It’s Sunday which, for many of us, means laundry day. What day of the week do you like to tackle laundry? For me, I like to tackle it every day. Why? Because I don’t like to find myself drowning in laundry and dedicating a whole day of the week to get through it. I’m a firm believer that if you stay on top of the laundry every day, then you’ll be well on your way to tackling this task. Here’s how.
5 Tips for Tackling Laundry
1.) Create an Area
Have a specific area where you put your dirty laundry. We have a hamper in our laundry room (that’s where put all of my clothes, the household items, and my son’s laundry) and my husband has a hamper in the bathroom (that’s where he puts all of his clothes). Having dedicated areas in the house for dirty items helps keep everything contained and orderly. Try having multiple hampers so that one hamper is for whites and the other hamper is for darks. As items become dirty, immediately sort them so that you don’t have to waste time sorting when you do the laundry.
2.) Decide on Responsiblity
Determine who is responsible for the laundry in your house. In our house, my husband and I split the laundry responsibility. He takes care of the laundry in his hamper and I take care of the laundry in my hamper.
3.) Determine a Schedule
What is your laundry schedule? Are you going to wash at least one load a day or are you going to save the entire task for one day of the week? For us, we wash at least one load of laundry a day. With two adults, two dogs (tackling their fur is a whole other post), and a one and a half year old, we can accumulate a lot of laundry in just one day. If we let it pile up over a few days, the laundry can be come overwhelming. Instead, we wash at least one load a day to stay on top of the potential mountains of dirty items.
4.) Fold and Put Away
Even though I dread the moment the dryer buzzer goes off, I feel such a great sense of accomplishment when the clothes, towels, and sheets are put away and organized. Instead of allowing my clothes, towels, and sheets to pile up, I tackle this chore right away. As soon as they come out of the dryer, I bring them from the laundry room and onto the living room couch. Right then and there, I fold the items and place them into organized piles. From there, they go into their respective closets and either onto hangers or onto shelves (depending on the items). And that’s that … out of sight out of mind.
5.) Keep Appliances Clean
Your washer and dryer work hard to make sure they are providing the cleanest clothes, towels, bedding, etc. Show them a little love in return. You can either use baking soda, vinegar, or a store-bought cleaner to clean your washer. Be sure to wipe down the outside with warm, soapy water. As for your dryer, you can wipe down the inside and the lint trap with warm, soapy water. Here’s a great “how to” for cleaning a washer and dryer.
What’s your favorite laundry tip?
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