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Guess what day it is?! It’s Laundry Day! I know you are probably thinking – every day is laundry day in my house! And, if you’re like me, it probably isn’t very high on your list of favorite things to do either. These four laundry tips will make it easier – and maybe more fun, too!
All too often I hear stories from women with husbands and children who leave their clothing on the floor with the expectation that the wife is going to pick it up, place it in the laundry basket, and then wash it. The rule in our family is that everyone is responsible for putting their dirty clothing in the laundry basket. If it is on the floor, it does not get washed.
In our upstairs bathroom, we have a basket where we place our dirty clothing at the end of the day. We all do this; even The Boy. By having your children pick up after themselves, you’re teaching them responsibility and setting them up to live on their own one day.
Sort the Laundry
In our family, I sort by whites, lights, darks, towels and jeans, and sheets. That is easily 5 to 6 loads per week for our family of three. If you have space, presort the laundry ahead of time. Our laundry room is located on the main floor of our home away from the bedrooms, so I asked The Texan to build a laundry sorter which holds three baskets. We put our towels and sheets in two of the baskets, reserving the third for laundry day organizing. You may want to use a laundry sorter and organize by lights, darks, and towels.
Pair Your Socks
How do socks go missing? Is there really a dryer monster that is eating them? I don’t know the answer to either of the questions, but I do know that you can stop the cycle. When you’re sorting the laundry, pair the socks. Do NOT put socks into the washer without their mate. If only one sock is there, put it back in the dirty laundry. Eventually, the mate will turn up. Save yourself the headache.
Use a Detergent Pac
While it doesn’t seem like it takes a long time to measure and pour your laundry detergent, over time, those seconds add up to minutes; and minutes to hours. That’s time that you could be spending with your kids. Keeping busy mom’s in mind, each Tide Pod or Gain Fling will clean a single load of laundry. Just pop one in and go! Tide Pods and Gain Flings dissolve quickly in both top-load and front-load washing machines. No more pouring, no more spilling.
What are your favorite laundry tips that save you time?