Endless piles of laundry can be tamed, but there is no one-size-fits-all method. Part of efficient laundry management depends on family members’ willingness to participate, so judge the following ideas on what best suits your family personality. Here are five quick tips to save time with your laundry.
1. Do not, I repeat DO NOT wash men’s dress shirts. The couple of bucks you have to spend to send them out to be laundered and pressed is well worth it. Even when we were poor college students, it was still worth the money for the time savings.
2. If there is an option when shopping, do not buy any article of clothing that requires ironing. I have lived happily (and stylishly, I might add) for twenty years without a single piece of clothing that requires me to break out the iron. Unless you enjoy ironing, kiss it goodbye. My iron lives in my sewing room, because that’s the only place I use it. In the same vein, try to avoid dry clean only and hand-wash only articles of clothing. Wash and wear is the way to go!
3. Store laundry to go to the dry cleaner’s in a bag in the coat closet, so it’s easy to grab on your way out when you are headed out for errands.
4. Teach older kids and teens to treat stains before putting their clothes in the laundry. A little pre-treatment will save time on laundry day and keep clothes looking new longer.
5. To avoid extra loads of towels, provide each family member with one towel. When my teenagers had free access to clean towels, they typically left wet towels on the bathroom or bedroom floor, and then helped themselves to a new towel any time. By providing only one towel (I hid extras in a plastic, under-the-bed container), they were motivated to remember to hang their towels after showering.
From The Organized Mom by Laura Torres, publishing November 1 from Familius