I don’t know about you, but doing laundry is one of my least favorite chores. One of the reasons that I think this is true is because doing laundry doesn’t involve doing just ONE task.
There are so many tasks involved when it comes to laundry. First, you have to collect all the laundry in one central location. Next, you have to sort the dirty clothes. Then, you have to put them in the washer. Next, you have to put them in the dryer. Then, you have to take the clothes out of the dryer and fold them. Finally, you have to put all the clothes away. Ok, I am exhausted already!
Sometimes, I have tried to ignore my laundry, but that has proven to be a road to disaster. Have you ever had your laundry pile up so high that you felt like you were drowning in clothes? Well, I have. The complaints from my family not having clean underwear was a problem too. Needless to say, I have learned from that mistake.
With all the many things that we have to do every day to keep our households running smoothly, how can we overcome the frustrations of laundry?
These tips have helped me tremendously when it comes to tackling my laundry.
Use Clothes Hampers
Clothes hampers can help not only in collecting dirty laundry but also in keeping rooms tidy.
All of my kids have clothes hampers in their rooms. They know that dirty clothes don’t belong on their bedroom floors but in the clothes hamper (although they do have to be reminded of this OFTEN).
I also have a clothes hamper in our hall bathroom where the kids shower. Really, it’s a good idea to have a clothes hamper in every room where clothes are taken off. It makes collecting dirty clothes so much easier, and you are getting other family members to help out also.
Set-Up a Sorting Area
Having an area where dirty clothes can be sorted out is a huge time saver.
In my house, my washer and dryer are in the garage so I don’t have a laundry room. Because of this, I have 3 laundry baskets in my bedroom. One basket is for whites. One basket is for colors, and one basket is for towels.
If you are lucky enough to have a laundry room in your house, I would recommend setting up baskets or tubs for your designated loads of laundry also.
Another great thing about having a sorting area is that your kids can sort out their own laundry from their clothes hampers. This is a chore that I have my kids do every day. It’s quick and helps me out greatly.
Use a Timer
Most new washer and dryers are equipped with timers. These timers can be so helpful when it comes to switching the laundry.
If you’re not using these timers, use them. The timers will help you stay on task when it comes to doing laundry. If your washer and dryer doesn’t have a timer, set the timer on your stove or on your phone.
You can also hand this job over to one of your kids. I often will tell my kids that they are in charge of switching the laundry. I will set the timer on my phone and when it goes off, they know that the laundry must be switched.
By using a timer, I can take care of other jobs that need to be done while the clothes are in the washer or dryer.
Fold and Put Away
I think a lot of people have trouble with this step. In the past, I know that I have. Have you ever had a mountain of clean clothes on your bed or couch that seems to never leave? Believe me, I have been there.
We all have good intentions of following through with our laundry, but we often come to a sudden halt when it comes to folding and putting the clothes away. Maybe, this is because it’s our least favorite part of the whole process.
Whatever the case may be, we have to fold and put away the clothes, or they will overtake your bedroom or living room.
Once a load of laundry is out of the dryer, fold and put the clothes away as soon as possible. If your kids are old enough, have them help out with the folding. They can also put their own clothes away.
My son is responsible for folding the towels. He is also responsible for putting the towels and his own clothes away. Folding and putting away clothes are great chores to give your children. You’re not only teaching them responsibility, but you’re also lessening your workload when it comes to laundry.
Do a Load of Laundry Daily
You might be thinking, “Wait, I thought she just said that she didn’t like doing laundry.” I did say that, but hear me out. This one tip has helped me so MUCH with keeping up with my laundry.
In the past, I would wait and do all my laundry on the weekend. Boy, was that a drag. Doing 6-10 loads of laundry was not how I wanted to spend my Saturday.
So I tried doing one load of laundry a day. Not only did this lessen my load of work on the weekend, but I also felt like I could manage my family’s laundry once it was broken down into smaller increments.
If you have a small family, you may need to only do a load of laundry every couple of days. However, I always seem to have at least one full load of laundry that needs to be done every day.
By doing one load of laundry daily, you will be able to tackle your laundry without getting overwhelmed or frustrated.
Laundry doesn’t have to overtake our lives or consume every moment of the day. With a little planning and family involvement, laundry can become less overwhelming and frustrating.
These tips will not only save you time and energy when it comes to laundry, but they can also save your sanity.
Please share any tips that you have used to overcome the frustrations of laundry!