How To Catch Up When You Are Overwhelmed By Laundry
It can be really hard to stay on top of the piles of laundry our family create. It can soon have you overwhelmed by laundry and desperate for a solution. in this post, I share with you some quick tips to speed through the laundry mountain and get into a kids laundry routine.
The laundry pile can triple in size in the blink of an eye, and an empty basket only seems to last a few minutes when you have a busy household.
We all have our own way of tackling the piles of laundry;
- Once a week,
- Once a day
- Several loads per day
- By colour
- By person
I’ve tried a lot of methods and have managed to get into a great routine which keeps me on top of the laundry mountain.
- I insist everyone in my house to puts their clothes straight into the washing basket.
- Whenever possible, I wash, dry and put away all on the same day and I try not to start washing a load of laundry unless I know I can complete that cycle.
- I try to wash everything we have all 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 to be washed.
- I try to prioritise work shirts, school uniforms and sportswear above everything else, so they’re always ready for my children and spouse every morning.
- I try to iron at least every other day whenever possible to avoid emergency ironing and to stay organised
The routines above, enable you to know where most items of clothing are at any time, this is critical when you have several people asking you where their favourite item of clothing or sports kit is!
How to separate clothes for washing
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 dirty looking rather than crisp and white.
Washing coloured clothes.
This is an example of how I 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.
What to do when you’re overwhelmed by laundry
If I find I’ve fallen behind on the laundry, which I often do due to our busy schedule, I catch up by washing each load by person, so when it comes to folding and putting it all away, it all goes in one person’s wardrobe
- Wash every single day without fail
- Then dry fold put away without fail
- Iron it if you can!
When I first decided to start washing by person I put a small wicker laundry basket in my kid’s rooms and asked them to drop their dirty washing in there.
My 6yr old loved using his basket, but, my 10yr old preferred to drop her laundry on her floor, however, with perseverance and nagging, she got into the habit of popping it into the basket, and realised that if it was not in the basket, it didn’t get washed! To learn how to teach your kids to help with the chores here.
It took me quite a while to remember to check in the kid’s rooms for laundry rather than in one central laundry basket but eventually, it just became a habit.
- Take one person’s basket downstairs and wash their load only.
- Wash one white load and one coloured load if necessary.
- If there isn’t enough washing, add a towel to the load, but you will probably find there will be piles of laundry to wash!
- Dry it, fold it, and put it away immediately.
- Iron if possible.
The benefit of doing a kids laundry routine every day.
- There is no sorting to do.
- The basket you have washed and dried gets put away into one person’s room unless it needs ironing.
- Iron upstairs and put it away straight away, this helps stop laundry hanging around downstairs waiting to be folded and put away.
- Ironing immediately avoids a massive ironing mountain and guarantees that the kids have school uniforms and sports kits always on hand, it also ensures there is never any emergency ironing.
- I wash my spouses and my clothes together as they are going to be put away in the same room.
What is the best time of the day to do laundry?
There are a few things to consider when choosing a time of the day to do laundry.
- Consider the weather, if you like to line dry your washing, check the weather forecast and plan to wash on the clear days especially if you are at work.
- 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 a load of laundry in the washing machine before you go to bed and delay the start or use a timer. It will finish just before you get out of bed in the morning allowing you to hang it out before you go to work and save money!
- Consider how busy you are, on the days you’re not going to be in, do very little washing to avoid laundry going mouldy in the washer for days!
- Think about 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 your first load while you’re asleep!
- Consider the priority of items being washed, prioritise uniforms, work shirts and sports kits before casual clothes, as these are worn and needed more 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!
- Consider creating a capsule wardrobe for your kids, read how here, it can really help when you feel overwhelmed by laundry as it brings some order to the chaos.
- If you fancy creating a capsule wardrobe for yourself read how here it can make getting dressed much easier and help reduce the pile of laundry.
Let us know your laundry hacks in the comments!
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