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Laundry is my arch nemesis. If I could give away one household chore, it would be laundry. I feel like it is such a thankless, boring job and it is never-ending. The minute you finish the last load of laundry it always seems like there is something else that needs to be washed! With that being said I have come up with a laundry system that allows our family of 7 to always have clean, folded clothes where I am not drowning in laundry day after day!
Who knows? With these tips, you might Actually Learn to Love Laundry Day!
Have Designated Laundry Days
If you are like me, you hate doing laundry! I don’t want to always feel like I am tied to doing laundry, so with that being said I only do laundry twice a week: Monday and Thursday. Certainly, on these days I have huge piles to do, but I would rather do that than laundry every single day!
If you don’t want to only do laundry twice a week and want to do it once a day then create a schedule that works for you! Maybe do darks on Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday do whites. Thursday do towels. Make a schedule that works for you, if you don’t want to do it twice a week.
Stock Up on Laundry Supplies
Have you ever started to do laundry only to realize you are out of laundry soap or stain remover? My family loves All free and clear because it is the only things that don’t make my kids super sensitive skin breakout. We always have several containers of laundry soap and stain remover on hand so we never run out! If you have tough stubborn stains Try Zote! It even cleans those stubborn white baseball pants!
Sort Laundry Before you Start
Looking at my laundry room with everyone’s baskets is daunting. Once all the dirty clothes come down into the laundry room it is time to sort! I sort the clothes into darks, whites, towels, fleece items, and then things that don’t go in the dryer. I do a separate load for things that don’t go in the dryer to save time with each load by not having to sift through and look for those items…Don’t you hate when you forget to pull out your favorite shirt and now it’s shrunk?
Keep the Laundry Moving
On laundry day keep it moving. I start it as soon as I wake up and I do it all day. When the dryer beeps I fold it (more on that later). Then I move the washer to the dryer and start the next load.
One trick I usually do is this, ready for it?
I usually do a load of clothes, then a load of towels. Then I do a load of clothes, then a load of blankets. Why? Because it helps with the folding! We will get there I swear!
Enlist the Kids
After the clothes are sorted it is easy to have the kids help! The older kids can move the laundry to the dryer as well as start a new load. You can also teach them to fold and hang up the clothes. Our two-year-old is even a pro with helping move the things from the washer to the dryer.
Learn to Love to Fold
Okay, the worst part of laundry is seriously the folding! Who in the right mind loves to fold? Okay, my mom does! So I LOVE when she comes to visit! But here are some folding tricks!
Fold 1 Load at a Time
I know this might sound silly, but before you put a new load in the dryer, fold the one that just came out. It is easy to look at one basket and think, “Hey, I got this! I can fold it in no time!” Rather than staring at 5 loads of washed and dried clothes and thinking, “Holy cow… I am never going to get this done!” Remember, how I switch off from towels to clothes, then to sheets. I do this because it allows the really big loads that have lots of folding be broken up with a quick towel load or sheet load!
My boys both wear the same size in some things and I struggle to know whose is whose. So I heard something years ago that has helped so much. Have each child be a dot (with a sharpie). The oldest child is 1 dot, the second child is two and so on… When you buy their clothes add the number of dots to their clothes. That way when you are folding it you can quickly identify who’s clothes are whose. When they grow out of it and it is handed down to the next child add another dot! Easy peasy!
Hang Up Clothes as Soon as They are Dry
You know those “wrinkle free” shirts our husbands wear? Well, they are only wrinkle free if they don’t sit in the basket for a few days. 🙂 Always have several hangers available for when you are taking clothes out of the dryer. This way you can hang them up right away and take the hassle out of having to iron later!
If you do forget to do this, you can always throw it back in with a wet load and it will unwrinkle… I might have had to do this a time or two before.
I know this sounds funny, but make it something fun. Turn on some music and sing along, or dance! Catch up on your favorite TV show while you fold. Do something to make the task not so daunting.
Put it Away
The most exhilarating part of laundry day is seeing the huge piles of folded clothes, I am not even kidding! I love to call the kids down from whatever they are doing and see them whisk off with folded piles for their drawers. I also love the joy I feel as I am hanging up the last bit of it. Putting it away brings total joy knowing that the job is done, until the next laundry day!
So tell me, do you like laundry day? What is your favorite part or least favorite part? What tips would you add to this list?
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