As a homemaker for the past 24 years, I’ve found some shortcuts and helps along the way. Laundry seems to be a big problem for many. I actually like doing laundry, but understand that this is not the case for all. I’d like to share my laundry tips with you today.
15 Tips for Tackling Mt. Washmore!
1. Wash, dry, fold, and put away 1 load per day- if your family is large, you may need to do 2 loads per day.
2. Fold clothes directly out of the dryer- rather than tossing the laundry into a basket, go ahead and fold them right away.
3. Treat stains when removing clothes- I keep a stain stick near the laundry basket in our room to treat any stains I see when removing clothes.
4. Teach your children to do laundry- Yes, this will take time now, but the results will be well worth it!
5. Iron one day per week- I tend to iron all of my husband’s work shirts one evening per week while watching a movie with my family.
6. Make homemade detergent- There’s something about making it myself that makes me want to do laundry. I’m saving money and can scent my detergent to any scent I desire.
7. Stop separating clothes- The first few times I wash a new colored item, I wash it separately. After that, I do not separate whites from darks.
8. Have a flat surface near dryer- This goes along with #2. With that flat surface, you can fold those clothes, stack them into neat piles, and be ready to complete this task all at once. (My flat surface is a chest freezer!)
9. Each person gets their own laundry basket (not hamper)- I don’t use hampers because you can’t stack folded laundry into them. Each person has their own basket, making it easy to keep their laundry together. This way, you’re not going from room to room delivering laundry. It all goes to one room.
10. Pare down on clothing- We have too many items of clothing! Less clothing means less to keep up with!
11. Hang up clothes directly from dryer (even to-be-ironed clothes)- This goes right along with folding right out of the dryer. The clothes that I have to be ironed is hung up until I have my ironing day. I don’t button the shirt on the hanger, letting me know it’s one of those to be ironed.
12. Clean dryer screen and exhaust hose- This is not only a safety issue, it also causes your dryer to work more efficiently. This means that your clothes will be dry in less time.
13. Use clips for socks– By clipping socks together (especially for little people’s socks!), you will end the sock sorting game!
14. Wash each person’s clothing separately- This goes along with #9. By washing only one person’s clothing at a time, you won’t have to sort clothes coming out of the dryer. It all belongs to one person! (I wash my clothes with my husband’s, but the rest is washed individually.)
15. View laundry as a blessing- Yes, it’s a blessing. You have clothes to wash. You have a washer & dryer to take care of the clothes. You have a home to live in, along with a family that creates this laundry to be washed. Focus on your blessings!
How do you manage Mt. Washmore in your home?? I’d love to hear your tips too!
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