This tip was one of the first things I’ve shared on my blog 5 years ago and it has helped countless people transform their laundry issues! Has it helped you? Will it help you?
This is the easiest way to do kid’s laundry whether you have 1 or a dozen kids.
I’ve had people come back and tell me that they were afraid to try because my way made them nervous. They’ve been doing laundry the same way their mother did and can’t imagine it any other way. If this is you, remind yourself that there have been a lot of advances in phones, computers, tvs … and the way to do laundry. There are more convenient ways than you’ve experienced – and they work better and make laundry easier!!! It’s okay to make laundry easier, because enough things in life are just hard.
The OLD Way = Time Waster
Sort before: Sort your piles into darks, mediums, lights, reds, delicates, etc. Combine laundry from different people and kids to make the loads “worth it.”
Sort after: Sort after the load is dry. One load of laundry may have things that need to be put away in every bedroom/ bathroom of your house.
Spend a lot of time sorting before and after.
If you have kids close in age or children with similar sizes or style of clothing, then you will spend a lot of time analyzing each piece while you sort and will still probably put a lot of clothes in the wrong place on accident.
More Reasons To Procrastinate
I look at all that extra time you take as annoying little obstacles. And when you’re living a life full of things-besides-laundry, these obstacles get in your way of just getting it done. You procrastinate starting your laundry because you don’t have time to sort everything. And then you procrastinate putting laundry away because you don’t have time to sort and fold everything.
Simple Is Better
Sometimes two ways of doing things can end in the exact same result, like clean laundry. The simple way is better, though, just because it is simple.
Simple solutions have fewer complications that get in our way. Simple solutions are easier to delegate when we need help. Simple solutions are easier to approach when you’re overwhelmed.
The Easiest Way To Do Kid’s Laundry
These steps are all very easy, but I’ve still written them out to make it very clear.
- Give each Kid their very own clothes hamper. The best hampers are laundry baskets. The same basket that takes the clothes TO the washing machine, brings the clean clothes back to the bedroom. (My kids keep their baskets in their closet. The baskets have changed from the picture below, but I still put their names on it.)
- Assign each kid a laundry day. (I’ve tried multiple kids on one day and different days for each kid – both work well depending on family schedules.)
- On laundry day, do a quick look through of the basket to decide if something needs a different wash type than “normal”. Turn things outside right if you want. Look for stains*. (My kids are in charge of this part themselves and bringing it to the laundry room.)
- Wash the entire load of clothes, all colors, by adding a Color Catcher** to the load and then dry. (No need to add these if the clothes are the same colors.)
- Wash the clothes that need a delicate cycle, if needed. (I wash most all of my kids clothes on normal and dry on low heat, so this is rarely needed. Sometimes just a fluffy Easter dress or Halloween costume makes it into the pile. I wash things with sequins or embroidery inside out to protect the pretty stuff.)
- Fold clothes into basket and put away – all in the same place. (Just 1 person’s clothes are so easy to put away!)
*Dealing With Stains
Sometimes there are stubborn stains, but most of the time I just use regular Liquid Laundry detergent on stains and it works 99% of the time!
My process: I separate stained clothes when I sort, and bring it with me to the washing machine. I just squirt a little detergent on each stain and throw it in the wash.
My favorite Liquid Laundry detergents from Shaklee (extra concentrated so a little goes a long way). They have an unscented and a lightly scented version – I like both. I’ve used these for almost 6 years now! I switched when regular detergent was giving my daughter a constant skin rash. I use everything in THIS laundry & cleaning kit.
**Using Color-Catching Sheets
Mixing the colors is the thing that most people tell me gives them anxiety at first. I think the most convincing argument for them is that my mom now uses them constantly. My mom is a laundry-master and she actually converted to MY WAY! What?!?!
I’ve tried every brand and honestly just go with the best deal, because I’ve had success with all of them. (Definitely read the box with any directions or manufacturer’s warning. Like, sometimes I add an extra sheet for brand new dark wash jeans or new bright red clothes … or I wash them alone.)
The last pack I bought were on Amazon because it is cheaper than the grocery store right now. I check for price changes occasionally and switch when it makes sense. These were the last ones I bought >>>
You don’t have to do it the same-old-way!
Seriously, the easiest way to do kids’ laundry can be simple. Does my way make you nervous?!
With all the steps so much easier, you can break them up into parts. Throw a quick load in before dinner, put it in the dryer after dinner and fold/put away before bedtime. None of the steps take that long!
Quick Summary of How I Wash MY clothes:
I separate my clothes by HOW they are washed. I usually wash my clothes on 2 settings: delicate and hand-wash. I mix colors in my loads and use a color catcher. I hang dry everything besides pajamas and garden/painting clothes.
Read more about how I do adult laundry and all about the different cycles >>> Make Laundry Easy: Laundry Sorting Groups, Wash Cycles, and Sew Your Own Laundry Bags
And more … I Write A Lot About Laundry
Seriously, a lot, so I’ve chosen a few of my favorites.
- How To Kill The Laundry Monster
- Beyond Killing the Laundry Monster – Tips for Maintaining Laundry
- (oldie but goodie) Handling Kitchen Laundry
- Creating a Cleaning & Laundry Schedule (How To Have A Perfectly Clean House … or something like that.)
Here’s to easy and non-overwhelming laundry in your future!