Do you ever stop and wonder how much time you actually spend doing laundry? It’s something that we all have to face, and keep up with. Laundry can quickly pile up and become out of control if not dealt with on a regular basis. Letting the laundry pile up may seem like a good idea, but you’ll actually create quite a bit more work for yourself but letting the laundry pile grow and grow. If you have a family, it’s all the more reason to make sure that you keep up with the laundry through out the week. Getting caught at the last minute without the clean clothing that you need can truly be a headache. Check out these simple tips to help you save time in the laundry room.
One of the best ways to save time when dealing with the laundry is to give each family member their own laundry basket. You might think that 3 or more laundry baskets are a lot to keep up with, but it will make your life so much easier when searching for certain articles of clothing, or when you need to put laundry away. Give each person in your family their own basket, and tell them that it’s their responsibility to keep up with it. This is a great way to give young kids a taste of responsibility that they can actually handle at a young age. Grab colorful laundry baskets at Target, and save $10.00 off $50.00+. Assign each family member a laundry day, and stick to their clothes on that day. Wash, dry, and put them all away.
Update out of date appliances. If your washer and dryer are looking ragged, it’s time to think about replacing them. You may not want or need to replace both at the same time. You might be able to find a better deal on a single washer or dryer, rather than a set. Keeping your appliances updated will give you more options when it comes to the settings for cleaning and drying your clothing, and keeping everything looking new and fresh.
Keep a stock of laundry essentials. Nothing will slow down your laundry routine faster than running out of the items you need to keep the laundry room running. Keep household laundry items like laundry pods, dryer sheets, stain remover, etc. on hand at all times. Dryer balls can help you save on energy, too. Dryel stain remover pens are perfect for getting those tough stains out of clothing in a jiffy- without soaking or scrubbing. Stock up on those at HSN, and get $10.00 off a purchase of $20.00+.
Don’t forget about towels and linens. Give yourself one day each week to tackle washing and putting away towels. Large families can really rack up a pile of smelly towels in no time. Keeping up with them can be time-consuming, but again- you don’t want to let dirty towels pile up for too long. Throw a load in the wash first thing Saturday morning, and put them into the dryer on a higher heat setting as soon as they are clean. Have children who are old enough to help with chores fold and put the towels away. Same goes for bed linens. You’ll want to take the time to wash and change out the sheets on the beds in your home every one to two weeks, to keep them fresh. Stack clean flat, fitted sheets, and pillow cases together as sets, which can easily be grabbed and taken to another room to go onto a fresh bed.
No one wants to spend hous on end doing laundry. When you have the essentials you need, and can get everyone in the family on board with following a laundry schedule, and pitching in to keep up with it, it will make everyone’s lives much easier, and you’ll never see mountains of laundry again.