|My laundry room - conveniently located, but not very big - hence the need for space-saving solutions that make use of the room's height, like expanding/flip-down clothes drying racks and a holder for the central vac.|
Build a Better Laundry Routine
I don’t know where I would be without my good friend the washing machine. In terms of convenience, my washer probably ranks higher on my list than any other home appliance. Conveniently located right on the first floor of my home, this handy appliance gets a lot of action. With towels, sheets, sports uniforms and dance clothes to wash in addition to regular everyday clothing, I do about six to eight loads of laundry in any given week. That's not going to change any time soon, however I think I can make my routine more efficient with these ideas.
- Purge unnecessary clothing. If you have a disorganized individual in the house (maybe, ahem, it’s a 9-year-old girl), weed their wardrobe down to make the wearing of three outfits a day less tempting. Certain wardrobe essentials, such as jeans and pajamas, can be worn for more than one day before washing. But if this particular individual has a giant stack of pajamas and hand-me-down jeans from her cousin, she is just as likely to toss on a new set of pjs every night. I have washed entire loads that appear to be all pajamas. No more!
- Do a load of wash each day. I know we are all working our butts off doing laundry on the weekend when energy costs are lower but, come on, it’s the weekend people! If you throw a load in each day (and dry it and put it away too!), you won’t feel like you’re doing laundry duty at the prison every weekend.
- Do a separate load for each person. Putting the clothes away is even worse than washing them, right? If you wash each person’s clothes separately and put them in individually coloured laundry baskets (my daughter’s is pink, for example), you won’t have to spend time sorting.
- Establish a laundry day for each person in the house. And write in on a calendar. Take a moment to think about the right day for each person. For example, if my son has basketball on Monday and soccer on Tuesday, I’ll make sure his laundry day is after Tuesday, but before Monday, so his uniforms are washed and ready when needed.
- If you have older kids (and/or a cooperative partner) maybe each person’s laundry day can be their actual laundry day, where they in fact wash their own clothes. That’s something I want to work on with my 12-year-old. Spreading the jobs around is my new goal this year!
No doubt us modern peeps are lucky in the grand scheme of things, using modern appliances in the home. (My mom can tell you horror stories about relatives and neighbours getting crucial parts caught in those wringer washing machines!) But we are also super busy, probably over-scheduled and certainly more obsessed with cleanliness. Hence our constant quest for more organization and efficiency.
How do you handle your laundry routine? Any tips?