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5 Functional clothes hampers

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Make sorting your laundry easier

Keep your laundry organized with a hamper that is roomy enough to handle your family's clothes. Check out these five functional clothes hampers in various sizes and styles to find one that is suited to your laundry needs.
Restoration Hardware laundry carts

Look for clothes hampers with convenient compartments, rolling casters and other features that make doing the laundry a little bit easier.

Restoration Hardware laundry carts

For big families with lots of laundry, consider purchasing these durable laundry carts from Restoration Hardware. Created by the same company that supplies hotels, restaurants and even the government, these industrial-quality carts feature heavy-duty canvas, steel frames, wood-reinforced bases and smooth-rolling casters. These carts come in small, medium and large sizes with the largest size at over 30 inches deep. Priced between $129 and $229, these clothes hampers don't come cheap, but they'll also last for many, many years to come.

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Savannah Divided HamperSavannah Divided Hamper

Keep your laundry organized by choosing a divided hamper. This hamper features two roomy compartments for light and dark clothes, making it a very functional choice. Priced at $179 at Pottery Barn, this divided hamper features cut-out handles for easy transport and removable cotton canvas liners for simple cleaning. Created from hand-woven sea grass, this hamper is stylish enough to be out in the open. Consider buying a second one to keep by your front door for hats, gloves, scarves and other accessories.

Canvas 2-Compartment Laundry HamperCanvas two Compartment Laundry Hamper

For an affordable, functional hamper, this one can't be beat. This canvas hamper features two compartments so your laundry is already sorted when laundry day rolls around. With two eyelet handles, it's easy to carry. Plus, when you aren't using it, this hamper folds totally flat for easy storage. You can snag this natural cotton canvas hamper at World Market for only $37.

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Badger Basket Sleigh Changing Table with HamperBadger Basket Sleigh Changing Table with Hamper

New parents will love this convenient changing table and hamper for the baby's nursery. It keeps everything clean and organized, plus it has plenty of room for changing supplies, clothes and other items in its three side baskets. The hamper bag is removable and machine-washable, adding to its convenience. When your child gets older, this changing table can be used to hold clothes, toys or other items. You can find this dual changing table and hamper at Bed Bath & Beyond for $170.

Honey-Can-Do 3-Bag Mesh Laundry SorterHoney-Can-Do 3-Bag Mesh Laundry Sorter

If your kids always have trouble separating their whites from colors, put one of these economical laundry sorters in their bedroom or bathroom. This clothes hamper features three full-sized compartments for whites, colors and towels. The washable mesh bags help keep mildew away. They are easily removable, featuring a drawstring closure and carrying strap for easy transport to the laundry room. You can find this three-bag laundry sorter at Wal-Mart and other retailers for about $15.

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Quick tip

Even young children can help out with the laundry by sorting colors from whites, folding socks and emptying the dryer's lint trap. Get kids involved in the laundry process early so they won't dread it as they get older.

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