Having good habits it in life is important. Laundry seems to pile up for many families, so I thought I would share some laundry habits that I have used over the years that has helped it not be a major chore for us. There are simple things you can do each week and there are ways to train your children so that washing clothes doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.
Laundry Room Ideas
Whether you have a laundry room or area, how you organize that space will make a huge difference in how your clothes through in an efficient manner. Here are some necessary elements that every laundry room needs:
At least 2 baskets/bins for sorting – 1 basket/bin for whites and 1 for everything else. A third bin is ideal but not necessary. Teach your children and spouse how to get their clothes into these 2 bins. Do whatever you have to do to get them into this habit.
Space for stained items – Have a bin or box where your family can place stained items that you can be pretreated by you before they make it into the washer.
Sorting in Bedrooms – If bedrooms are not close to the laundry room, have 2 sorting baskets in each bedroom. Again, do whatever you have to do to get your family to use these baskets for good laundry habits.
Laundry Habits – How Often Should You Do Laundry?
Wash only one or two family member’s clothing at a time – Mixing everyone’s laundry together and doing it daily requires WAY too much sorting and work on your part.
Weekly laundry over daily laundry – I wash mine and my husband’s clothes once a week. That’s it! Try it, you’ll like it. One or two family member’s laundry at a time once a week has simplified our home so much!
Older Children get right-of-passage to using the machines on their own – When my children are between 10-14 years old, I give them the right-of-passage to be allowed to use the washing machine. I show them how to sort their clothes, use detergent, and turn on the machine. Usually they are happy to have control of an area of their lives. If you have trained them right from the beginning, they have probably been helping you wash, sort, and fold clothes all along anyways.
Do Less Laundry!
Most families are just plain doing too much laundry! Towels can be used more than once or twice. You are clean when you use them, so why wash them each time they are touched? Install hooks in bathrooms so towels can easily be dried and reused. Wash sheets less often. Wear PJs more than one night. Teach your family to think before tossing a barely worn item into the laundry hamper. Get your family on your side to help create less laundry and less stress keeping all these clothes washed.
For more detailed explanations of each step, check my laundry tips for sanity post here. I hope this information has been helpful to you. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. For more organizing tips, check out how to organize your life with file folders and chemical free cleaning tips.