Do you have laundry strewn over the back of the couch? Not sure if the clothes that are still in the laundry basket are clean or dirty? Can’t seem to catch up, EVER? If any of these apply to you, it sounds like a laundry routine is in order.
Technically, laundry is one of those chores that does not ever end. We are always going to have to do it, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an overwhelming task. Here are a few ways you can simplify your laundry routine.
Attach laundry to another daily routine such as breakfast or dinner. I do one load a day. I start a load every morning before breakfast. Then by the time the kids are done eating and getting ready for school, it is time to put the clothes in the dryer. When I come back from taking my son to school, it is time to fold the clothes. One chore out of the way before 7:30 am! Of course the larger the family, the more loads you may have to do!
Hang up shirts immediately after being dried to prevent wrinkles. Even the smallest of laundry rooms can have an area for hanging using a collapsible wall mounted clothes storage system. This is one of my favorite products and I use one in my own laundry room.
Get individual baskets for the kids and label them with their name. When their basket is full, it is time for the kids to put the clothes away! Teach your children now so you don’t get stuck doing it forever. I put away the clothes if they are under 3 but even at that age they can take the hanging items to their closet. Let go of perfection when they are young just as you would with cleaning, but fine-tune their skills later on.
Do the laundry in the laundry room. No matter the size, set up a system right there to tackle the laundry. It goes by much faster. If you take the clothes elsewhere to fold you are more likely to get distracted and leave them there to tend to something else.
Implementing a few of these tips will get your laundry routine off to a great start.
Do you currently have a laundry routine that works for you?