4 Ways to Streamline Laundry Cleaning

Doing laundry is like breathing air. Unless you’re going to wear your clothes once and then throw them away…IT MUST BE DONE.

However, it does not have to be a daunting task if we think smarter about the way we do laundry. The first suggestion I give to young moms is to start your children at a young age with sorting laundry. They can sort into baskets or sort clean socks and underwear. The patience you put into teaching this skill will pay off big time.

Here are some other tips that will make doing laundry much easier on you.

1. Have a separate sturdy basket for each laundry category. If you sort clothes by whites, colors, darks, dedicates, towels and linens, you should have a basket for each. Separate baskets make it easier to teach children how to help you with sorting laundry. Be sure to add a laminated picture or written label to each basket.

2. Reduce the amount of clothes your children wear. Consider just having seven outfits per child. Each child has seven outfits which are built on the mix and match premise. These outfits are mixed and matched and worn on a rotating basis. If they have seven outfits then you know that you have at least seven days before you need to wash clothes. The same can work with adult clothing and linen.

3. Keep empty hangers in the laundry room or wherever you fold your laundry. It makes no sense to fold something that you’ll only unfold to hang later. Just keep the hangers nearby and hang the items that should be hung as your sort through the clean clothes.

4. Wash everything in cold water. This way you don’t have to worry about clothes fading. You also don’t need to panic just because something white was washed with something from the colors basket. Plus it costs less to wash clothes in cold water.

I’d love for you to share how often you do laundry and for how many people? What other tips would you add to this list?

Comments

  1. Terresa Mountain says

    I sort by load type, usually the basket on top is the “catch all” since it’s only my husband and myself, with guests once in a while. The basket on top is where I tell them to throw their towels! Then, when I’m ready to wash, I set that basket on the washer, spread the others out and sort that one basket. If a basket is full enough, I toss one in the washer and stack the rest back up… if there’s more than one, they stay out til empty. A suggestion I would have for those with kids: give them a “basket or tote” their size (can get larger as they get older) and as you fold their clothes, put them in their tote and teach them how to put them away themselves! When they are young, you can put a picture of what’s in the drawer on the front of it to help them recognize where things go. As soon as the basket is emptied & clothes are put away, they return it to a designated spot in the laundry area! (Yes, I wash in cold water as well!) Would love hints on how to keep my bras from getting all tangled when they are washed (on gentle)… I even re-clasp them!

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  2. says

    I’ve learned to keep the hangers in the laundry area. It’s a good practice to hang clothes right away once they come out of the dryer. That way, you don’t have to iron as much because the clothes will still be warm.

    I used to do cold water when washing, but after I got married and learning from my mother-in-law (and my husband who learned from her), I have done warm water ever since. I did cold water because of economic reasons too, but the warm water I was told helps kill bacteria and is good for people with sensitive skin. I have always been okay with cold water. I’ll be thinking about switching sometime since you wrote about color fading!

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  3. says

    I love the tips! We already sort into baskets…except we do one basket per room. So, one for each kid, one for mom and dad, one for towels, etc. That way when you fold it, you just have to go to one room and put it away. Since we wash with cold we can get away with it!

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  4. ELISABETH says

    We don’t sort our laundry either. We only separate something if it needs to be washed on the delicate cycle. Here is my trick to not HATE laundry: I do it all at one time. Really. I wash EVERYTHING in the house for 1 full day of back to back washing/drying cycles. Folding it all at one time means I only have to put it away one time and then I am good for 2-3 weeks, until somebody runs outta underwear, lol. Plus to sweeten the deal, I make a big pot of boiled peanuts as my “treat” for doing my most hated chore. Keeps me motivated 🙂

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  5. says

    We don’t “sort” our clothes by color/type, since we wash everything (other than towels/linens) with cold water. We just keep the kids’ laundry separate from ours for ease of putting away. My biggest struggle is folding the laundry after it’s dry, so I’ve started my 3.5yo on folding and putting her own laundry away – she’s doing great with it!

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