Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 1

If there’s one tedious task that we all have in common it’s probably laundry. Regardless of how much laundry you grapple with each week chances are you’d love to get it done faster and with a little less effort.  So, I thought I’d share a few helpful tips and simple strategies that make managing laundry for my family of seven a little easier.  As I mentioned on Monday, my little one is not a big fan of my laptop these days so these I’ve decided to break up my laundry tips into a series of mini posts.  Since they’re easier to write I should be able to whip out one or two each day.  Let me know what you think.

Laundry Tackling Tip 1: Set a Schedule and Stick to It

Lots of Moms subscribe to the ‘do a load of laundry every day’ method but not me.  If fact, my project-minded personality finds this idea kind of depressing.  I like to be able to look at the empty baskets on laundry day and relish in the thought that I don’t have touch them for another week.  That being said, I also have seven people’s clothes, sheets, and towels to launder so doing it all on one day is out (my 12 year-old Kenmore dryer just can’t take that kind of stress).

At our house I tackle different laundry on different days and keep track of it on my iPhone calendar and Mom Game Plan chart.  On Monday I wash and fold parent laundry, Tuesday and Saturday I do kid laundry, and every other Wednesday I do linens.  Each of these groups of laundry has it’s own basket around the house so I don’t have to pre-sort anything – I just grab the basket and head to the laundry room. By keeping things separate during the washing phase I’m able to streamline the sorting/folding phase later which saves me tons of time over the course of the week.

Want to read another great solution for simpler sorting?  Check out this great post from OrgJunkie.  I thought it was brilliant!  Just thought I’d pass it on.

Here are the links to the rest of the series…

Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 2: Get the Right Equipment

Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 3: Incentivize to Minimize

Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 4: Hang Out Outside the Closet

Tackling Laundry Mini-Tip 5: What You Give is What You Get


4 Comments

  1. Ahh thanks girl! I’m all over anything that makes laundry a little easier that is for sure :)

  2. Hey Maria~ I’ve done different things for laundry, but one thing I like to do is let the kids have their own days and they fold it. I don’t fold laundry, my kids do. Anyway I have two girls ages 9 and 5 and two boys ages 7 and 5 (and I also have a 2 yr. old boy) Anyway I do something similar but the girls have a day and the boys have a day. My two oldest can start the washer and dyer, and with a little help from me they have it done. I love teaching my kids responsiblity. :)

  3. I forgot to say.. GREAT POST! I always love seeing what other people do!

  4. Ooh, I love that idea, Tomena. I’ve been a little nervous to let my kids do the laundry because my Mom had us do our own and I remember how badly I did it. My kids sort and put away but they haven’t gone near the washing machine yet. Maybe your different day system would work for us. Thanks for sharing it.

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