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Laundry is super easy, right? Right?! Okay, maybe not. BUT, there are a few ways to make it bearable and almost-easy.
First, I’m just going to say, unless you just want to hire out your laundry, there is no method of getting the laundry clean and put away without going through the steps of cleaning it and putting it away. I feel the need to say this, because sometimes people ask me how to organize laundry, and I can tell by their response to my answer that they were hoping for some magical system. If you are a unicorn chaser, throw glitter at the computer screen to help you focus, but keep reading: you need to hear this.
Tip #1 – Create A Laundry Schedule
I designate certain days of the week to do different laundry. If I wash my kids clothes every Wednesday, then they don’t run out of clothes, which is a desired outcome. Also, I don’t have to have a bunch of extra/backup clothes, because there is a regular supply of clean clothes. (I have a ton of opinions about how much is too much clothing for kids — read THIS if you feel like you are swimming in kids clothes. Read THIS if you need help trimming down your closet.)
What is true about kids clothes is true about all of it. You don’t need to own so much if you take care of it regularly. So do that. A Laundry Schedule helps you make sure you are taking care of everything regularly.
My Schedule –
Monday – Misc.
Tuesday – Towels
Wednesday – Kids
Thursday – Adult
Friday – Bedding
This image shows all the different loads I do. I keep this up in my laundry room and cross off as I go. Here is where I show how to do that.
Tip #2 – Create A Laundry Routine
Now you know what day you’re going to do the laundry, what next? Now you need to decide on your plan of attack for getting to the laundry each day. Once you know your plan of attack and you repeat it week after week, it starts to become a habit. You have to push past the first 3 weeks when it is hardest.
Set routines like you start a load of towels after your kids bathe a certain night each week or you clean your cleaning cloths after you clean your bathrooms. Fold kitchen towels while dinner cooks. Whatever works for your life, get into a groove with it! I love folding laundry while I unwind in front of the TV a bit each day. Make laundry a reward.
These two systems solve all of our clothes-washing issues. Both the following posts are must-reads.
This is my routine/system for My Kid’s Laundry.
This is my routine/system for My Husband’s and My Laundry.
Tip #3 – Small Loads
Small loads or loads that all get put away in the same place is one of my biggest tricks. I do the white towels in my master bedroom separately from the towels in the other bathrooms. That way, I wash it, dry it, fold it, and then put it all away in the same place. No sorting! I apply that same principle to all of my laundry. If you take my links above about how I do my laundry and my kids laundry, you will see how I don’t really like sorting.
Excepting my hampers/systems for clothes, I have this in my kitchen for dirty kitchen cloths, a hamper in each bathroom that has a tub/shower for towels, and one in the laundry room for cleaning towels. I also keep a little lingerie bag hung on the back of the doorknob in my laundry room for little socks I find all over the house. Each hamper gets washed and then put back in one place. This makes a big difference!!
One of my favorite little loads is my kitchen cloths. You can read more about that system HERE.
Tip #4 – Use The Best Products
As a busy homemaker, the last thing you want to do is waste your time with inferior laundry products. See my favorites HERE.
Tip #5 – Set a Timer
One of my favorite uses for a timer is changing over the load of laundry from the washer to the dryer. (You know, so the washer doesn’t start to smell.) My washing machine supposedly dings, but I never seem close enough to hear it. I used to do the kitchen counter, but lately I just use the handy timer on my phone.
Be sure to use the timer for your dryer cycle too. If you get the clothes put away right away, that is so much easier! If you let it pile up, you are setting yourself up for disaster. Don’t do it! Don’t let it pile up!!
I’m down to one laundry basket I keep in my laundry room. This forces me to empty it out before I fill it again. This is really helping!!
Tip #6 – Avoid Ironing
Now if you have questions about ironing, you can google that if you want. Ain’t nobody got time for that! 😉
Oh man, I can actually hear some of you cringing from across cyber-space. Hey, I can’t do it all!
I know these tips can be a lot to take in, but give them a try to see if things get a bit better for you. Success really is in the follow-through, because when you keep going at this and it DOES BECOME A ROUTINE, life really is so much easier. Give laundry some limits and boundaries. Do it when it’s time, and don’t let laundry haunt you anymore. Imagine a weekend without laundry? That future is yours!
I really am trying to make your life easier – I hope this helps.