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Laundry is my thing! I love it. Don’t ask me why. I know some people hate it. I hate cleaning floors…and the stove. But laundry? I keep it up, because I have a system that works, and that is a major feat with 8 people in the household. I’m not going to lie, the older kids do their laundry now, but sometimes I miss it…
So, laundry? Why is it so time consuming and so difficult to follow through with? I have seen piles of clean laundry that only wind up in the dirty laundry again, on floors, in playpens, in hampers, etc. I think putting away the laundry is where most people give up. But it doesn’t have to be such an awful task. If you incorporate a little bit into your everyday routine, and get those kiddos to help out, it won’t seem like work at all. Here are my favorite laundry tips.
Start a load every morning
One of the first things I do in the morning, while I am waiting for my coffee to brew, is start a load of laundry. For most households, if you do one load a day, you will never be behind. This is not the case in mine, but we do get it done. Starting it is the easy part. My 4 year old loves to help with this part. She pours in the detergent, the fabric softener, and any other additives I put in (Unstopables, Color Safe Bleach, Washing Soda). Then she helps load the washing machine and presses the buttons to start button.
I hate scrubbing clothes. I hate having to pretreat them. So, I do this as soon as it goes in the dirty clothes. I try not spend a lot of time on this. There are a few things that I will try to save a garment like making a paste with baking soda, salt…I could go into all of the things that I do, but so many other bloggers have posts about that already. Like this one: How to Get Grease Stains (Even Set-In Ones) Out of Clothing
I use Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover Laundry Spray for most of the family, and Dreft Stain Remover for baby clothes. It works fantastic! There are also great homemade stain removers, if you have time to invest in making them. Or better yet, you can assign a teen to do it for you! I will be sharing homemade laundry detergents and stain removers in a future post!
In our household, the teens do their own laundry and have their own baskets in their room. However, the younger ones put their own clothes in the laundry room. I have taught them to put them in the appropriate basket, according to color, which makes my job a lot easier. We have lights, darks, brights, and baby clothes. How you want to sort your laundry is up to you. Occasionally I will do a whites only load, but with such a large family, I have learned that white isn’t a great color for us.
Put It Away Immediately
This is the hard part. No one likes to put away laundry. So don’t procrastinate. I have a tension rod in the laundry room that I hang everything that needs to be hanged. Then I fold any put away everything else. If it belongs to one of the children, they need to put it away themselves. Most children can fold and put away their own laundry.
If you do a load of laundry a day, from start to finish, it should never be behind. I have also learned not to keep a pile of clothes to “mend”. My mother did this, though she never fixed any of the clothes. If I’m not going to do it right away, I get rid of it. I generally give myself 24-48 hours to fix any piece of clothing. If I don’t do it by then, I know I never will and it is time to throw it away or donate it. There are so many projects that we let consume our house that never get done, but that is for another post too.
Good luck! Hope these tips helped. Have a helpful tip of your own? Comment below. If I add it, I will give you credit and a link to your blog, if you have one.