These painless laundry tips are going to change how you look at this chore. You know you have a laundry mountain … we all do.
It’s that little pile on the bathroom floor, and the few things on the floor of the kids’ bedroom, plus those two piles behind the chair in your bedroom.
Put them together in the laundry room and what have you got?
I learned a while ago that, to feel good about myself at the end of the day, I needed to define what “good” meant to me.
For instance, what does being a good mom mean to me? And, what does being a good wife mean to me?
Of course, I also had to define what being a good homemaker meant to me. My first definition was “I pay the maid and personal chef on time”.
But, no matter what I do to the budget, I can’t quite find the money to hire two full-time employees (I’m not a Kardashian!)
So, back to square one.
What does being a good homemaker mean to me?
Basically, it means keeping up on the dishes and the laundry. If I can keep those two piles from getting out of control, I feel like a good homemaker.
So, as with everything, I put together a plan that I can take action on consistently. Here’s what I came up with:
Hampers. Hampers Everywhere.
Seriously. If there is a hamper in each bathroom and each bedroom and maybe even one in the hallway – there is no reason for laundry to be on the floor.
Even my 3-year old can pick up all of the shirts and put them in the nearest hamper. Plus, it’s way easier if you have all of the laundry in hamper because you don’t have to bend over and scoop a pile of damp and dirty clothes off of the bathroom floor. You just grab the hamper and dump it into the washing machine.
Even better, you tell your older kiddos to do it. Or, if it’s your birthday, your husband might do it. If your laundry baskets are broken or cracked – replace them. You need the right tools for the job.
These eco-friendly hampers are beautiful and kind to the environment.
It’s A DAILY Practice
Sorry toots. But, you have to do at least one load of laundry per day. That means wash > dry > fold > and PUT AWAY at least one load of laundry a day.
Yes, there are days where you can “cheat” and make that one load be towels. But, if you don’t do at least one load a day of laundry per day, things will get out of control quick.
Obviously, the more people in your family, the more laundry you have. And, the more loads you do in a day, the more you are going to stay ahead.
The idea here is to practice each day. I don’t know many times I have put a load of laundry in while I’m making lunches for the kids in the morning and then totally forgot about it until I’m laying in bed that night trying to purge my brain of all the things.
When I just commit to doing one load of laundry … it’s so much easier to schedule and follow-up on.
Use A Timer
Just like a use a timer when I sit my kids in timeout – I use a timer when I put a load of laundry in the washing machine.
I work full-time from home and I homeschool. There are about 900 things that I get done in the time it takes the washing machine to wash that one load of laundry.
And, each one of those tasks draws my attention away from the fact that there is laundry washing. So, I make sure to set a timer so that I remember to do whatever the next step is in the laundry process.
I completely admit that sometimes, I have to add a note to the timer that tells me what the timer is for! But, instead of talking down to myself about having a terrible memory or being so disorganized, I just embrace my flaws and use tools like timers, notes and planners to stay on track.
Purge Yo’ Crap!
Seriously. If my 12-year old put those tights from 3rd grade in the laundry one more time, I was going to scream!
But, honestly, it’s was as much my fault as it was hers. Why were those tights even in her room in the first place!? Because I hadn’t gone through dressers and closets in years to get rid of stuff that didn’t fit them anymore.
Getting rid of the piles of clothes that no one fits into anymore made a HUGE difference in how much dirty laundry there was. It’s not like we went full minimalist but, we did get rid of stuff that was just taking up space in the dressers and closets.
It really doesn’t matter how far back in the corner that shirt or paid or shorts is tucked – the kids will find it and (instead of putting it where it goes) they put it in the hamper to be washed.
Buy With The Laundry Chore In Mind
When I was a kid and my mom would take my two sisters and I shopping for new school clothes, there were two simple criteria that each item had to meet; that it was on sale and that is was a cotton blend.
My mom was not about to let us buy anything rayon, silk, or any other material that required handwashing. Nor was she going to buy something that required machine wash cold on delicate, which would mean a special load for just those items.
If it wasn’t a wash and wear kind of deal then we didn’t even take the item off of the rack!
I have definitely passed that little (annoying) rule on to my kids. My boys don’t really care. They’re 3 and 5 years old. They just want bottoms that are easy to get their weenie out of so that going to the bathroom doesn’t keep them from their game for too long.
But, my 12-year old daughter definite hates this rule. Sorry toots. But, if it means that I have to do any extra work to get it washed > dried > folded … I’m not buying it.
So, that’s it.
Those are my tips for making a crappy chore like laundry a little more manageable. Tell me what works for you!