Laundry is the worst chore ever. It’s one of those “This will never be done, ever” types of chores. For me, it’s even worse than the dishes. I am a naturally creative and artistic person, which means I am really really bad at keeping house, and really really bad at staying on top of chores. We’re usually a “check the pile” family. Meaning if it’s not in your drawers, and it’s not in the dirty clothes, check the pile of revolving clean clothes, cuz it’s probably there. I don’t like living out of a revolving pile of clean clothes, but being a working and stay at home mom, with 2 girls, and a husband who goes through a lot of work clothes, it’s almost impossible to stay on top of it all.
If you’re like me, and let’s face it, most of you are, you have some laundry sitting around, waiting to be put away, or worn again. It’s called life. If you’re a perfect robot family you probably have beautiful Pinterest worthy laundry rooms, and gleaming white clothes and no wire hangers. I am not one of those kinds of people.
I wish I could be, but it’s not in my DNA.
And because it’s not in my DNA, I have to come up with clever ways to stay as on top of the laundry as I possibly can. And if I can
sorta do it, you can too!
5 Tips for Getting Laundry Under Control
1. Do One Load A Day
This may sound like more work, but I assure you it’s much easier than those 3 Day type of plans where you wash everything all in one day. I start a load in the washing machine. The clothes that are in the dryer are the clothes from the day before’s load. 10 minutes or so on the wrinkle release handles any wrinkle issues, fluffs them up and makes them nice and warm. Those clothes then head to the bed, where they are folded or hung, and put away. When the clothes in the washer are finished, they get put into the now empty dryer, and will be handled the next day. So I really only wash, dry and put away one set of clothes a day, but I multi-task it, so it’s done faster and with less “waiting around” time.
2. Use Pre-Measured Detergent
I HATE waste! I hate wasted food, wasted time and wasted soap. I used to buy liquid detergent, and measure it out, but now I just stick to the pre-measured kids. Less waste, less space, less guess work, less time. Sounds like a win-win-win-win to me. Currently we are using the all free clear mighty pacs. It’s the number one recommended brand by dermatologists and is 100% hypoallergenic. It’s super tough on stains, but gentle on our clothes, which means less rewashing , and more time saved. And I love that it’s free of harsh dyes and chemicals so I don’t have to worry about it irritating my family’s sensitive skin.
3. Sort in Hampers
Sorting is one of my least favorite things to do when it comes to nasty, dirty clothes. In our house, we have multiple hampers around here that make for sorting super easy. If you have a hamper for whites, colors and darks, (or even, dad, mom, kids) you sort as you take off dirty clothes! No need to sort later! That way, everything is done for you before hand, and you will save tons of time not having to dig through lots of dirty clothes! Am I a genius or what?
4. Don’t Wash!
A lot of clothes don’t need to be washed after they are worn a few times. Betcha didn’t know that! Using a gentle detergent, washing only when needed and reading garment labels for drying recommendations will greatly increase your wear you get out of your clothes! Jeans, nice slacks, dresses, skirts, jackets, even PJ’s are just a few pieces that don’t need to be washed every time they are worn. Now, clearly if you’re spilling things on them, sweating in them or getting dirty, then go ahead and run them through the cycle, but less dirty clothes mean less clothes to wash, and less laundry to do.
5. Socks Go Last
Socks are the bane of my existence around here. I don’t even wear socks that often – I’m talking twice a week at most! I am a flip flop kind of girl! But my kids and husband wear lots and lots of socks. I don’t mind my husbands socks, because he wears the same socks and has like 30 pairs… and they all match each other. Easy peasy. But the kids? They have so many socks, and NONE are the same. Here’s a good tip for helping pair them together. Put socks in their own pile, and work on them last. Once everything is put away, start pairing up socks, buy folding them inside each other and creating little sock balls. Sock missing it’s pair? It might be under a bed, or still in a hamper, so keep a basket for lost socks looking for mates in the laundry room and make connections as you find the matches!