Feeling overwhelmed by your ever-growing laundry pile? You’re not alone. Many busy people often find themselves wondering how to keep up with laundry.
But imagine if it became a smooth, almost automatic part of your daily life? That’s not wishful thinking. Settle in, and I’ll explain how it’s done.
Sort as You Go
Sorting a mountain of dirty clothes is a boring and unpleasant task. It’s also an unnecessary one.
No, I don’t mean throwing everything in the washer willy nilly: sorting is an important step. But you’ll save a lot of time if you sort in real-time.
Stash a divided hamper in each bedroom and another in the laundry room for kitchen stuff. Then teach everyone to sort their clothes by color and type as they change.
This way, when it’s time to wash, you can simply grab a bin and go—no more sifting through a mountain of mixed laundry.
Prompt Stain Handling
The faster you treat a stain the easier it is to remove. That’s why I attach stain sticks to the sorting hampers in each bedroom, so we can all deal with the day’s messes as we’re disrobing.
For those unexpected moments when you’re on the go, remember that hand sanitizer isn’t just for clean hands—dab it on fresh stains and watch that grease or ink disappear.
Life-Changing Laundry Tips
Now, I know you’ve probably read a bunch of laundry hacks promising to blow your mind. I don’t work that way. What I have are some tested tips that make laundry faster and easier to do.
Give them a try and let me know in the comments if they work as well for you as they do for me.
- Set a timer: You tuned out your washer’s buzzer years years ago. Set one on your phone. It’s always within reach, anyway.
- Shake everything: Take thing out of the washer one at a time and give each a shake. This prevents wrinkles and helps things dry faster.
- Pull out all the things you hang. Drape them over the dryer door to stop them from wrinkling. When you’ve got them all, hang them up.
- Sort as you fold: Separate everybody’s clothes into piles as you fold them.
- Put away each load as it’s done. If you wait until you’re done with all the day’s laundry, your pile will get get knocked over—or forgotten.
Establishing a Laundry Schedule
Now, for the big question: how do you keep up with laundry in a busy household? One way is by washing a room’s linens the day you clean it, and washing clothes on the other days.
If you’re following my 5 Things Weekly Routine, it looks like this:
- Monday: Kitchen towels and mats.
- Tuesday: Bathroom towels and mat.
- Wednesday: Bedding.
- Thursday: Clothing.
- Friday: Clothing.
- Saturday: Clothing (if there’s any left to wash).
When your wash is pre-sorted and stains are pre-treated, it takes a literal minute to dump a hamper into the machine and start a load.
My Laundry Routine
\When my kids were young, I built laundry into my daily whole house tidying routine. Literally: it’s typed on that checklist.
By tying laundry to other things in my schedule, it became an automatic part of my day and has been for as long as I can remember.
- Before bed: I load the washing machine and set the delay start for 9 hours.
- In the morning: Switch the wash from washer to dryer while I’m tidying up.
- Folding time: By the time I’m done tidying, the laundry’s ready to fold and put away.
Make it a Family Thing
When my kids were young, I thought part of a housewife routine meant doing everything for everyone. It was stressful on all of us.
Then I made helping with laundry part of the kids’ chores. They felt more empowered, and I felt far less overworked.
So try getting your kids involved, too. If they don’t fold the towels exactly your way, that’s okay. The goal is to work as a team to help your entire household keep up with the laundry.