Hanging Laundry Baskets Rock My World

hanging laundry basket tutorial

Behind these doors lives the greatest laundry solution ever. Who’s ready for a DIY hanging laundry basket tutorial?


Hanging laundry baskets, my friends. Consider your life changed.

hanging laundry basket tutorial

Three on the left…

hanging laundry basket tutorial in closet hamper ideas

And three on the right.

hanging laundry basket tutorial in closet hamper ideas

This is what I refer to as “organizational porn” AND I LIKE IT.

And! It really isn’t too terribly difficult. You need:

A measuring tape (that you will use again and again and again)
Aluminum angle brackets from the hardware store
Laundry baskets – We used Sterilite ones similar to these. (You can usually buy them in 6-packs from Amazon for a decent price.)
Possibly some wood or melamine cut to the specifications of your closet to make the perfect fit
Screws, drill, what have you…

The key is all in the measurements. The baskets need to sit properly on the aluminum to slide in and out without much effort. Once you’ve properly measured your space, just drill those angles into the wall and you’re good to go!


We chose this method because the bedroom closets are not very large, and we were struggling to find a place to house all of our dirty laundry. Enter our roomy hall linen closet that sits in between all of our bedrooms. It’s the perfect central spot, really. (Also a short jaunt to our laundry room.)

hanging laundry basket tutorial in closet hamper ideas

Now, if you want to raise the organizational porn bar to the pinnacle, get out your P-Touch label maker and label those bad boys!

hanging laundry basket tutorial in closet hamper ideas

hanging laundry basket tutorial in closet hamper ideas

Your older children officially have no excuse. They know exactly where to put their dirty clothes. (Not on the floor/chair/bed of their bedroom, ahem.) This has worked beautifully with my 6-year-old son. He and the laundry baskets are like two peas in a pod.

The best part? No sorting. I can’t even explain how nice it is to not dump pounds and pounds of dirty laundry all over the floor and sort into piles before washing. I just pull out the basket and head straight to the laundry room.

hanging laundry basket tutorial in closet hamper ideas

It’s the perfect solution, truly. Get yourself some hanging laundry baskets STAT. (Little helper not included.)


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  1. Katy

    March 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I now know what I’ll be doing next weekend – GREAT idea!

  2. laura @ hollywood housewife

    March 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This is basically genius.

  3. Jessica

    March 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Oh my, that’s a genius solution! My solution thus far has been to just skip sorting my laundry ;) Which proves to be a PIA when it comes to delicates, air dry only…etc.

  4. Katie

    March 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    We JUST built a laundry basket dresser that is basically the same thing. Jealous that you can hide yours in a closet, but I love ours for the organization nonetheless. :) http://thethingsthatbringmejoy.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/pinterest-challenge-laundry-basket-dresser/

  5. Elizabeth A

    March 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Ohhh… thaaaat. Is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. “Organizational Porn” is right — I may need a moment to myself, as a matter of fact. I think the labelmaker is a step too far for me, but whatever floats yer boat, lady!
    Now, if I just had a closet big enough….

  6. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian

    March 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I love this idea! I’m a huge fan of cool organizational systems and I think this is great. I have a P-Touch label maker already on hand to do the labeling :)

  7. GreenInOC

    March 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Brilliant. These look so good I bet they will make you smile for years and years!

  8. KammyH

    March 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This is BRILLIANT!

  9. Jess |brownpaperbelle.com

    March 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    LOVING these baskets! We need a lot of organisational help in our laundry – thanks for sharing!

  10. LH

    March 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Long time reader, never commenter here. Okay, sort of dying to know where exactly your house is?! I’m sure you aren’t dumb enough to put your street name on the Internet, but I’m so curious. I am 99% sure we live in the exact same area and we bought a house right around when you did…given that there is almost no inventory in this area, I feel like odds are high we looked at your house. Can you give me some secret code hint?

  11. Sinem

    March 14, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Great idea! Thanks to http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/ I noticed ur blog

  12. beckey

    March 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m in love with everything about this. I don’t have any tall linen closets upstairs to accommodate this type of awesomeness, but dammit, I’m going to figure something out, because up until now I’ve been doing it all wrong!

    • whoorl

      March 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

      It’s the bomb dot com, Beckey. Find a way, man. FIND A WAY.

  13. This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Chandra (@MoMoMod)

    March 16, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Uh, yes, please!!! This is a nifty idea that I think I can actually do!


  15. Heather Tran

    March 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Thinking about doing this for the clean folded clothes because they never seem to get put away. Everyone would be responsible for putting their own basket away. And Im not looking for their clothes anymore; they can find them themselves!