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Laundry is one of those things that we all have to do, yet we all hate to do, right? It seems like it is never ending, and always there. I like to think of it as a labor of love. We should be grateful we have little ones to dirty all those clothes, a washing machine with running water to help with the cleaning, and money to buy or make the soap needed to wash them.
However, despite all those good thoughts, it is a lot of work to manage the laundry for a busy household. I am going to share three tricks that I have learned that have helped make the laundry pile in our home more manageable.
- Do 2-3 loads each day– This helps keep the laundry “caught up”. I have set days that I wash our clothes. On Monday, I wash mine and my husbands, on Tuesdays the girls, Wednesday whites, Thursday towels and delicates and Friday is the boys clothes and sheets. I do make sure I have enough for a full load each time. I don’t separate the boys clothes (other than whites) and everyone’s whites and delicates get washed together.
- Teach the kids to help-Even your toddler can help put clothes away. One reason I wash the kids clothes on separate days is that they can help and be responsible for their laundry. My girls sort, wash, and put away their clothes every Tuesday. They also help wash, fold, and put away the towels. My boy helps me carry his hamper to the laundry room, and helps me put his clothes away, he is only three, but knows where things go. The same goes for teaching our kids to pick dirty clothes up off the floor. At a young age kids can learn to take their clothes off and put them in the hamper.
- Hang clothes back up if not dirty-When we come home from church on Sunday morning we hang our clothes up right away. Same goes for clothes that are only worn for an hour or two. This minimizes the amount of laundry that needs washed, and helps our clothes last longer.
And just for laughs I have to share this photo from Todd Wilson. How many of us have ever felt this way?
What tricks have you learned through the years that make laundry in your home more manageable?
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