Laundry. It’s a never-ending chore, isn’t it? Especially in larger-than-average households, it seems that dirty clothes can pile up in the blink of an eye.
In an effort to save time and my sanity, I’ve found a few ways to streamline the laundry process in our home:
Eliminate laundry sorting. I know . . . it’s just not proper. But really, since my kids live in jeans (denim skirts for the girls) and pullover shirts, sorting laundry isn’t absolutely essential. Only “dress-up” clothes, such as white shirts or light-colored dresses, really need to be separated. Training the kiddos to put these special items directly in a designated basket eliminates the need for sorting later.
Keep a laundry basket or hamper in each bedroom. When a hamper gets full, it’s simple to wash that load of laundry and return the clean clothes to the same room–no sorting required.
Teach older children to do their own laundry. I can’t tell you how much easier it is when the older ones are responsible for their own laundry–my older kids do a great job of making sure that their clothing is washed and ready to wear. (No more frustration when that favorite pair of jeans isn’t washed on time!)
Train younger children to help with their own laundry. Younger children can easily fold and put away their own laundry. If you have several little ones close in size, labeling clothing will make it easier for them to find their own clothes.
How do you spend less time doing laundry? I’d love to hear your ideas!