I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys doing laundry aside from my grandma.(and I’m pretty sure she just says that there’s no way) Laundry is my absolute LEAST favorite chore. Like I’d rather clean a toilet than put away the massive piles of laundry that creep up on me so fast. What makes it worse is that the chore will literally never end. But one day the kids will all out of the house and I’ll.. never mind I’ll still not like it.
To keep up with the Laundry at my house, and it has taken years to get this right. There are a few rules or tips that I live by to make this tedious task go away ASAP. And I’m not perfect, life gets in the way and the piles grow enormous sometimes but I try.
1. Do Laundry EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
I know, I know hate me if you have to. But if you want to avoid that enormous mountain that we’ve all seen at one point or another it has to be done. No ifs, ands or buts. There are five people and two dogs in my family. To keep up with the amount of dirty clothes we all make, I literally do a load every single day start to finish. Not even exaggerating. Which as terrible as doing laundry every day sounds, spending an entire Saturday doing it sounds even worse to me. I’d rather do something fun with my kids than chores, especially this one.
2. Set a specific time aside
I do my laundry right about 8:15 every evening. The kids get put to bed at eight and then there’s a little buffer time. Then I get to work sorting and ‘roughly’ folding it. I say roughly because my kids laundry never stays perfectly put it in their drawers anyways so I don’t try to perfectly fold it, it would be a waste of time.
Many hands make for a lighter load. With three kids that are all capable of helping, you better bet that I’m going to have them help put away their own laundry. I usually do it one of two ways depending on my mood. When it’s time to get their laundry put away I will dump the hamper of clean laundry on the couch and tell them to put it away. This method requires a lot more supervision than the other since all three kids will eventually say they have all their own done when there is still a huge pile. My babies now know however that no one is allowed to leave until the entire pile is gone which usually encourages them to encourage each other to get it done as fast as possible.
4. Hang wet shirts
Last year I bought a tension rod and put it above my dryer. I hang up every shirt that comes out of the washer machine, while everything else goes in the dryer. The main reason being because in my mind it only takes a few minutes to hang up the shirts as it comes out of the washing machine and then I do not have to sort and hang it later. This makes it so that my mountains are more like hills. Another reason I like doing this just because I feel like my clothes last longer when they don’t go in the dryer as often.
5. Sort while you fold
I never understood sorting laundry all out and then folding it. That just seem to me like it takes twice the amount of time that it would otherwise. Don’t do that. Next time, while you are sorting just fold items too it saves time.
6. Don’t have too many laundry hampers
I don’t know if this applies to y’all, but I used to have eight hampers. Seriously, eight hampers one for each of the three bathrooms, one for each of the four bedrooms and one that stayed in the laundry room. I figured everyone in my house would put their clothes in the hamper if there was one nearby. Another thought about hampers, the pretty decorative ones with the lids, I promise you that you will be the only one to lift the lid to put the laundry in the hamper. Ever. Everyone else will stack it on top, guaranteed. I have two of these Home Logic ones, they’re super sturdy and have lasted a long time now. Best hampers ever.
7. Do something you enjoy while doing your laundry
Doing something you like while doing something you don’t like kind of makes it go by a little bit faster. I like to catch up on my Netflix binging while doing laundry. Listen to audiobooks, did you know that if you sign up for a public library card most library’s give you access to their online audiobooks. I found this out last month, both me and the kids LOVE it! Sometimes I put YouTube on to learn about blogging, crafting or just to watch something funny. Sometimes I even do squats and other exercises in between to get my exercise in at the same time. I’m sure there are lots of other options depending on what you enjoy but try to incorporate that into your routine, it makes it go by faster and more enjoyable.
8. Make sure that everything has a place
Have you ever heard there’s a place for everything and everything has a place? On this case it makes a world of difference. Make sure there is a specific place that you plan on putting all laundry. When something doesn’t have a place it tends to pile up and get left there because there’s nowhere else for it to go.
9. Get rid of clothes you don’t wear
This may seem obvious but sometimes I don’t realize how many clothes are just sitting in my closet that I haven’t worn it in months. I regularly go through my kids clothes and get rid of things as I notice they are too small when I’m folding them. But as far as my clothes go they just tend to sit in my closet for months, unworn. Also this ties in with number eight If it doesn’t have a place in your home, maybe it’s time to get rid of it.
10. Never put sorted laundry back in a hamper
This is totally a thing I did not know I was doing wrong. I would fold my laundry put it back in the hamper because I was tired of doing laundry and planned on putting it away later. Later never comes in a massive piles start adding up and that laundry that was once folded in the basket ends up unfolded pretty quickly.
If you only get one tip out of this whole list let it be number one, do a little bit every single day even if it’s not a whole load. Even if it’s only hanging up two shirts. That’s two less shirts that end up in the massive pile that shows up on Saturday with no end in sight.
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