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Laundry organizer




Title: Laundry organizer.
Abstract: A laundry organizer has a plurality of enhanced laundry bags suspended by a plurality of drop bars and a cross bar. The organizer can be hung from doors, walls, seat-backs, chair-backs, etc. and encourages people to pre-sort and organize dirty laundry. In another embodiment, appealing animal likenesses are incorporated into the mouths of the laundry bags in order to interest children in using the system. In yet other embodiments, sports team names, logos, cartoon characters, comic book characters, personalities, caricatures, faces, or other two- or three-dimensional depictions can be incorporated onto the mouths of the bags to further enhance the desire of people to utilize the system. The enhanced laundry bags can be used to organize and hold other items. ...


USPTO Applicaton #: #20140224681
Inventors: Plashan Mccune


The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20140224681, Laundry organizer.

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

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This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/764,362 entitled LAUNDRY SORTER SYSTEM and filed on Feb. 13, 2013, which is specifically incorporated by reference herein for all that it discloses and teaches.

TECHNICAL FIELD

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The present invention relates generally to the field of household conveniences; more particularly, to laundry and its handling after use but prior to being laundered; and more particularly still, to a laundry organizer apparatus to enhance and improve tidiness and organization while increasing the efficiency of handling dirty laundry.

BACKGROUND

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Hundreds of years ago, many people owned very few changes of clothes. Clothing was expensive to make and purchase and standards of cleanliness were generally lower than they are now, allowing clothes to be worn for longer periods between cleanings. However, with the advent of the industrial revolution, and the huge increases in automation in recent years, the production of textiles has boomed while the costs have dropped precipitously. As a result, this has allowed many people to own a large variety of clothes. Similarly, as powered washing machines have become less expensive and more ubiquitous, the task of cleaning those clothes has become much easier to do in bulk, instead of cleaning garments individually or in piecemeal. Together, these trends have led to the currently common situation of people wearing clothes only once or twice before grouping them together with other previously worn garments (and other dirty laundry) in preparation for future laundering.

In order to organize dirty laundry prior to laundering, many devices and systems have been developed. For example, a laundry hamper is a common fixture in the laundry room or bathrooms of many homes. In others, people keep individual hampers in each bedroom to ease collection of laundry. However, small children often fail to remember to put dirty clothes in such devices and instead leave garments on the floor after changing, getting ready for bed/shower/bath, etc. Furthermore, dirty clothes collection devices such as hampers and baskets take up valuable floor space and often are unappealing in appearance. Additionally, such devices require that laundry sorting be completed prior to laundering as within hampers, whites are mixed with darks, fabric types are jumbled together, etc.

What is needed is a laundry organizer that does not take up valuable floor space, assists in the pre-sorting of dirty laundry prior to laundering, allows for easy transference to the laundry room, incentivizes kids (and others) to be tidy and put-away/organize dirty clothes, and otherwise increases the efficient handling of laundry between use and laundering.

SUMMARY

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One embodiment of the present invention comprises a laundry organizer having a plurality of laundry bags suspended by a novel adjustable suspension apparatus that can be hung from doors, walls, seat-backs, chair-backs, etc. and encourages people to pre-sort and organize dirty laundry. In another embodiment, appealing animal likenesses are incorporated into the mouths of the laundry bags in order to interest children in using the system. In yet other embodiments, sports team names, logos, cartoon characters, comic book characters, personalities, caricatures, faces, or other two- or three-dimensional depictions can be incorporated onto the mouths of the bags to further enhance the desire of people to utilize the system. The enhanced laundry bags can be used to organize and hold other items and can be hung without the suspension apparatus.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

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The aforementioned and other features and objects of the present invention and the manner of attaining them will become more apparent and the invention itself will be best understood by reference to the following descriptions of a preferred embodiment and other embodiments taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 illustrates a front perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer hanging from a door;

FIG. 2 illustrates a front perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer highlighting drop bars and cross bar components;

FIG. 3 illustrates front elevation view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer highlighting a cross bar component;

FIG. 4 illustrates a side elevation view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer highlighting a cross bar component;

FIG. 5 illustrates a top plan view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer highlighting a cross bar component;

FIG. 6 illustrates a front elevation view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer highlighting a drop bar component;

FIG. 7 illustrates a side elevation view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer highlighting a drop bar component; and

FIG. 8 illustrates a front perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of an enhanced laundry bag that can be used in a laundry organizer.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

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Referring now to the drawings, FIG. 1 illustrates a front perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer 100 hanging from a door 90. The laundry organizer 100 is shown in its over-the-door configuration, being suspended from the top edge 92 of the door 90. The plurality of enhanced laundry bags 300 illustrated in FIG. 1 number two, in other embodiments, the number can be one, two, three, four, or more.

