If the word “laundry” give you stress, you are in good company. Piles and piles of laundry are among the most complained-about chores that plague the lives of mothers all around.
I can’t promise that laundry will ever be your most “joyful” task, but there are a few things that will help you to better manage the laundry and make it less miserable.
How to Do the Laundry More Effectively
- First, face the fact that the laundry will always need to be taken care of. We live in a world where we are blessed to have clothes to wear, and most of us are lucky enough to have a washing machine to help us out. Remembering to be grateful for modern technology might help you see that we are much more blessed than our ancestors. Since the laundry isn't going to disappear anytime soon, here are some tips for how to do the laundry in a more effective way, involving the whole family:
- If you are the type to be overwhelmed by laundry taking up multiple days of your life, designate a set laundry day. I used to do laundry during the week, and I used to have themed days for various aspects of the laundry, but I found for me that this only resulted in laundry stress that was stretched into multiple days. It felt like the laundry never ended. Now we do laundry on Saturdays so that it gets done all in one day, and so that other family members can help. My husband now washes all the laundry, and the kids and I put it away.
- If you are the type to get overwhelmed by too much laundry, the opposite recommendation is for you: Divide your laundry into smaller amounts each day. Maybe Monday you do towels and rags, and Tuesday you do your whites. Set a timer for when your laundry is supposed to be dry so that you don’t forget to fold it. This will help you from allowing laundry to build up into the next day.
- Set a goal to fold your laundry while it is still warm. This keeps procrastination at bay, and keeps the loads from becoming an overwhelming mountain of chaos.
- Young kids can help with laundry. Teach them to help from a young age. My kids started helping me sort and put away at age 4 and it’s great for them to have a special chore just for them. Sometimes we throw all the laundry in the middle of the floor, set a timer, and see how much clothing they can sort before the timer goes off. We call it the “laundry game” and celebrate with a treat for all participants. 2-year olds can help transfer laundry from the washer to the dryer (if you have front-loaders).
- Older kids should be in charge of their own laundry. Don’t overwhelm yourself by doing more laundry than you should. If your teens are capable of working a smartphone, they can handle a washer and a dryer! Don’t wait until college to teach them this skill or they might not ever learn. My own mother slowly taught us various laundry tasks so that we were capable of taking over our own laundry by age 12. Sure they might get lazy and mix colors the first time or two, but this is how they learn.
- If the amount of laundry in your household feels massive and unmanageable, consider decluttering and donating at least half of what’s in everyone’s closet. Do your kids have too many clothes to choose from? Try simplifying for them.
- Ask for your children’s help in identifying dirty and clean. Because laundry became so insane at our house, I added this task to my children’s chore chart. Each day when they take their clothes off before bed, they are to look and smell. Look for any dirty marks or stains, and then smell for any bad smells. If the clothing item passes both tests, they are to put the clothing item back in the closet, rather than in their dirty clothes hamper.
- Ask your children to turn their clothes right side out before placing items in their hamper. This saves you one more step while laundering their clothes.
- If your children have the habit of changing their outfits multiple times a day (my toddler girls are always guilty of this), consider hanging things where they cannot be reached.
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Happy laundering everyone!
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