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Get a Handle on Laundry

| Updated Aug 13, 2017
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Dirty laundry. Sometimes, it seems like it follows me everywhere. Especially on RV trips.

What to do with it?

For a couple of years, we stuffed it in plastic bags. And that, we learned the hard way is not such a good idea. The clothes get really stinky in them and even after washing that smell can be hard to get rid of.

The solution for us is a collapsible clothes hamper. Actually, we bought a set of two of them. That’s how they come, a pack of two for $18.99 from Amazon.

We got the StorageManiac Foldable Pop-Up Mesh Hamper.

Usually, we only need one. But on long trips, the second one comes in handy.

They are made from 100 percent polyester mesh and fold down flat for easy storage. They have a sturdy steel frame that pops up to allow for lots of dirty clothes. They have easy carry handles, which makes it convenient when you take your dirty clothes to a laundromat.

Each of these collapsible hampers holds more clothes than you carry. When popped up or open, they measure a bit over 14 inches by 17 inches. And because they are mesh, the dirty clothes don’t have an odor problem. We store the hamper in the bathroom, on a hook mounted to the side wall.

Each hamper also has side pockets, which gives ample storage space for laundry accessories, delicates, socks, and so on.

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Jennifer Wendland

Published on 2017-08-13

Jennifer Wendland travels North America with husband, Mike, in a small Motorhome. She has worked with Mike as a television producer and traveled extensively all over the world. She is a self-described "gym rat," enjoying fitness and exercise wherever she goes. She is a certified Water Aerobics instructor and has taught large group classes in leading health clubs for more than 20 years. She and Mike have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They travel about two weeks out of every month. When not on the road, they live in southeastern Michigan.

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