For the longest time every time I asked my husband “what are we doing tonight?” he replied with the same answer “doing laundry”. Gross, what an awful response, how could a house of two always have laundry to do? Well let me tell you, between the bathroom floor, our bedroom, closet, and entryway any random stranger would take a look around and think we were a home of ten (on a good day). Something needed to change, I wanted to ask my husband the same question “what are we doing tonight?” and hear something other than “doing laundry”. It was time to come up with a plan that allowed us to illuminate the daily laundry grind. Below are my 5 helpful tips to lighten your laundry load (pun intended).
1. Pre-sort laundry using labeled hampers
This sounds obvious, but trust me it is way to easy to scoop up all the dirty clothes on the bedroom floor and put them all in the same load of laundry. Then you have the nightmare of sorting through the clean clothes finding which belongs to you and which belongs to someone else. This gets even worse when you are trying to find that one top you like that matches your outfit perfectly but it is at the bottom of a hamper filled with your husbands work clothes, towels, and random socks.
I suggest using a rolling hamper rack. At our house we labeled the hampers “whites”, “Michelle”, and “Tyler”. Having the hampers labeled keeps our clothes sorted, and the rolling rack makes it easy to roll the hamper from our bedroom, closet and bathroom with ease.
2. Have a lost sock hamper
If your house is anything like ours we have more lost socks than pairs. This is such a pain, we found ourselves buying more socks to replace the lost socks just to end up losing those socks as well.
To solve this problem, or at least help the matter we have a hamper just for lost socks. Anytime we have a sock with no match we check the lost sock hamper for its match and if there is none we add that sock to the lost sock hamper.
3. Store ironing board in your closet instead of the laundry room so that its right there next time you have to iron your clothes
For the longest time anytime I needed to iron a piece of clothing, I was to lazy to pull the ironing board out of the laundry room so would end up finding something else to wear that didn’t need to be ironed, what a waste of wrinkled clothes. It finally hit me, why not move my ironing board into my closet. Now I don’t have to run to the laundry room when my shirt is wrinkled, I can stay put to conveniently iron and go.
4. Don’t throw clothes on the floor, bed, or dresser
This was probably my biggest problem. Anytime id try something on, change, or get ready for bed I would throw my clean and dirty clothes either on the floor and on my dresser. Eventually my dresser was covered with so much clothes I could no longer see the mirror behind it. Not only did this create a huge eye sore, I ended up having to do more laundry than necessary because I would forget what clothes on my floor and dresser were clean and what was dirty.
I suggest spending the extra minute to hang back up the clean clothes you choose not to wear and utilize the pre-sort hamper rack for any dirty clothes.
5. Make laundry night fun
When the time comes to do laundry make it fun. I suggest putting clean sheets on the bed, putting a good movie on, and folding laundry in bed. Make laundry a team effort. Someone can fold and someone can hang.