Most areas of homemaking have been a struggle for me to learn. Laundry seems to be one thing I have been able to keep under control. In fact, I get all of my household laundry done in just one day. I do realize that this is something that many people struggle with, so that is why mini habit 4 is designing a simple laundry system.
In case you’re wondering, I do not sit around my house all day doing laundry. In fact, this past laundry day, I took my boys to their karate class, made a trip to the playground and even had my quiet time. I was still able to get it all done.
My system is nothing fancy or complicated. In fact, you may be surprised with how simple it is. I hope that it helps you put together a system that works for you.
Do Less Laundry
First and foremost, I try to do as little laundry as possible. Think about it, most items of clothing can be worn several times before they need to be washed. It’s also not good for your clothes to wash them too much. You can usually wear pajamas two or three times before they are dirty. Between the five of us, it probably saves me at least a few loads. Towels are another item that can be used multiple times. Just make sure you dry it out really well.
Do people actually still do this? I certainly do not. We don’t even own an iron or ironing board. I have never had a problem with wrinkles. I don’t let my clothes sit in the dryer for long so wrinkles never set in.
Keep Your Clothes and Your Kids Clothes Together
I wash my clothes with my kids clothes. There is no good reason for me to split it up. I use a really gently and safe detergent so I don’t have to worry about any skin irritations.
Save The Longest Load For Last
I do my laundry in the following order: Darks, lights, hubby’s work clothes, towels & sheets. My clothes and the kids clothes take the shortest amount of time. My husband’s work clothes are heavy and usually filthy. They take a while to get thoroughly cleaned and dried. And towels and sheets take the longest. I usually have to take the sheets out and turn them around a few times before they are completely dry. Doing it this way allows me to get more done earlier in the day. As a bonus, I can do other things while the longer loads are being done.
Make It Continuous
As soon as a load is done in the washer, move it right into the dryer and immediately put a new load in the washer. When the dryer is done, pull the clothes out right away and move the clothes that are in the washer into the dryer. When that’s done, put another load in the washer and then start folding and putting away the laundry that just came out. I keep this system going until everything is done.
Everyone Puts Away Their Own Clothes
This one is a huge time saver. I taught my boys very early how to put their clothes away. They don’t do it perfectly, but the time I save by having them do it is worth it. The only person who does not put their own clothes away is my daughter. She is still a bit too young, but she will be learning soon.
This system has allowed me to do all of my household laundry in just one day. I have heard many influential homemakers say that you should do one load of laundry every day, but I find it much easier to do it all at once.
I would love to hear if this month’s mini habits have been helpful in getting your home in order. What other habits have helped you maintain your home?
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