These 7 tips will help any busy family make laundry easier. Get organized with these tips to create a working system that works for your family!
When it comes to laundry, we all know that it’s one of our least favorite chores! Whether you have young kids or older ones, it seems like the pile never ends. Whew. While we will never be able to avoid the laundry pile, there are a few tips & tricks to making the chore a bit easier for you to manage each week.
7 Sure Fire Ways to Make Laundry Easier
1. Create a Plan
Using a laundry planner (you can find a free one in my printable library), determine when you want to do laundry. Certainly, we can’t avoid it, but if you make a plan you are way more apt to stick to it AND keep it from being overwhelming.
Write down when you want to do your darks, lights, or little one’s clothes. Don’t forget to include loads for towels, sheets, and blankets. Do you need to have 2 loads a week dedicated to towels or just once? Consider how often you want to rotate washing your sheets.
2. Be Willing to Work in Small Batches All Week
Rather than waiting for the weekend to do all your laundry, consider planning your laundry for one load every other day throughout the week. And then 2 loads on Sunday.
Not only will you avoid overwhelming yourself, but you’ll also have time to enjoy your weekend! There is nothing more boring than folding laundry on Sunday when you could be out enjoying the afternoon.
Since Jordan & I regularly exercise throughout the week, I try to do one darks load every other day. In that load I toss in all our gym clothes (including the towels & wet/dry bags). I’d rather have them clean & not-so-stinky than waiting around for the weekend’s towel wash.
3. Designate Drop-Off Spots Throughout the House
When it comes to sorting laundry, avoid wasting your time by running around the house looking for dirty clothes. Designate hampers, baskets, or even drop-off spots that visually tell you something needs washed. While each of our little one’s have a hamper, I always know that a dish towel on the steps means it needs to go straight to the laundry room.
You don’t need to get fancy, simply find a working system where you know that if something is on the floor— it should all be in a consistent spot!
4. Mesh Bags Are Another Set of Hands
I don’t love the name “lingerie bag.” However I do love the functionality of those little mesh bags! Whether I’m washing someone’s shoe inserts, the shoes themselves, or little items that need to folded together for this mom’s sake, I like to keep them together throughout the entire laundry cycle.
While I know that I’m supposed to hand wash bathing suits, I will guiltily admit that I set the bathing suits in a mesh bag, wash them and hang them up to dry afterwards. If they weren’t in the bag, I would’ve completely forgotten about them and they would’ve gone through the dryer!
Who wants to dig for matches in a pile of laundry?
5. Organize Your Loads for Consistent Timing
When it comes to planning a day of laundry, there is nothing more frustrating than having a load that finishes up in the washer but the load in the dryer still has 40 minutes to go.
Plan your first load of the day as the one that will dry the quickest. Unless you need the blankets for bedtime sooner, make your blankets or towels the last load of the day.
For the kids, we’ve learned that we have to separate their laundry from ours. Their clothes dry quicker than ours and often fools our dryer into thinking the entire load is finished— when it’s really not. Now, I just plan to their clothes first since they do dry relatively quickly compared to our jeans & sweaters.
Not only do blankets & towels not wrinkle if you miss folding them, but you’ll be able to move your loads through far quicker when you aren’t waiting around for the dryer.
6. Use Your Delay Button
If you avoid doing laundry during the week because you don’t want wet laundry lying around, use your delay button. Consider delaying the start of your load until 45 minutes to an hour before you arrive home. I don’t like to run the washer mid-day because I am notorious for completely forgetting there was a load running… and it sits wet all night….
At least if the washer is in its final spin minutes when I walk in the door, it will remind me to change it over to the dryer!
Not only does this save you an hour worth of washing & waiting time, you’ll be able to do #7 quickly.
7. Fold & Put Away as Soon as Possible
Gahhhhh folding…. [that is me cringing with a necessary, but not-so-fun task]
While I do not love folding, I strongly dislike seeing piles of laundry more. If you can manage to do just one load of laundry a day, spend the 10 minutes post dryer and quickly fold them. Not only will that pile never look overwhelming, it’s so much easier to do small chunks rather than a full Sunday’s worth at once.
How do I keep myself in check with folding everything as it comes out of the dryer?
Don’t forget to download the free laundry planner in my printable library!
We only have one laundry basket. We are weird. And we know it.
If you can, sneak all but one laundry basket into your basement or closet. For 2-3 weeks, use the one basket method to keep all the clean clothes you have contained to one area.
Finding time to do laundry will always be a well orchestrated game of sneaking in loads in-between other errands. However, you will more in control once you create an organized system for ways to make laundry easier– not harder!