Hello laundry. Always there. Always looming. Never caught up with. Today, I’m going to share with you three ways to take control of the laundry so it doesn’t control your life.
1. Do laundry daily.
Put on a load every day, no matter how small. Oh and dry it too. Just do it. You won’t regret it. Ok, to be fair, I know not every family is our size (four kids, two adults, and cloth diapers). So if it’s not every day, do it when it makes sense to do it, such as when you have enough for a load.
2. Decide when laundry gets done.
Part of the problem with getting overwhelmed with laundry is that it’s not done consistently at the same time. It gets piled up. Conquer that issue with doing it at the same time every day and pair it with something you’re already doing. For instance, I put on a load when we eat breakfast and then dry or hang it right after lunch while listening to a business training. And if I don’t follow through with this, oh my. Laundry overload.
3. Find ways to reduce laundry overwhelm.
So once I conquered the dirty laundry itself, next came the issue of actually putting it away. One day, I timed myself.. It took over an hour to put things away. My oldest was able to help with laundry, but the others were just too little… So I decided to honestly keep the clothes in bags and baskets. Sorted by person or category like towels. And that’s putting it away. Bonus is if it gets put into the baskets in the kids closet or hung in our closet. It’s seriously saved our sanity and so. Much. Time rather spent doing other things that are important like writing this blog post and reading with the kids!
Laundry is something that is a part of most of our lives, so creating simple routines that are doable and sustainable is so key if you’re looking to keep your laundry routine simple for your busy family. And! Make sure to listen to me chatting about keeping laundry simple for busy families in detail over at Minimalist Moms Podcast as well, which you can find here “Simplify Your Laundry Routine”.
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Links to other blogs of mine you may like on keeping laundry routines simple for busy families:
Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m a mother of four children - three boys, one toddler girl - and our family lives on the beautiful east coast of Canada. I’m a past elementary teacher, turned stay at home, work at home mom eight years ago after I had my second child. I’ve found that the busier I’ve become and as my children age, that it’s become even more important to figure out what is most important to me and us as a family. Living a simpler lifestyle has helped us in so many ways in our home life - from better routines to faster tidying up times. It has been through my children that I have been inspired to learn how to effectively manage my time and to simplify in all areas of my home and life. I enjoy helping busy moms simplify home life by teaching flexible planning methods and skills. Enjoyed this blog and think it would be helpful to others? I'd love if you shared it. Thank you!