Do you absolutely dread doing laundry? If so, check out this guide to learn about the top laundry organization tips.
Laundry day. There is nothing worse than the absolute dread of tackling those mountains of dirty washing.
Once it’s all washed, dried, folded and put away, the cycle starts again!
If you are getting overwhelmed with smelly socks and folding fitted sheets (how do people fold them!?), then look no further.
Follow our top laundry organization tips so you can spend less time washing sweaty gym gear and more time doing the things you love.
Invest in a High-Quality Laundry Divider
Once you have one, you will never be without it.
These great inventions divide up your laundry into color sorted, the machine-sized bundles that make your laundry day a lot easier. Best of all, they are on wheels, and can simply be wheeled to the washing machine when it’s time to wash.
Depending on the location of your bedrooms in relation to the location of your laundry room, it’s probably best to have one of these near the bedrooms and laundry room.
Make sure it has a darks, whites and colors compartment to divide up all the washing.
If you have kids, start training them on how to use it. Ensure they split up their laundry. This will save you a lot of time (and many headaches) asking your kids to pick up their laundry off the floor or sorting their laundry yourself.
When you see a compartment full, simply put this wash on. It’s as easy as that and everything is pre divided.
Keep a Basket on the Stairs
Again, depending on the location of your laundry room you are going to have clean or dirty washing coming up and down the stairs.
Keep a big basket on the stairs for this exact purpose. Simply take the basket up with you when you go up.
Ironing Board in Closet
Keep your ironing board in your closet. You can iron what you need just before wearing it. What is the point of ironing a t-shirt, to then fold it and leave it in your drawers for 3 weeks?
Having an ironing board in your room keeps the ironing board out of the laundry, and more importantly, out of the way.
You don’t want to be moving around the laundry room and end up with a hot iron falling on you.
No More Surprise Stains
There is nothing worse than pulling a white t-shirt out of the dryer to find it has a huge gravy stain set on it.
Tell your kids (and partner) to set aside anything that is stained. Even have a special bucket on the side of the laundry divider for stained clothing.
Now you have your family trained on setting aside stained clothing, (hurray!) use a detergent booster to get the stains out.
Simply spray the stain with whatever stain remover you have hanging around and then chuck in a bucket of cold water just enough to cover the garment. Sprinkle and mix around the detergent booster and leave to soak.
Only soak similar colors in the same bucket to prevent unwanted dyeing.
Leave it in the solution overnight and come back to it tomorrow. Likely, the stain will be gone. If not, you can scrub it out with a brush and leave to soak just a little bit longer.
Check out this detergent booster, it’s perfect for hard water areas.
Use Mesh Bags
Don’t waste your time hand-washing delicate or small items, just use mesh bags. You can pick them up from your local supermarket or online.
There are specialist bags for bras to prevent them from losing shape and the underwires bending.
Also, mesh bags are great for small things like socks and pantyhose. Never have odd socks hanging around your laundry room again, simply put them all in a mesh bag.
You can also use mesh bags to prevent small zippers, buttons, and anything else with delicate detailing. They also work well for baby clothes.
Your cotton bedding and towels should be hot washed to get the greasy mucky feeling out of them. Even throw in a cup of vinegar to help shift that smell.
You can also tumble dry them on hot too. This gets rid of any bacteria or bugs.
Folding and Putting Away
So, you’ve washed and dried all the laundry and now it’s time to sort, fold and put away.
If you have kids, ask for their help in this process. They can identify their own clothes and help to fold and put them away where they belong.
If it’s just you, then save this chore for when you have something on TV to watch. Folding laundry goes by a lot quicker when you are watching your favorite TV program.
Keep Your Laundry Room Organized
Above all else, try to keep this room tidy and organize. Invest in good storage and shelving to optimize the space in your laundry room.
Label everything and always put it back in the same place so you know where it is the next time.
Laundry Organization for Everyone!
There you have it, our top tips to keep yourself sane while doing the laundry. As soon as your kids are old enough, start teaching them how to do the laundry too.
Laundry organization is an important part of running a household efficiently.
For more household tips, take a look at the other articles on our blog.