I’ve been a mom for over a decade and there is nothing that makes my housekeeping routine come undone faster than a mountain of laundry. Doing laundry is one of those inevitable aspects of being a parent that can make your life feel like you’re never going to catch up. If I let more than four days go by without doing a load of laundry, I’ll probably be buried under a pile of dirty t-shirts for a week or two.
So – over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks to help me get a grip on our laundry each week. Here are 3 tips for keeping laundry in check!
3 Tips for Keeping Laundry in Check
If you can streamline your laundry process, then do so immediately. I wash nearly all of our clothes in cold water. It’s cheaper and it’s generally gentler on our clothes.
Another way I simplify our laundry is to make my own washing detergent. It sounds complex, but it’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and I can use it with every article of clothing we own. When we used cloth diapers, I could even use it with them, which saved me from buying different kinds of detergent.
In our house, everyone shares a bedroom and a hamper. So we have three clothes hampers: one for clothes from our bedroom, one for the boys’ clothes, and one for the girls’ clothes. When it’s time to wash clothes, we simply retrieve each hamper and go from there.
Another way we keep our laundry organized is to have a separate laundry bag for my husband’s work clothes. (They seriously cannot be washed with anything else in the house.) Keeping them in their own bag reduces the separating I’d have to do otherwise.
Of all the tips I’ve learned, this one is by far the most important. Delegate laundry to the other members of your family. My husband washes his own work clothes. My boys (ages 6 and 7) wash their own clothes. And my oldest daughter (age 10) washes the laundry for herself and her baby sister.
The only laundry I personally do is the clothes from the hamper in the master bedroom. Plus, I take care of the ironing. If moms are not the only ones wearing clothes in the house, they shouldn’t be the only ones washing them. 😉
How do you keep a handle on laundry in your family? Let us know in the comments!