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Embracing and hacking the laundry piles with (of course) baskets!

I have had many clever and functional Ikea storage solutions gather dust because I can't help but let my clothes pile up on the floor. So when I moved in with my boyfriend I knew I could't let stuff pile up, but I also knew I would never be able to fight my piling ways forever. So just like you do in any relationship, I compromised with myself. I bought cheap hampers to separate my clothes into contained pile — keeping them clean and within reach.

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How do you get cigarette smoke smell out of clothes?

Other than forcing my roommates to quit or go outside to smoke, what are some good ways to get the smoke smell out of clothes without re-washing them? Bonus points for the solution being scent free as I work in healthcare and powerful scents (including smoke) can trigger allergies, asthma etc.

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I like cleaning my house: WTF?! When did this happen?

Somehow, I've gone from a person who found herself filled with resentment and rage while cleaning to someone who actually (get this) enjoys doing my chores. Somehow, I now understand the concept of "domestic bliss." I genuinely don't know when this happened. Somehow, I'm that asshole who shouts "LAUNDRY ZERO!!" with a sense of genuine accomplishment once all hampers are empty and all clothes are folded. I don't know how or why this happened, but in the interest of bottling it and sharing it, here are a few of my theories…

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Earning extra income at home by doing laundry

There are a lot of articles and blogs out there about making money from home, most of these are targeted at stay at home moms and include things like, "Get a job as a virtual assistant" or, "Sell your handmade goods through an Etsy shop." These are great ideas, and I am sure they work for a lot of people, but in my experience with this a lot more time is spent scouring the interwebs for opportunities than actually generating any income. What I have found works best for me is low tech and old fashioned. I wash clothes and I bake bread.

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Want to get rid of extra clothes you're holding on to? Don't do laundry for a few weeks

I recently found myself feeling bogged down by all the clothing I owned, so I decided to perform an experiment. I didn't do laundry for 2-3 weeks, and then donated everything that was still hanging up on laundry day. Since it's still winter I kept a few summer items so I can perform the same experiment later in the year, but other than that all the extra stuff I had is gone. The best part is that I didn't have to deal with any of the emotional stuff that comes with trying to ditch stuff in one go — I was able to just look at my closet and realize how much I was holding onto for no reason.

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Where can I find an awesome double laundry hamper that's easy to carry?

Right now our laundry system is a little all over the place: we're putting everything into one medium-sized wicker hamper my husband thrifted a few months ago. It's kind of driving me crazy, so I've decided the solution is a double hamper — one side for lights, one side for darks. But here's my problem: everything I've found online doesn't seem to be apartment/laundromat-friendly.