Quick guide to the fastest way to do the laundry.
Q. Help! How do I keep on top of all the washing in my house?
This is a question I get asked by a number of my clients. In this post, we will discuss some ways to keep laundry basket empty every day!
Its ability to triple in size in the blink of an eye.
The empty basket of laundry you smile at smugly, only to find that 30 seconds later your spouse has picked up his all his dirty clothes from the side of the bed and filled it up again.
We all have our way of doing our laundry; some people do it once a week, some people do it by colour, some do it daily.
I’ve tried them all the methods in the search for the fastest way to do laundry, some were awful, and some worked well. Here for what it’s worth is how I do it!
- My first job was to train everyone in my house to put their clothes in the washing basket. Sounds simple? Not so! It turns out that even a man of 41 years old would prefer to drop them on the floor, then repeatedly pick them up and place them on the bed, then move them to the floor again at bedtime, than walk an extra foot to the washing basket! He also enjoys volleying his underpants to wherever they land. The children were easier to train and apart from the odd random sock or underpants in the lounge, they soon mastered this skill.
- If I get behind on the laundry which I often do due to our busy schedule, I catch up by washing the loads by a person, so when it comes to folding and putting away it all goes in one person’s wardrobe
Whenever possible, I wash, dry and put away all on the same day and I try not to start a load unless I know I can complete that cycle.
- I also try to wash everything we have worn that day, so the basket is mostly empty
- When the kids have been swimming, or we are going somewhere muddy, I make sure the washing machine is empty before we go, so wet towels or muddy sports kits can go straight in the wash.
- I try to prioritise work shirts, school uniforms and sportswear above everything else, so they’re always good to go.
I try to iron at least every other day when possible.
How to separate clothes for laundry.
Washing white clothes.
It’s essential when washing whites to make sure you separate them out from everything else. To keep white clothes very white make sure you don’t wash them with any other colour even beige! If you have clothes that are white with different coloured trim, I would suggest hand washing those items on their own. If you do mix whites with any other colours, you’ll soon find that your whites start to become grubby and dirt looking rather than crisp and white.
Washing coloured clothes.
I always separate my coloured clothes before washing;
- reds and light browns
- all lighter blues and lighter greys
- beige and cream
although it’s not as important to separate colours, it will keep your clothes looking fresher for longer if you group them together as much as you can .
How to make laundry day easy.
If you’d like to know how to simplify laundry day even further, you could try washing by person, I’ve written a simple guide on how to include this into my laundry routine, you can see how I did it here, The Laundry Hack, An Easy Laundry Guide , It’s a great way to make laundry easy !
What is the best time to do laundry?
There are a few things to consider when choosing a time to do laundry.
- The weather, if you like to line dry your washing check the weather forecast and plan to wash on the clear days
- The time of day, some electricity providers give you cheaper electricity at night to encourage people to use less electricity during the day . If you put some laundry in the washing machine before you go to bed and either delay the start or use a timer so it finishes just before you get out of bed in the morning, you can hang it straight out and you’ve saved money !
- how busy you are, on the days you’re not going to be in , make those the days you do the least washing to avoid clothes going mouldy for days !
- how many loads you have to wash , don’t start your first load of laundry at midday if you’ve got six loads to get through , start you first load while you’re asleep!
- The priority of items being washed , prioritise uniforms , work shirts and sports kits before casual clothes as these are worn and needed regularly. Prioritise getting them washed dried folded and put away as soon as they hit the washing basket to avoid the chaos of last minute ironing !
My lovely Mum has 28 pairs of knickers/underpants for each member of the family and does a “knicker” wash once a month, I’m still trying to get my head around that method!
Anything to add? Let us know in the comments !
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