Doing the laundry is definitely a chore and most of us would rather do something else on a Saturday morning. Lack of a laundry routine and a disorganized laundry space makes laundry day even more miserable. Making a few adjustments in your routine and in your laundry room can make the process a little more bearable.
1. Organize with zones
Having an organized space for laundry makes the entire process more manageable and will make it easier for the entire family to help out.
- • Clean out the junk by removing anything from this room that does not have to do with the laundry.
- • Arrange items on shelves and cabinets by category: detergents, softeners, stain removers, bleach, etc.
- • Label shelves, cabinets, and containers to make it easier for all family members to find supplies
- • If space allows, place laundry baskets in this space for sorting laundry
- • Create zones in your laundry room to make it easy to find what you need and to keep the room organized.
Laundry Room Zone Ideas
• Area for detergents, stain removers, and other supplies
• Rack for drying clothes
• Small basket for collecting items found in pockets, loose buttons, or missing socks
• Ironing area
• Laundry hampers for dirty clothes
• Laundry basket for transporting clean clothes
• A basket or bag for clothes that need dry cleaning
2. Get the family involved
Even small children can learn to sort laundry. Teach your family to take laundry to the hamper or to sort clothes into laundry hampers. They can also help with emptying the dryer and folding clothes. Older kids can be taught to sort and wash their own clothes. Doing the laundry is definitely a skill we all have to master at some point or another.
3. Create a laundry schedule
Do the laundry on one or two days. For example, clothes on one day and linens on another. If you need to wash more than once a week, usually washing midweek and then again on the weekend works well. For some, doing one or two loads per day works better. This is something you will have to try on your household and then choose what works best.
4. Make it easy to put dirty laundry away
Place a hamper in each bedroom and in the bathroom or laundry room. If you don’t have enough space, place all hampers in one space and then label them according to type of load: whites, light colors, dark colors, and towels/linens.
If you are finding clothes on the floor next to the hamper instead of in the hamper, remove the lid. For kids, place a basketball hoop over the hamper to make putting dirty laundry away more exciting.
5. Develop a routine for dirty laundry
Teach family members to sort and put their own dirty laundry in hampers. When the hamper is full that’s the signal to wash a load or simply follow a weekly schedule. Again, there is no one right way and it’s important to do what works best for your household.
6. Develop a routine for clean laundry
Create a space to hang clothes that must be air dried or laid flat to dry. Put all other clothes in the dryer immediately. There is nothing worse than having to wash the same load twice because it sat in the washing machine for two days. When clothes are dry, sort and give to each family member to fold or place on hangers in the closet.