So, last Friday I bitched about how much I hate doing the washing and even made a video about how laundry “Sh*ts me to tears” (language warning).
Today, a week later I’ve come up with a solution:
I am going to actually follow this advice which I have largely made up, picked up from fellow bloggers and of course Google. I’ll share the results in photos with you next Wednesday ;)
Rule #1: Reduce the amount to wash
- It’s time to do a clothing cull. I started this a couple of weeks ago with the kids clothes. Because seriously, how many clothes do kids really need?. The less stuff you have to wash, the less likely you will end up in a situation where you a) can’t see the laundry floor and b) have to tackle Mount Foldmore
- Go through everything – towels, linen, clothes and giveaway or take out of circulation stuff you don’t really need. If you are a family of 4 you probably don’t need 30 towels.
Rule #2: Sort it out!
- Put two hampers in each bedroom – darks and lights
- Hang up a kitchen linen bag in the kitchen for dirty tea towels, hand towels and cloths
- Don’t leave a hamper for clothes in the bathroom – everyone needs to take their clothes back to their room. If they’re still clean, put them away. If they are dirty, sort them into the clothes hampers. Only towels, facecloths and floor mats go in the bathroom hamper.
- Put three hampers/baskets/bags for lights, darks and linen in the laundry room to empty bedroom and bathroom hampers into.
Rule #3: Reduce double handling
- Sorting at the source solves the problem of standing in the laundry with clothes up to your armpits trying to sort them into washable piles.
- Hang as many of your clothes as you can on hangers – hang them to dry on the clothes line then put them straight into the closet. You can easily hang t-shirts and jumpers alongside shirts and dressers.
- When taking clothes off the line, sort them into baskets by bedroom. My grandmother would hang clothes belonging to each family member together on the clothesline, so when it came to taking it in, they were already sorted. Even easier is to only do the kids clothes in one load and your own in another – less sorting.
- Hate sorting socks? Hang them in their pairs and just fold them together when you take them off. (thanks again Kimba, although one I already do!)
- Folding clothes in the room and putting them straight away avoids those piles on the sofa and cuts out the extra step of collecting it all up, carrying them to the room and putting them away.
- If you don’t have time to fold and put away then at least the clothes are in the room they belong and you can dress yourself out of the basket (thanks for the tip Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes ;) No more rummaging though a pile of everyone’s jumbled unfolded washing trying to put an outfit together.
- If it’s a good drying day, get all the sheets off the bed, wash, dry and put straight back on – no folding! (Thanks Katrina from the Organised Housewife) If you do need to fold your sheets, here’s how to fold a fitted sheet like a pro. It’s addictive.
Rule #4: Get in a routine
- Do at least one load of washing every day – wash, dry, fold, put away
- If you have time, do a second load, but make it something easy like towels or kitchen linen which I find is faster and easier to hang out and fold.
- I would love it if I had a front loader that I could pre-program to come on in the morning so all I had to do is hang it out. Instead I just put it on as I go to bed, or when I get up.
- Empty bedroom and bathroom hampers regularly so you really know how much washing there is to do and you don’t run out of clean cloth
Rule #5: Try and make it fun
- From Seana (The Mum’s Diet) “listen to great podcasts when doing the washing, hanging, folding”
- Make the laundry pretty – the main image is my jar I use to hold my laundry powder (ecostore in case you were wondering). I found it at an op shop for $5 and it makes me smile
- Get the kids to help you. I quite like having the CrashKids hand the washing up to me when I’m hanging it out. It saves my back, but not any time ;) We have fun though.
So, like I said, I intend on transforming my laundry hell into a manageable (yet still relentless) task using these guidelines. I’ll be back with photos to prove it next week. Wish me luck!
Do you have any tips to add?