I'm addicted to buying cute, stylish little girls clothing.
There. I said it.
Okay, I've actually mentioned this before in a post, but the reason I'm bringing it up again now, is because with ALL of those adorable new threads, comes a whole different issue...
MORE LAUNDRY TO DO!
I'm not a Mom of boys, but I hear that keeping up on their laundry pile is just as hard, if not harder than a house full of little girls, because of how dirty and messy they tend to get when playing. So whether it's 5 outfit changes a day for a "picky princesses", grimy, stained duds from an active, curious little man or just the weekly sheet and towel washing responsibilities; we ALL dread doing the laundry at some point... am I right?
That being said, I thought I'd share a few tips and tricks that we use to help us alleviate some of our laundry doin' stresses around here.
While there may be that one person in the house that takes care of most of the laundry duties, having everyone pitch in during the week to help make the job for that person easier, can make all the difference.
Designate a laundry hamper to each room: This makes collecting dirty clothes and linens a lot simpler. For a long time our kids were so small that I didn't have hampers in their rooms, and just walked their dirty clothes straight to our laundry room after changing them, but now that they're getting much bigger they dress and undress themselves, resulting in clothes everywhere!
Our solution of having large, inexpensive hampers tucked away into their closets helps to keep dirty clothes clutter off the ground, and creates an easier clothing roundup when it's time to do laundry.
Utilize your little people and teach them while they're young: Around our house Cason does all of the overseeing of laundry getting done, but delegates other jobs within his laundry routine to our kids. From as young as three years old he's taught our girls how to separate colors into darks and lights, change things from the washer to the dryer, lay delicate shirts over our portable clothing racks to dry and put their own clothes away after they're done being folded.
We feel that kids should help with as many tasks around the house as possible. Not because we're trying to be mean or strict, or even because Cason and I don't want to do all the work, but because it teaches our kids responsibility and HOW to do things for themselves so that they're not completely clueless when they grow up and have to do simple day-to-day duties like this on their own.
Having a well organized and designed space to do your laundry in definitely helps make the job of washing, drying and folding a lot less miserable. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to do a job and then realizing halfway through that you don't have all the tools or equipment you need. Believe me, we know; and that's why we're sketching up some plans with a local cabinet builder to hopefully incorporate a lot more hidden, sensible storage into our little laundry room someday soon.
If you don't have the time or budget right now to add additional storage, then think of trying some simple things like large decorative jars with labels on them to keep your laundry products organized, or dollar store baskets to house dryer sheets and clothespins.
Even if it's a single shelf or really small space, having a functional area where everything you need is at your fingertips will help things move a lot quicker when laundry time comes.
Wash often - Instead of picking one day a week where you're tethered to your laundry room doing mountains of laundry all day, do a few small loads a week to keep up on things. Throw in a load of whites before you head out to the grocery store or fold a finished load of laundry during your nightly TV watching routine.
Set reminders - We figured out that a lot of the reason laundry always seemed like it took us so long to do, was because we'd sometimes forget about it and then come back a day or so later just to discover that the damp clothes in the washer started smelling sour and then had to be RE-washed! If you are just hanging out at home doing laundry, set a little timer on your phone in between washing and drying loads, so that you don't forget to change over or remove things from the machines.
Quickly unwrinkle clothing - If you DO happen to forget about the clothes in your dryer and then unload your items only to realize you've got a wrinkly mess on your hands, then simply dampen a washcloth with some water, toss it in with the clothes you want unwrinkled, set your dryer to hot and tumble everything back around for about 10-15 minutes.
Add Lavender oil to your linens rinse cycle - Before your sheets and other bed linens are completely finished washing, add a few drops of lavender oil to the load, to give them an extra fresh smelling sent that also promotes a better nights sleep. This is one of my favorite little tricks!
Tackling the never-ending chore of washing our clothes over and over again will forever haunt us, but adopting a few new, easy tips and tricks to help you move through the mundane task of doing laundry, may help to make doing it a little more effortless and less demanding.
What are YOUR favorite laundry tips? We'd LOVE to hear about them!
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