For years now, I have had a thing about laundry baskets. I think they’re about the most versatile item ever. I have used them to:
- store outdoor plants temporarily when I’m transplanting them
- as a container for newspapers before I recycle them
- as a container for long-term storage (books, clothes, electronics, etc.)
- in lieu of a suitcase when I go on driving trips
This last use is one that has been a source of mild embarrassment for family members: “There’s dad carrying his laundry basket into the Days Inn–tacky, tacky, tacky.” I agree it is not elegant, but it makes packing shoes, clothing and my personal pillow so much easier than having to zip everything up tightly in a standard rolling suitcase. (No, I’ve never used one on a plane.)
This past weekend, I was babysitting my granddaughter. It had snowed but it wasn’t too cold. I thought she needed an outing around the block, but I had no stroller or sled. Then I noticed the laundry basket holding shoes in the mudroom. Hmm. The rest, as they say, is history. When he saw the above photo, son Anthony texted: “An instant classic.” What can I say? He has a good eye.