Does doing laundry leave you with your undies in a bundle? Got the laundry room blues? I think we can all agree that doing laundry stinks (sometimes literally). After a long week of work, spending your whole Saturday doing laundry is not ideal, however, it’s a chore that has to be done. Laundry is not the most exciting task, but you can streamline the process and make it a little more enjoyable with these tips!
Give Your Laundry Room a Facelift!
A lot of times, laundry rooms are in the basement of a home or are in the “tool” room of the house. Bring your laundry room to life and, ta-da, it can become your favorite room in the house! Paint your laundry room a bright or light color, and update the lighting in the room. You’ll be amazed by how much these two simple updates can change the vibe of your laundry room. You can find laundry room decor such as signs or even add some color to the room with a rug. Check out blogging sites such as Pinterest to get some inspiration on the look you’re going for. Remember to keep a garbage can in your laundry room so you can easily throw away lint and dryer sheets without having to leave the room. Add counters or re-purpose a table to add in the room for storage and a folding space. If you have a designated spot for folding, this will decrease the chance of you throwing clean clothes on that chair in your room and leaving them, you know which chair I’m talking about.
Organize Your Laundry Baskets
Have laundry baskets labeled in your laundry room for whites, darks, and lights to simplify throwing in a load. Task your family members to go through their individual baskets and add their clothing to the designated basket. This makes throwing in a load extremely easy! If you have a family member that has a job where their clothing gets very dirty or you have sports gear to wash, have a separate basket for extra soiled clothes. If you have some extra cash to spend on your laundry room renovation, you can even find a second cheap, used washer for clothing that gets very dirty so you don’t risk ruining your other clothes in the same machine.
Be Conscious of What You’re Washing
If the clothing you’re wearing during the day does not get extremely dirty, consider getting another wear out of it before washing again. Rewear pants or a sweater if you can. You can also consider wearing the same pajamas a few days in a row. You can save time by not washing everything after every wear, and you can save energy, water, and money by not having to do as much laundry.
Don’t Wait Until You Are Out of Clothes to Do Laundry
We know that doing laundry is not a fun task, but it will get extremely overwhelming if you wait until you have nothing clean to wash your laundry. Consider creating a schedule for your laundry so you don’t run into this problem. For instance, create a day of the week for each family member’s laundry, or wash lights one day, darks another day, towels another day. By keeping a schedule, you won’t be bombarded with having to spend a day catching up on laundry and you won’t be stuck in the shower wondering if there’s a fresh towel in the cupboard.
Make it Fun!
Consider putting a radio or bluetooth speaker in your laundry room. You can listen to your favorite podcasts or music to keep yourself entertained while folding laundry or throwing in a load. Encourage your kids or other family members to help! Spending quality time folding laundry with a significant other or kids gives you time to chat about the day or catch up on what’s going on. Live by yourself? Use folding laundry as a time to call a family member or friend and find out what’s new! Like doing laundry by yourself? Use the quiet time to reflect on your day and enjoy the peace and quiet!
Doing laundry doesn’t have to be the worst part of your week! Find a system that works for you and your family and stick with it! With an updated space and organized schedule, doing laundry can be fun and efficient!
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