As much as I mention laundry in my posts, you would think that I love it. The truth of the matter is, I hate it. I actually had to stop myself from using an expletive in this post.
Laundry is a never-ending task. Because unless you plan on washing while naked, you will always have a load waiting at the bottom of your clothes hamper. The only time I revisit my childhood dream of having magic powers is when I am staring down a pile of dirty clothes.
I won’t ever be able to snap my fingers and make dirt disappear, so I’ve figured out a laundry routine for our family. The below tips are not magical, but they make the chore much more bearable.
Wash every day. A family of four fills hampers at an exponential rate. If I wait until Saturday, laundry consumes the entire weekend, making me hate it all the more. It’s much more manageable to do a load or two a day.
Focus on one person at a time. I wash everyone’s clothes separately. I started this practice when it was just Hubby and I. His guy smell (which I love, by the way) was working its way into my clothes (which I did NOT love). By the time the kids came along, I discovered added benefits. There are fewer missing items when the loads aren’t mixed, and it’s easier to put clothes away.
Treat stains as you go. I keep stain remover in the bathrooms and at the changing table. There’s a much better chance to get the stain out at that moment than a week later. And, if you’re like me, you’ve forgotten all about it by the time you toss the item into the washer.
Pin mates. A friend shared this tip with me after I complained about Lil Ma’s missing socks. At least if they’re pinned together, you’ll have a matched set when they turn up again.
Zip and snap. A load of unzipped hoodies and unsnapped bodysuits flapping in the dryer sound like the house is falling down. The load is quieter when everything is closed. Plus, it reduces the chances of a busted zipper or stretched out shirt.
Fold right away. I still struggle with this one, but you get fewer wrinkles if everything is smoothed and folded while still warm from the dryer. I hate ironing nearly as much as I hate washing, so I really should be better about it.
This system works pretty well in my house, but there’s always room for improvement. Oh! I almost forgot. Keep your toddler out of your freshly folded clothes, especially when her fingers are covered in strawberry jam.
What do you do to make laundry time easier?