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Raise your hand if you hate washing laundry. (Me!) Ok, well maybe hate is too strong a word. After all, don’t you at least love the smell of clean laundry? Don’t you enjoy how good it feels to have drawers and closets full of clean, folded clothes? I do! But the truth is, the struggle to get it that way is REAL. Let’s face it, there is room for improvement in controlling the laundry monster!
In this blog post, I want to share with you 6 ways to keep your laundry under control and reduce the stress it causes. These tricks will help you enjoy the simple pleasure of clean laundry more quickly and easily. At my house, towels and sheets are not the monsters; it’s the clothing of six family members. So that is what we’ll focus on. Let’s dive into the battle!
HOW TO CONTROL YOUR LAUNDRY MONSTER
1. Have your children wash their own clothes.
This is the very best secret to a lightened laundry burden for you as a mom. I discovered this secret years ago when my children were in elementary school. One of the moms in our local homeschool group had an only child, a daughter, around fifth grade age. She told me her daughter washed her own clothes.
At that moment, a light bulb went on in my head.
I mean, my children were already helping to fold clothes each day, but I just never thought about them doing their own. If you haven’t tried this one, start training your children to do it immediately.
2. Don’t sort your clothing laundry.
Yes, you read that right. Years ago, when my 4 children were young and life became incredibly busy, I abandoned the notion of what I had always been taught about sorting the clothes. Out of desperation to actually get the clothes washed, I began to dump piles of laundry into the washer in cold water without worrying about what was in there.
And you know what?
More than 10 years later I’m still doing it that way without a problem. The only exception is brand new red or bright colored clothing. I try to avoid buying red clothing, but I am actually able to wash my husband’s older red t-shirts and his khaki pants with no fading.
By the way, on rare occasions when I DO sort my husband’s laundry, I have found that separating his clothing by category helps me to whiz through folding. The categories are t-shirts, socks/underwear/pajamas, clothing for work (which includes casual button-down shirts and khakis), and then whatever is left over.
3. Buy all socks from the same brand.
At least for the male members of your family. (Hey, we girls like cute socks in all colors, right?) That way, all of their socks will match. And who has time to waste looking for matching socks, right?
4. Wash one load of laundry every morning.
If your children wash their own clothes, that will likely leave you with yours, perhaps your husband’s, and then extra stuff such as towels and sheets (daughters are wonderful helpers here!). I suggest starting one load every morning (or almost every morning) so that it never piles up. Get your load in early, before any of your children start theirs.
This is a simpler way to keep the laundry under control if you do not like having an all-day laundry day.
5. Set a timer when you start or transfer a load.
If you add a load to the washer in the morning, you are likely to get busy and forget about it. A timer takes care of this problem so you can finish the job sooner.
6. Fold and put away each load as soon as it is finished drying.
Why let laundry linger all day long? If it lingers in the washer or dryer, it will also linger in the back of your mind.
And you already have enough on your mind.
Get that load put away and cross it off your list! I promise you will enjoy the feeling of accomplishment and having one less thing to worry about.
Since laundry is a reality of life that is not going away anytime soon, you may as well make the process as easy as possible. Teach your children to wash their own laundry, skip the sorting, buy socks from the same brand, wash one load per day, set a timer, fold and put away, and then check it off your list.
I hope these tips will help you easily keep your laundry under control.
And may your laundry monster forever be tamed! 🙂
YOUR TURN: What gets in the way of your laundry? What ways have you found to keep your laundry under control? Please share in the comments so we can try your tips too!
God’s blessings to you,