfortable than handles on most laundry baskets.
We use these tubs when we go camping as they stack well in our truck and 4 of them fit perfectly into the bear boxes provided in some parks to protect your food. We also store holiday decorations in them & they take up a minimum of space in closets. I have even seen some of the tough Rubbermaid versions kept under people’s decks as extra storage. They would work well in storage sheds probably too. Get the ones with the flat lids for easier stacking and handling. In a pinch you can even use them as ice chests for canned drinks. They won’t hold the cold as well as a real cooler, but they work for quick serving. You can probably come up with more ways to use these versatile tubs.
So did I really toss the old laundry basket? Of course not, I use the old ones for sorting laundry in the basement. When one is full, it’s time to do a load. I’ve even heard that some people recycle laundry baskets by lining them with trash bags, adding soil, and growing vegetables in them.
So here’s to the lowly storage tub. If they go on sale, do yourself a favor & get a few. For one thing, you’ll never have to buy a laundry basket again.