I can’t say that laundry is one of my favorite chores (does anyone actually have a favorite chore?), but it’s far from my least favorite. Well, except for folding sheets. I really hate folding sheets. I think the reason people really don’t like doing laundry is because it can easily get out of control and it becomes beyond overwhelming. Then you likely feel like you’re drowning in an endless sea of dirty clothes so you simply don’t do it. It’s like that Big Bang episode where instead of doing her laundry Penny simply buys a new outfit. Of course most of us can’t afford to constantly buy new clothes, and how silly would that be anyways? So it’s up to us to get our laundry done. To help I’ve compiled a list of 6 tips to make laundry easier, so that you can get it done allowing you to be free to be mom instead of the laundry lady.
Tip #1 – Have a Laundry Schedule
Decide on a laundry schedule and then stick to it. If you have a schedule you’re more likely to actually do the wash. Make sure the entire family knows the schedule too. There is nothing worse than when your spouse or a child comes to you with something that “needs” to be washed and you don’t plan to do a load that it fits in for another week. Then you might end up doing an extra load for it which is a waste of water and electricity. Here is what my laundry schedule looks like: I wash whites on Mondays, darks/colors on Tuesdays, towels on Thursdays, and then I do sheets/blankets on Saturdays.
Tip #2 – Do a Load a Day
Now I don’t have enough laundry that I need to do a load every day. Of course I’m only washing clothes for one adult and one preschooler. If your family is a bit larger you might need to do a load every day as you might not be able to fit everything into the machine at one time. By doing a load a day you’ll always have the laundry pile under control though. I know some of you are probably groaning thinking of having to tackle laundry on a daily basis, but one load a day is far better than an all day laundry marathon for when you finally find yourself left with no clean clothes at all.
Tip #3 – Fold it Right Away
You should fold the load of laundry as soon as you can once the dryer is done running. If you let it sit in the dryer than the clothes will start to wrinkle. When that happens you’ll have to take the extra laundry step of ironing. Now there is a chore that I really don’t like! You’ll save a ton of time by not needing to worry about ironing.
Tip #4 – Have Others Help
Tip #5 – Sort
There are different ways to sort laundry. I prefer to sort my laundry by type of item being washed (whites, towels, etc.). Whichever way you like to sort it’s important to do it as easily as you can. If you have the space than have a designated clothing spot for each type of load. For example, have a spot for whites and a separate spot for darks. Then when it’s time to wash your load is already sorted and ready to go!