One of the biggest struggles I here many talk about is maintaining the laundry. A family generates A LOT of laundry. It is actually kind of insane, but it is one of those things in life. After much research and trial of my own, I have collected several tips to help keep the laundry controlled (most days).
Laundry adds up fast. It can go from a load to a mountain in what seems like a matter of hours! Some days I truly swear it multiplies. When there is a problem, there is almost always a practical solution. So we begin to unfold our options…see what I did there. Unfold our options! A little laundry humor there.
Laundry Tip 1: Do a load every day to every other day depending on your laundry demands. It sounds like a lot, but it actually helps prevent that helpless, out of control, laundry mountain that takes a day or two to conquer. I recommend tossing in a load first thing in the morning, then switch after work or whenever makes sense in your day.
Laundry Tip 2: You really do not have to sort your laundry. I would sort if you have known laundry items that bleed or you have a new item. One option for this is to throw a Shout Color Catcher in the wash. Works like a charm!
Laundry Tip 3: Fold, hang, and put away right away. If you let it sit in the basket, likely it will continue to find friends, pile up, and add to certain anger in the morning when you cannot find underwear!
For some this becomes the stressor, the barrier to conquering your laundry. What are the solutions, so you make sure to execute this step every time?
You have a couple of solutions here. If you have capacity in your closets, I prefer to hang most of my clothes with exception of intimates, PJs, and athletic wear. If you do decide to go this route, you can keep a rack near the dryer. Make sure to have hangers waiting and ready on the rack for easy hanging. Hang all items and sort by individual. Easy way to grab and place in the closet. If you do not, it is still easily accessible.
As for the hangers, after you use a hanger, you can always place them in a small bin or basket in your closet. Grab these before you go down to switch around the laundry.
Another solution to laundry tip number 3 is to have separate baskets, labeled for each person. If you have the room invest in a small folding table with space for organization. If you happen to have or find a changing table, this is a great repurposed solution!
Each person can put away their belongings, depending on age. Young children like to help when they can. It makes them feel more independent and is great when training up your child to be a responsible adult.
You can easily label drawers or bins with words or pictures. This sets your children up for success.
Last option – fold, place in piles, and put away or have family members help.
Laundry Tip 4: Minimalize your wardrobe or towel collection. We have A LOT. Now, I do not follow the strict guidelines that some would use to describe minimalism. I would say that mine are more of being intentional about my purchases and what we own/need. If it does not fit in the drawers or closet, we need to pair down. If you bring something in, then something should go. Keeping a more minimal wardrobe can help reduce the amount of laundry to do.
Laundry Tip 5: If it is not dirty don’t wash it. This sounds pretty obvious. BUT we wash a lot of things that may or may not actually need to be washed. So, let’s discuss this a little bit.
Do you ever find that you change your PJs and your children’s PJs every day? Are they really dirty? Decide if your family feels that you need or it is important to them, if a new set of PJs are needed. You can always wear a couple of nights in a row. Store PJs under your pillow for easy access the following night.
Towels. Does each person really need to wash each towel after every use? Could they be hung to dry for another use? If you have a large family or multiple family members using the same bathroom, try using hooks for each person. They can hang their towel on their hook for future uses!
Work wear. In some cases, like mine, I wear a lot of blouses, cardigans, and skirts. Often these do not need to be washed every wear. I hang them back up in the closet or hang wash in som
Laundry should be a family project. Do not place it all on yourself. There are many tips and tricks to make the process easier. Remember for all changes you should expect about 21 to 30 days of consistent dedication to the new process to make the routine a habit. Once you do, you will find a little freedom from the helpless, mountain of out of control laundry!