For many of us laundry seems like a never ending chore, especially if you have a busy family with extracurricular activities such as sports practice and games. So who wouldn’t love saving time from this ongoing task? Although it will always need to be done at least weekly, there are ways you can help make it less time consuming. The following will give you some suggestions for reducing the amount of time you have to spend in the laundry room.
Organize Your Laundry Room
Getting your laundry done will become a whole lot easier if your laundry room is organized so your cleaning supplies are where you can easily reach for them and everything is in its proper place. This will help you to spend less time searching for dryer sheets, fabric softener and stain sticks, and save you time overall with getting your laundry done.
Sort Your Laundry
In addition to organizing the laundry room itself, you need to organize how you handle different types of clothing, towels and sheets. By using separate hampers or baskets to organize dirty clothing by type such as darks, lights and delicates, you will save time right off the bat from sorting them later if they’re dumped into one big pile. You might even want to establish a bin for more urgently needed items to be washed first. Also, by hanging up mesh bags for delicates and other special items you will save time from weeding them out from piles of cleaned laundry. These organizational tips can go a long way towards reducing your time in the laundry room.
Don’t Let Laundry Pile Up
Dirty clothes can easily become overwhelming if you let them pile up. You can prevent this from happening by establishing a routine where you do a wash on a daily basis. Some suggestions include designating a day of the week for certain types of laundry. Maybe wash darks on a couple days a week such as on Mondays and Wednesdays and do lighter clothing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays you could wash other specific items like exercise and sports gear, school uniforms or dance attire. Saturdays and Sundays could then be for washing towels and sheets. However, these are only suggestions and you will want to establish a schedule that works well for you and your family. Once you get used to a certain schedule, you should no longer be overwhelmed with piles of laundry needing to be done.
Get Rid of Excess Clothes
It makes sense that the less clothing you have, the less time you will have to spend washing. So, to make doing laundry less taxing, think about reviewing what’s in your closet and donating any clothing that no longer fits or you haven’t used in quite some time. It’s a good idea to do this more often for your children’s clothing as they quickly outgrow things.
Don't Skip Sorting and Folding
Once you’ve washed and dried clothing it should be sorted and folded as soon as possible for a couple reasons. First, you don’t want to have piles of clean unfolded laundry taking up space on your couch or in baskets. After awhile you may even forget if they’re clean or not. Fold, sort and hang up clothing immediately after it comes out from your dryer so you're done with it. This will also help prevent wrinkled clothing and less ironing. Take this to another level by organizing your closet so that items have a designated spot. And, organizing by color will make it even easier to more quickly locate items.
Make it a Multi-tasking Event
Another good idea is to combine your laundry routine with multitasking. Since laundry is in the washer and dryer for a good amount of time, it’s an opportunity to get some other chores done as well. Use the time to empty or load the dishwasher, clean your kitchen countertops, or dust your furniture while the laundry is getting done. By combining household tasks within the same time period you will make the most of laundry time and feel more accomplished. Another alternative is to do something fun while the clothes are getting washed or dried like listening to your favorite music or reading. You can use the folding time to watch some of your favorite TV shows.
Doing laundry will never be exciting, but by following some of these tips and suggestions you will get the job done in a more timely manner and make it less tedious.
However, if you have such a busy life that you feel you have no time to get organized, you might want to contact us, you local Albany house cleaning company to take over some house cleaning tasks. You will still have your laundry to deal with, but you will save time from other chores and gain some peace of mind.