Urgh, not more washing! How many times have we all said it? How many times have we prayed to see the bottom of the laundry basket? How many times have we just wanted it to wash itself? Laundry is one of those never-ending tasks; one that becomes tedious very quickly, especially when you have a large family.
But all is not lost. Don’t spend your free time knee-deep in dirty washing. Keeping things simple and having a few tricks up your sleeve can prevent the washing from piling up, saving you time and effort – it’s a win-win, wouldn’t you say?
Here are our top tips for a hassle-free laundry day:
One of the best ways cut down the amount of time it takes to do the laundry is to create a simple schedule. Plan ahead and wash batches of similar items on the same day each week, e.g. darks on a Monday, whites on a Tuesday, delicates on a Wednesday and so forth.
You will be able to sort your clothes piles ahead of time and you can be certain of a continuous and ordered supply of fresh clothes, not a basket of muddled, smelly washing!
It’s really simple to bring order to the chaos that is your washing pile. Rather than one large basket, invest in several smaller baskets, each dedicated to a certain type of washing. It’s up to you how you do it: by colour, by how often it’s worn, by wearer, by material.
Spending a little cash now will save so much time sorting in the long run – that’s priceless.
Hate baskets of damp washing sitting around or waiting for the machine to finish? The delayed timer is a really handy feature of modern washing machines. Use it!
You decide on the times of the day that suit you best and set the machine to delay.
For instance, you could load the machine at night and set it to finish by morning or when you’re out at work. By the time you get up / get back all you need to do is move the load to the dryer or washing line.
Kids can do the laundry too.
Encouraging the kids to sort out their own washing can be a godsend, especially if you’ve got a big family. We don’t advise turning them into Cinderellas but having them pop their uniforms straight in the wash, setting days for them to help with laundry or just asking them to fold some clothes can be really helpful.
Another way to cut time spent doing laundry is to remove the need to iron clothes.
Most items, if hung straight after they dry, will be perfectly fine to wear and won’t need to be ironed. There are a few exceptions, shirts and blouses for instance. Aside from that, ample storage space and good folding will eliminate hours spent stooped over the ironing board. Hooray!
As you can see, it’s not hard to keep on top of the laundry. Some smart planning and forward thinking can slash hours off the weekly wash, giving you more time to enjoy the things that really matter to you.
You can’t get away from it, the washing needs to be done, we just hope we’ve made it a more pleasant experience from now on!
Image courtesy of Sean McGrath via Flickr, 2009.