10 Tips To Get Your Laundry Done!
1. Create a system, you can check out mine here, or come up with your own. Doing all your laundry in one day is unlikely to work (and who wants to devote a whole day to laundry?) If you live in a place where you have power price fluctuations, build your system to avoid peak rate prices. For me personally, I will be doing laundry Monday through Friday, first thing in the morning. (As my coffee is brewing, my first load is going in the washer)
2. Turn all your clothes right side out. Either while you’re taking them off or as you’re putting them in the washer. It seems like much less of a chore to fold clothes that are already turned the right way.
3. Keep a bottle of stain treatment close to where your hamper is. (Likely in the bathroom out of reach of kids) And another in the kitchen. Pretreat those stains and you wont end up washing the same top seven times to get that spaghetti sauce out.
4. Wash like weights of clothes together. This will help with drying time more than anything. Denim and heavier fabrics take longer to dry. Wash them last. T-shirts and lightweight materials can take half as much time to dry, speeding up the entire laundry process.
5. Throw a dry towel in the dryer with each load. Again, speeding up the drying process. (And saving energy)
6. Turning Folding & Putting away into one step instead of two: Take your clothes to the room they live in to fold them. Yes, even if it is up two flights of stairs! Don’t stop half way to fold them, then it’s unlikely they’ll make it to their final destination. If you fold them in the room they live in, they never go back into the laundry basket! And, things that are to be hung up, don’t need to be folded at all!
7. Store away unseasonal clothes. It’s the beginning of January and I just washed a load of shorts… why? Because I didn’t pack them away for the winter. As I took them out of the dryer they went right into a vacuum bag for storage…that’s one less load I’ll have to wash before now and spring! Storing away things that are just not needed will make that laundry pile shrink!
8. Read Your Labels. Many items do not go in the dryer. I’m thinking knit sweaters, corduroy pants, brand new jeans ect… The dryer can cause a lot of damage and ruin some of your best (and most expensive) clothes. If it’s not meant for the dryer…do not put it in. Pants can be hung over a chair or from a clothes hanger with clothes pins (or a drying rack!) Sweaters should be reshaped and let dry over a few days. Have a designated spot for this (where the kids don’t go) where they can be air-dried safely. (Then iron them and put them away!)
9. Ironing – Pick one day a week to do your ironing. Set up your ironing board in front of the TV, put your favorite show that you’ve had PVR’d for weeks on and iron away. Bring hangers with you and hang everything up as it’s ironed.
10. PURGE! – This is the single best way to make sure you don’t have a giant laundry pile going at all times…get rid of what you don’t love. Your son does not need 37 T-shirts and your baby has already outgrown that sleeper she wore last week. If it’s not useful, it’s in the way. Get rid of it! Look into local consignment shops where you can drop things off quickly and make a few bucks in the process.