I hate fudgin’ laundry. And I never use the word “hate,” but laundry is so deserving of its use here. Most days I have a laundry tower — one that is taller than me. Typically, it is staring me in the face and eye-ing me down. And do you know who usually wins the stare off? The laundry, unfortunately. My evil glances at it do nothing to make it smaller and it even seems that the more I stare at it, the higher the pile gets.
I’ve never enjoyed doing laundry. The only part I find enjoyable about it, is sticking the darn clothes in the washer door and closing it, so that I don’t have to look at the clothes anymore. So, what is a mother of three and a co-head of a family of five to do when she hates doing laundry, but there it remains to be done, nonetheless? She has to find a better method — an improved and more efficient way to defeat her nemesis.
In consulting other women’s opinions on this topic, I have pulled and compiled what I believe to be their best tips for defeating the laundry beast, since I sure as heck have not been capable of doing so.
Here we go:
— A RealSimple article, by Leslie Alderman, contends that you have to create a laundry schedule. This is imperative. This is exactly what I do not have. A laundry schedule can be tailored to your personal and work schedule, exactly how you need to be. This may be different for different women depending upon the makeup of their household and the family’s daily agenda. But, the point is that there needs to be a certain time allocated for laundry in your weekly to-do-list. Here is an example of a laundry schedule: Monday: Bed sheets / Tuesday: Dark clothes / Friday: Lights. Or, another suggestion includes tackling each family member’s clothes on a day of its own day. A third option is to do all the laundry on one day of the week, if you have the time at home to get it all done. You pick one day and that is laundry day and no other household chore gets tackled that day.
— Do some research and seek out some laundry “hacks” that can help make the process more efficient for you. Part of the problem, at least for me, is that the cycles take so long and I am typically always in and out of the house for drop-offs, pick-ups, and kids’ activities, etc. One tip from Lolli, on momitfoward, is to “throw a few tennis balls in with each dryer cycle, as they will cut the drying time by 25-50%, as well as “fluff” the clothes. How Does She? has an article on “25 Laundry Hacks to Make Your Life Easier” which includes the simple, yet genius idea of making clothes shaped drawer stickers to place on your children’s drawers, so that they know where their clothes go and can put them away on their own — saving you some time and energy.
— COIT, a cleaning and restoration company offered up its own laundry tips and they affirm that you do not color separate. Color separating can take up so much time, so instead, when you have items that are not delicate and don’t require bleach or are prone to bleeding, wash them together in cold water. Whether or not this is the best tip, this is absolutely what I have been doing practically my whole life…I don’t think I’ve ever color separated since I have been doing my own laundry.
— Angie, a blogger for My So Called Chaos, has a great tip: De-junk, donate or dump. This is so common-sense, but we definitely don’t do it enough. The reason we have so much laundry is because we have so many clothes…way too many clothes. Whether it is monthly, quarterly or twice a year, make sure to rid your closet, and ultimately you laundry basket, or things you do not need, have more than one of or wear very often.–
One last tip provided to you, by yours truly, is to laugh about it. Accept your reality and your fate that the darn laundry tower is not going anywhere. Then, put on your big girl panties on and just deal with it…or don’t…but then you will have smelly kids and may even smell yourself — and that’s not a good look.
Have more tips for me??? PLEASE SHARE THEM! I need all the help I can get.