Laundry is one of those chores that never ends! As soon as the laundry basket is empty, something else gets thrown in there!
Spending a lot of time washing, folding, and putting away laundry is frustrating. . . there's so much more I'd rather be doing!
There's no getting around it; laundry is a part of life. But let's not give it more time than it deserves!
It is possible to spend less time doing laundry, here's how:
1. Get the kids to help
Sure, teaching kids to help takes extra time in the beginning, but the reward is worth it! My oldest takes care of all her own laundry now, from washing to folding, and putting away! It is amazing! The amount of hours I save is significant. Especially since she has entered the teens years and is into fashion (not much re-wearing of clothing going on there!).
If kids are too young to wash their own clothing, they can help sort, fold hand towels, or put things away. I played a silly laundry game with my kids when they were very young, and it helped!
2. Do a little laundry each day instead of once a week.
If you spend one entire day each week doing laundry, you may want to give the load (or two) a day method a try. Doing a load of laundry, from start to finish, doesn't take that much time. Start a load first thing in the morning, then fold and put away as soon as possible. You'll be surprised how little time this actually takes. I timed myself once and was amazed!
Of course, you can always save the folding until you are able to sit down and watch your favorite show. This makes it a bit less painful. But one problem with leaving it, is that it's way too easy to let it pile up . . . until you have a laundry mountain on your hands.
Often the just-do-it principle works well here.
3. Pre-sort laundry
If you have room for two hampers, one for light and one for darks, it will save you the time of sorting clothing right before each load. Just grab the hamper and go!
4. Use a laundry detergent that works!
All laundry detergents are not equal. Detergent that is not effective in removing dirt and stains creates more work. Having to rewash items, scrub out stains, and replace ruined clothing, takes time. Use a detergent that works well and you'll save more time than you may realize.
Some of my favorites include:
- Charlie's Laundry Soap and Charlie's Laundry Pre-Spray
- Biokleen – liquid laundry soap and laundry powder
What are your best time-saving laundry tips?