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How I Make Laundry Simple in Our House

Updated on December 6, 2012

For the Love of Laundry

It is no secret that I love my new laundry room, but well before i put in all that hard work to make it pretty I still made laundry simple and easy in our house.

This is one of those articles that you read and you think why didn't I think of that.Maybe some of you have there are really just a few key things that help keep laundry running smoothly at my house.

I never sort laundry

Yes, you heard me it never need sorting because I don't let my family mix it. Gone are the days when the laundry shoot to the basement is the best thing ever. I personally hated the laundry shoot at my parents house, laundry when down the shoot and it never got clean or came back up. Any clothes I really liked I walked to the laundry with and put it directly into the washer. I think at one point during childhood my sister and I drew my mom a map to the laundry room because we weren't sure she knew it existed. My mom has some fabulous qualities but doing laundry is not one of them.

Maybe it is this reason that I now love getting it done and having my clothes clean. Each child has their own laundry hamper in their room and they know if the clothes don't make it into the hamper they don't get clean. Just ask my 4 yr old who had to wait another week to get his Batman shirt clean, he room no longer has any stray clothes laying on the floor.

The load goes in the washer, into the dryer, and directly back to the room it belongs in. No need to sort out or try to figure out which item belongs to whom. I do mix my husband and my clothing only because they go in the same hamper and it is really impossible to mix up my 5ft clothing with my hubby's 6ft clothing.

Everything goes in 1 load

Okay this only applies to the kids clothing. i don't bother sorting out the colors and it is very rare that I have a problem with anything bleeding as long as the new clothes get washed first. i do sort darks and lights with in my hubby's and my clothing but since we have to do multiple loads it doesn't really matter.

Try to get a load in a day

Try is the key word, I tried to be super organized at one point and everyone was assigned a day of the week that their laundry got done. that was way too much for me to try to stick too, so now I do more of a rotating cycle starting with the youngest and working it's way through the house. I work to keep everyone in socks and underwear in a timely manner.

Wet, Dirty, Peed on Clothing

The rule in our house is that anything that has spills, it wet, got peed on, etc goes directly into the bath tub. This is a sanity saver for me. I tried to have the kids put it in the washer but more than once they ended up in a freshly cleaned load. The kids got really good at putting their clothes in the hamper and my youngest who was still potty training starting hiding accident undies in the hamper where they sat until the laundry was going into the washer or I started to smell an odor. YUCK! So now they go into the bathtub. This way they are not molding somewhere and it won't be more than a day or so between bathes that I will find them and make sure they make it to the washer.

It Doesn't have to be a full Load

Okay I know we are all trying to save the earth but in the case of the sticky peed on clothing the earth will survive. I try to get a smaller load together and run these loads ASAP. There are always some kitchen towels, napkins, wash clothes, etc that can be thrown in with the clothes.


Laundry Time!

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Laundry Cheats!

SOCKS

I buy socks in bulk and all the same for my husband and I. We throw them in the drawer and grab two never having to match. Also, I buy the kids socks with their size on the bottom, this was the best invention ever.

Pajamas

Each kid has a drawer dedicated to pajamas and underwear, they don't get folded. In fact when I am putting the clothes away this drawer is open while I fold everything else and when I grab a pj piece or underwear I just throw it into the drawer.

Folding on the Bed

I fold the clothes on the bed next to the dresser so that no one can go to bed until the laundry is put away, whether I am doing it or the child (depending on their age). My husband has been known to steal back a laundry basket to throw everything back though, then it sits for days.

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I like the one load per person idea. However, if I only did one load a day, I'd get behind. I have to do 2 or 3 -- with 5 kids. But, I am beginning to have my eldest do her own.

      Voted up & useful.

      Warm regards~

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      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      Very true - I tend to do at least two a day, I used to be the type of person that spent all day doing laundry and hating it so times change the more kids we have. Thanks!

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      Hypnotherapy-Guru 5 years ago from Idaho

      Glad to know that I am not the only one who doesn't sort colors on the kids clothes. That really is a time saver!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      These are great time savings tips. Thanks for sharing. I have also liked the idea of using different colored hampers (a white hamper for the white clothes and a red hamper for the colors).

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      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      Great Point on the different colored hampers. I tried that once and never could get my hubby into sorting his dirty clothes into two different hampers so I gave up on it. It was one of those battles that wasn't worth the fight :)

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      Laura 4 years ago

      Of all the interesting blogs you've written, I was drawn to making laundry simple. I came out of the closet with my laundry issues a few years ago (which was a freeing experience) and I too was happy to see that many of us struggle with laundry. My children could probably relate to your mention of your mother and making her a map to the laundry room; as I have been known to throw in a load at 10:00 at night in order to ensure that we would all have clean socks and underwear the next day. I love your idea of a rotating system and only doing the laundry that is found in the laundry basket. And I have to say that I am quite impressed that your two little boys put their own laundry away; my teenagers are in for an awakening. Thanks for the useful tips! Cheers.

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