Oh, the dreaded laundry!!! Having a family of 6, there are A LOT of clothes in this household! Luckily I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years that make the task less daunting.
Tip 1: Hear me out on this one! My first reaction was no way, but then I tried it and loved it!…are you ready, Don’t fold your kids’ clothes. GASP! I know, I know! BUT they will be unfolded anyway as your child rummages through their drawer to find the shirt they have to wear that day. This single tip has saved me a lot of frustration and allows tip 2 to be easier too. I fold my clothes and my husband’s clothes, but not the kids clothes. Each child has their own dresser and each drawer is assigned a type of clothing. Top drawer houses socks, underwear and belts, all separated by little baskets. For a while I just used shoe boxes to separate it, it’s cheap and gets the job done. 2nd drawer holds pjs, 3rd shirts, 4th pants. Easy peasy!
Tip 2: Get EVERYONE involved. Everyone has a job. My kids bring their own clothes down, sort it and then will put it away. Not folding and having a drawer assigned to each article of clothing allows even my 3 year old to do it mostly on his own!
Tip 3: Have a system. We recently bought a house. Our previous residence was a townhouse we were renting that just had a closet in the downstairs hallway that housed the washer and dryer. Our system there was a little different than in our new house. At the townhouse each child had their own laundry basket (I like these because they are compact but hold quite a bit). On laundry day everyone brought their basket down, we sorted into massive piles in the family room, then ran the washer and dryer ALL day long sorting the clean clothes straight out of the washing into the child’s basket. Once all laundry was washed and sorted they put it away. It was an all day long marathon of laundry. I’m working on getting my system set up in my new home differently. I’ll post more about this Monday.
Tip 4: Make a routine. There are several ways you can do laundry. I’ve tried them all. Try a few and find what works for you. You can do marathon laundry (all in one day as described above), one load a day, etc. Some weeks marathon laundry day is the only way the laundry is going to be done, but I hate doing it all at once because I hate having a massive pile of clothes that are all dirty and need to be washed. It overwhelms me, I get overwhelmed easily so I personally have to bite off a little at a time. I do laundry about every other day, once a sorted pile is large enough to fill the washer so I don’t feel like I’m wasting water or energy. I have a new washing machine that I absolutely love. It’s huge and fits so much clothes in one load. But the best part, it has a delayed start feature. Seriously, this feature is AMAZING! I like to put a load in at night before I go to bed and have the delayed timer start the wash about an hour before I wake up. When I get up in the morning I move it to the dryer and by the time I have the kids out the door for school I can come back sort clean straight from the dryer into laundry in baskets and the kids can put their clothes away when they get home from school.
Tip 5: Cut down on the amount of clothes you own. If you have less you have less to wash! Simple and straight forward. I’ll post about my wardrobe capsule Wednesday so watch for it!
Tip 6: Just do it! It has to be done. There’s no avoiding it so you might as well try to find as simple a method as you can, and one that works for you.