Use a simple system to conquer your mountains of laundry.
Raise your hand if you love to wash, dry, fold and put away laundry.....me either. It’s not one of my favorite chores, but I want to share with you how I keep my mountains of laundry under control. It's all about having a simple, organized laundry system. Simple is the key-word.
Every day is laundry day.
Yep. Every single day. Wash, dry, fold and put away one complete load of laundry. Only one small load. I always suggest limiting yourself to only one load of laundry daily so that it doesn’t become a tedious, overwhelming chore. You don't need to spend hours doing laundry (yuck).
Making laundry a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth helps create a habit that makes your life simpler. You won’t be drowning in mountains of laundry at the end of each week!
Bigger is NOT better.
There is a misconception that more laundry baskets, industrial-sized washing machines and larger closets/dressers are the key to making tackling laundry. Nope. It actually makes it more overwhelming. When you have too many laundry bins to throw dirty clothes into you will never empty them. There will be an endless supply of dirty laundry bins for you to deal with. I suggest having no more than one laundry basket per person. And make sure it's not a huge basket.
Having humongous washing machines so that you can do ALL the laundry at one time doesn't work either. It's turns into a scary, daunting task that you try to avoid. I've seen it, first hand, many times. My clients with super-sized washing machines seem to end up with huge mountains of laundry they are expected to tackle all at once. No wonder they hate laundry and try to avoid it.
Use a shirt folding board.
I didn't always do this because I can fold a shirt pretty well without using those "fancy boards." However, I changed my mind when I was helping a client fold her mountain of laundry and she broke out the folding boards! Using these fabulous little inventions make the job easier and everything was uniform and beautiful. Now, I never fold t-shirts without using one. Love them!
If you don't know what I'm talking about click on the the photo below and try it out! You can thank me later.
Share the load.
Make sure your children and spouse help with the laundry. If you dirty it, you can help clean it. Also, if a child is old enough to work a smartphone they are old enough to work a washing machine and dryer. However, if your children are still too small to operate a washing machine and dryer, they can always work alongside you while you fold and put away clothes. When children fold, it won't be perfect, and that’s OK. Kids can be very helpful. Let them practice folding and give them a high-five for effort!
Lighten the load.
Get outside help if you have to! One of my smart clients takes her laundry to a Wash, Dry and Fold Service. I thought this was brilliant, so I did the same. Every other week, I would use a laundry service. Doing so, in addition to doing one complete load of laundry myself, allowed me get my mounds of laundry completely under control. At the time, getting outside help allowed me to reach my goal: No more mountains of dirty clothes!
Now that I have a system in place and all the laundry is under control I no longer need the extra help. It's easy-breezy.
Have someone else pick up the load.
Use a pick-up/drop-off laundry service if that's available in your area. More dry cleaners are filling this need. If you are too busy to make a trip to the cleaners or if it’s out of your way, schedule a pick up!
Start living with less! Go through your closet and get rid of anything you aren't wearing. Make it a ritual. Try not to over-shop and buy clothes that you don't need. Shop your closet first! If you do buy something new make follow the one-in/one-out rule. Get rid of something else you aren't wearing. Remember: the more clothes you bring into your home the more laundry you are going to have to do.
As you fold your clothes, toss old clothes to the side for donation. These can be clothes that no longer fit or clothes you no longer love. You can even keep a donation box in your laundry room or closet so it becomes a habit to let go of old clothes.
Laundry does NOT have to be an overwhelming, tedious chore. Don’t overthink it. Just do one small load every day, and don’t forget to ask for help. Now, go conquer mountains!
Here's a little gift from me to you in honor of Laundry Day. Did I mention every day is laundry day? Click HERE to print up a laundry cheatsheet. Hang in your laundry room, and do a little bit every day. (Maybe take Sundays off).
The laundry room is one of the smallest areas in the home, and many of us use it as a catchall-room to store lots of stuff: extra bags, cleaning supplies, batteries, lightbulbs, spare tools, brooms, mops and ironing boards. This is in addition to the actual laundry, washing machine and dryer. As a result, you can end up with a jumbled mess of a room. Time to get that laundry room organized!