Simplifying the Chore of Laundry

by Michelle

Need help organizing your laundry room or coming up with a laundry system? Contact Grace Brooke at 707.495.6204Let’s be honest, we can try to be the perfect house keeper with everything in its place, clean and tidy, homework completed before dinner, and a 3-course meal on the table every night.  But the truth of the matter is, that is not possible!  It can be overwhelming to think about accomplishing these tasks each day let alone trying to do it perfectly each day.  So I propose, breaking this task down into more manageable steps.

When you think about all the laundry that is piled up throughout the week, it can be pretty daunting.  But if you break it down by “monthly”, “weekly”, and “daily”, the task becomes much more manageable.  Keep reading below to see how to simplify the chore of laundry so it doesn’t become a dark cloud hanging over your head.

“Daily”:  Every day, make sure that each family member’s dirty clothing from the day go into a hamper at the end of the day. Keep a hamper or laundry basket in each family member’s closet.

“Weekly”: One of the most irritating things is to find that you are all out of detergent when you go to do a load, so make sure supplies are stocked.  If not, be sure to put it on the grocery list.  Stick to one day a week that the dry-cleaning items are to be dropped off.  Eventually this will become routine and you won’t even have to think twice about this. It is also helpful to have a laundry bag hanging in your closet for all dry-cleaning garments making it easy to grab-n-go.

“Monthly”: Start by gathering things that need mending.  Keeping a separate basket in the laundry room for these items is a very easy way to store them.  Also, check the calendar and see if there are any special events coming up that require certain items of clothing.  Make sure they are pressed, cleaned, and mended.

“Seasonal”:  Every spring and winter go through and get rid of any unwanted and worn items.  Donate or giveaway what you can.  Swap summer clothes in the winter and winter clothes in the summer. This simple step will help create more space in your closets.  By taking note of what is in everyone’s closet, it is much easier to shop because it takes the guess work out.  And chances are you will be ready for the end-of-season sale!

I don’t think laundry will ever be something “enjoyable”, but it can be a task that is simplified making it easier and less mundane.  Having a system in place that is broken down into smaller steps and simple to follow makes it easier to maintain.  Don’t be afraid to change it up, just be sure that the system is working for you and your family.

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