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With three girls, we seem to have a lot of wardrobe changes on a daily basis. It makes doing laundry quite interesting. I set out on a mission to tackle laundry the simplest + quickest ways possible.
This is how I do it:
Yes, you read that right. I do not sort laundry by color, whites, etc. The exception to this is anything that needs to be hand washed or goes into the gentle cycle (but I try to avoid buying clothes that fit these requirements).
I scoop up one big pile of laundry, shove it in the wash + start it.
When it’s done, it all goes into the dryer, gets folded or hung up + put away.
Put a basket or hamper in their room for each person. When the basket fills up, take that load to the washer. Then, dry it, fold it + put it away.
This can be a HUGE time saver because you don’t have to sort as you fold + put on hangers because the entire basket/load belongs to the same person.
Put Away As Is
I don’t turn things right side out. If it goes into the laundry inside out then it gets put away inside out.
I also don’t match socks up + then put them away. If there is a solo sock, it goes into the sock drawer. When I locate the pair, I match it in the drawer. Sometimes my girls just wear mismatched socks 🙂
I hear that’s in now anyway.
Enlist the Kids
My older two are at an age where they think it’s kind of fun to put away laundry. This phase probably won’t last long so I’m taking advantage of it while I can.
While I am folding their laundry, I hand them a small stack of one category (such as socks) + then tell them to put these in the sock drawer or whatever drawer it is.
Then they come back for another round.
Put Clothes Directly in the Washer
As everyone undresses, take the pile + put it directly in the washer. When the washer is full enough for a load, start it.
Wash, Dry + Put Away At The Same Time
This is probably the most challenging if you’re easily distracted by shiny object syndrome like I am (+ by this I mean all the fun stuff like changing diapers, making endless snacks + trying to fit in a shower for myself).
Put a load in the washer. When it’s done, move it to the dryer. When it’s done, put it away.
This helps to keep the laundry from piling up (either dirty or clean).
One or all of these tips can really take the load off of doing laundry. Pun intended.