The door 90 is shown in FIG. 1 as having a plurality of panels 91, as is common for interior doors in residential settings. In other embodiments, the laundry organizer 100 can be suspended from other types of doors, including, but not limited to: closet doors, folding doors, furniture doors, cabinet doors, exterior doors, etc. Furthermore, in other embodiments, the laundry organizer 100 can be mounted to a wall or other generally vertical surface using the cross bar 250 (for a more thorough discussion of this mounting option, see FIG. 3). In yet other embodiments, the laundry organizer 100 can hang from a ceiling, the back of a car seat or chair, a window frame, or any other suitable location. Additionally, a modified support apparatus is contemplated to locate the enhanced laundry bags 300 in non-door locations; and the bags may be used to organize items besides laundry.

In the embodiment shown in FIG. 1, the laundry organizer 100 utilizes at least two drop bars 210 and 220 to hang the system from the top edge 92 of the door 90. The drop bars 210 and 220 hook over the top edge 92 and hang down the face of the door 90. Although the drop bars 210 and 220 utilize over-the-door hook portions, they are not visible in FIG. 1, see FIGS. 2 and 7. The drop bars 210 and 220 can removably connect to a cross bar 250 which serves to keep the drop bars 210 and 220 separated a fixed distance from each other, provides an additional expansion hook option, and adds rigidity to the laundry organizer 100.

The cross bar 250 provides a plurality of laundry bag suspension slots 252 (see FIG. 2 for more detail) from which a plurality of laundry bag suspension straps 260 can be suspended. As illustrated in FIG. 1, each laundry bag 300 utilizes two laundry bag suspension straps 260. In other embodiments, each laundry bag 300 can use one, two, three or more suspension straps 260. Each suspension strap 260 utilizes a laundry bag suspension slot 252. In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 1, two slots 252 are used per enhanced laundry bag 300. A standard cross bar 250 incorporates a plurality of laundry bag suspension slots 252; FIG. 1 illustrates a cross bar with eight slots 252, more or fewer slots 252 are contemplated in other embodiments.

FIG. 2 illustrates a front perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer highlighting two drop bars 210 and 220 and a cross bar 250. In order to grasp and hold the top edge of a door, the drop bars 210 and 220 utilize over-the-door hook portions 212 and 222. In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 2, the over-the-door hook portions 212 and 222 are sized to fit over a standard residential door; in other embodiments, the hook portions 212 and 222 can be sized to fit over other doors.

Opposite the hook portions 212 and 222, the drop bars 210 and 220 utilize cross bar locking mechanisms 214 and 224. The cross bar locking mechanisms 214 and 224 engage a plurality of hanging cutouts 254 in the cross bar 250 and thereby suspend the cross bar 250. For more detail on the cross bar locking mechanisms 214 and 224, see FIGS. 3-4 and 6-7.

The plurality of laundry bag suspension slots 252 illustrated in FIG. 2 are distributed across the face of the cross bar 250. The laundry bag suspension slots 252 each provide an attachment point for a laundry bag suspension strap 260 to attach to the cross bar 250. Eight laundry bag suspension slots 252 are illustrated in the embodiment shown in FIG. 2; in other embodiments, the number of slots 252 can be greater than or less than eight.

A plurality of expansion hooks 256 is also illustrated in FIG. 2. The plurality of expansion hooks 256 allows the laundry organizer 100 to be expanded by adding additional drop bar(s) suspended from the cross bar 250. In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 2, only a single expansion hook 256 is shown; other embodiments may use more or fewer. Additionally, other items besides additional drop bars may utilize the plurality of expansion hooks 256.

FIG. 3 illustrates front elevation view of an exemplary embodiment of a laundry organizer highlighting a cross bar component 250. The cross bar 250 can be a generally rectangular member that has a slim profile. The cross bar 250 is a sort of utility bar in that it provides all the connection points to connect the various components of the laundry organizer together.




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Application #
US 20140224681 A1
Publish Date
08/14/2014
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File Date
12/31/1969
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