How to Stay on Top of Your Laundry

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Laundry is my least favorite chore. I think of the sign that says “laundry: the never-ending cycle”. The sad part is, more often than not, our clean clothes spend more time on the couch than we do. Does your laundry routine sound like this? 

Chores can sometimes be overwhelming, especially after a long tiring day at work. I get it-I am not always in the mood to put away my laundry after I get off work nor on my days off from work. Add kids, soccer practice, date nights, friends/family gatherings, and whatever else to the mix…who has time for laundry?!

Here are some easy habits to implement to stay on top of laundry: 

  1. Buy a laundry basket that has separate areas for darks/lights/colors

I bought a laundry basket with three separate sections. This has helped me save time as the laundry is pre-sorted and ready to be washed. My darks, lights, and colors are separated so I can focus on those loads individually. Also, some categories may be filled sooner than others-for example my darks may fill up faster than my colors, so I can recognize immediately which load category to start on first. 

  1. Make it a game, or at least more enjoyable

Remember in Disney’s Mary Poppins (with Julie Andrews) where she sings about the kid's chores as a game? Laundry can be dreaded if it is always a bore. Some ways to get through the laundry are to do it with your spouse, or a friend, or throw on your favorite show. My friend Vanessa and I will occasionally facetime each other while we are doing our laundry to help the time go by fast, as well as the laundry being folded too. 

  1. Create a schedule 

We all know the adage “failing to plan is planning to fail.” If you randomly do your laundry (like I often used to do) there were times when I ran out of clean underwear and had to throw some bathing suit bottoms on in the interim. I have a reminder I set on my phone to run a load of laundry every three days, so essentially twice a week (not that cumbersome) I am washing, drying, and folding laundry. 

  1. Make your life easier - separate loads 

Just as I separate my darks from lights and colors, I also separate laundry based on whose it is. This way you aren’t sorting through your clothes, your kid's clothes, and your husband’s clothes. This is another time saver as some laundry is small (socks, baby clothes, etc) and it can cause more time sifting through whose laundry is whose. 

I hope these tips helped! Here’s to spending more time with loved ones and less time on chores. 


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