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Sometimes a quick and simple tip that can make the mundane a little easier or make your life a little better makes a BIG difference. This is a new series here on the blog where I’ll be sharing simple tips, finds, and suggestions to make life a little easier. I’ll be sharing these tips regularly on the blog and on Instagram – make sure you’re following along!
Today’s tip is one that you might have heard from me before because it’s one of my 5 daily tasks. Do a load of laundry from start to folded and put away every.single.day. This might seem overwhelming at first, but I promise you, it is a huge component to feeling caught up, less overwhelmed, and in control of one of this never-ending household task. You can work this tip a number of different ways but my personal recommendation is to do one person’s laundry every day and finish with washing sheets and towels on Saturdays (that’s the weekly task for Saturday in my routine). The last laundry load of the week is cleaning cloths washed on hot/sanitize and then I do a CLEAN cycle on the washer and call it good for the week.
You can also collect all the laundry in the house at the end of the day or just have one hamper in the laundry room and wash what’s in that daily. With three kids we easily have a load of laundry every day, some days there are multiple loads. I don’t separate the kids’ clothes into whites and darks, I just toss it all in on cold – I’ve never had any issues with color transfer with this method. The two big kids fold their own clothes and put them away – this is extremely helpful! I also use white vinegar as my fabric softener – this helps with color-fastness. For my husband and myself I do separate whites from darks and and we each have our own hamper so our clothes are washed separately. We both work out quite a bit so I usually have a load of workout clothes for each of us weekly too.
Why is this a good tip? You will always have clean clothes that are ready to wear. No last minute laundry sessions to wash that uniform or special outfit. Just a couple minutes a day will keep you on track for this task and it eliminates doing laundry for hours all at once. Try it!
A couple things that might make doing laundry a little more enjoyable:
- Have a mountain of laundry staring you down? How to quickly catch up on laundry
- Looking for a safe alternative to fabric softener? Wool Dryers Balls to the Rescue!
- Have kids? Let’s Do Laundry – Simple Tips to Teach Kids
- My favorite laundry products are here on my Cleaning Favs page
- Curious what my laundry room looks like? Here’s my laundry room tour.