12 Ways to Organize Your Laundry
by Barbara Myers
1. Develop a system and follow it consistently.
Allow your family one month to adjust to it before you alter it.
2. Enlist your family's help. Make each
person responsible for transporting their clothing to and from the
laundry room. Even a five-year-old can handle that task.
3. Let children help you with the laundry. It's the best way
for them to learn.
4. Do all your laundry in one day OR do a couple
of loads each evening -- whichever works better for you.
Take the lids off your hampers. Make it
easy to put dirty clothes where they belong.
6. Have a hamper in each room. However, if you have enough
space, place all hampers in the laundry room. label them according
to wash loads (whites, towels, jeans, dark colors, etc.). Have
each person sort their clothes into the hampers nightly. Wash a
load whenever a hamper is full.
7. Teach everyone in the family to make a
decision about each piece of clothing as they undress. There are
three options: clean (return to closet), hang to air (designated
place) or dirty (hamper).
8. Keep a backup supply of detergent, softener
and stain remover. When you open the last one, add it to the
grocery list. Laundry items are so expensive it pays to stock up
whenever they're on sale.
9. Pick up a good stain remover chart and POST
it in the laundry room.
Have a designated place for items which need
mending. Weekly or monthly, mend them or drop them off at the
Hang a bag in your closet or in the laundry
room for dry clean only items. Set up a routine to drop off and
pick up on certain days each month. Some dry cleaners will even
Keep a small basket in the laundry room for
"found" items such as money and buttons. Use another one for
mate-less socks since they will probably show up next time.
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