In previous years when making resolutions I would vow this year to get laundry under control. Over the years of adding 3 kids to our brood I have finally found how I best keep laundry under control. I thought I would share my method since I love to peek into other mothers world’s to see how others “get it all done”.
Tip #1 – Have a Main Laundry Day
Personally I start on Monday since all my kids are in school that particular day. I start with my and my husbands clothes and sort them into 3 piles – whites, colors/shirts and colors/pants. This way my shirts that may be more delicate aren’t tumbling around with Matt’s heavy jeans. I start our clothes and try to get as many loads through the day complete as possible.
I hang to dry most of my clothes. I like to put all my clothes into the dryer for 5 mins to get the wrinkles out and then pull them out to hang to dry the rest of the way. This way I avoid ironing. Now, I am a super distracted person running from task to task so I MUST SET THE TIMER ON MY PHONE!!! When my timer goes off I know to run up and pull the clothes out of the dryer.
I loved reading the blog A Slob Comes Clean and if you want to read about her Laundry Day click here.
Tip # 2 – Have the right tools
I was using a small sink in my upstairs guest bathroom to soak one shirt at a time if there were stains. This caused a back up in laundry. Usually several of my boys shirts need to soak overnight in Oxyclean before being washed. I needed to purchase a small tub to be able to soak several shirts at one time. No, I do not have a sink in my laundry room. 🙁 So sad but I use this bucket and it works for me. I like the low sides so I can easily fill it in my sink and keep it on the counter when I have something soaking.
Tip #3 – Don’t sort the kids clothes
Yes, throw all the colors in together in one load! Unless it is a brand new red cotton shirt they will all be just fine. I wash them all on cold. I do one load of my boys clothes and one load of my daughters clothes. Trust me, I am particular about my laundry. I don’t like anyone else to do it since I hang dry most of my clothes and some of my daughters too.
Don’t you love reading how others do daily tasks? I know I do.