Wash, dry, sort, fold, repeat, repeat, repeat … sound familiar? The never-ending deluge of dirty clothes and linens can easily be overwhelming. To help get your wash routine under control, we’ve rounded up 10 mom-recommended laundry tips for an efficient system.
1. One Load Per Day
“A load a day keeps chaos away,” says online housekeeping coach FlyLady, and many Circle of Moms members couldn’t agree more. Aiming to compete one load of laundry per day can prevent huge pile-ups and stave off laundry-related stress. As Sarah H. shares: “I make it my goal to do ONE load a day…By doing at least one load a day, I find that I don't really get behind.”
2. One Day Per Person
Assigning a different day of the week to each family member’s laundry is another way to keep the washroom under control. As Pene M. explains of her seven-person laundry plan: “Each person has one day assigned to them to do their laundry. This includes their towels and bedding. If they don't do it on their day they can do it on another day after that person is finished.”
3. Separate Loads for Each Person
If your kids are young, delegating wash responsibilities may not be an option. Still, divvying up loads by person may work, as Shannon G. shares: “I do each child's laundry separately. That way when it comes out of the dryer, I can fold it and put it in the right room.”
4. One Epic Laundry Day Per Week
Could you do the entire week’s laundry on one day? Moms like Kandi K., a mother of three, find one blow-out laundry day—supplemented by a few loads throughout the week—is an efficient system: “Wednesday is laundry day here and that's an all-day event! Then I usually need to wash 1-3 loads throughout the week...That includes work, school, play, baseball clothes and the 50 times in a day I have to change my two-year-old’s clothes!”
5. Schedule a Category Per Day
Assigning various items to different days is another system that works for many moms. Danielle M. breaks down the details: “Each day I wash something different. Monday is whites, undies, socks. Tuesday is jeans and darks. Wenesday is reds, browns, yellows and khakis and Friday is towels, sheets and blankets."
6. Fold Immediately
Yeah, we know it’s hard. But tackling laundry-folding when the clothes are freshly dried one of the top laundry tips offered by Circle of Moms members. Jenny S. shares: “I always fold the laundry as soon as I take it off the line or it’s dry from the dryer. I just pause anything else I’m doing and just quickly get it done. If my husband is around i get him to stop what he's doing to help.”
7. Folding Parties
Other moms make folding into a family event! “We take all the clean clothes to the TV room, turn some music really loud and fold all the clothes together,” says Angie C. “It's kinda like a clean clothes party—and the kids really get into it."
8. Re-Use Towels
Are you running several loads of towels each week? Re-think your family’s towel use, advise moms like Kathy P.: “A towel can be used several times...after all, you are clean after a shower when you use it...so have each family member use one towel at least twice, hanging it up to dry after each use, preferably in their rooms.”
9. Division of Labor
With older kids, why not get everyone involved? Sarah H. stations laundry baskets in each kid’s room and requires them to bring full baskets to the laundry room, while Karen L. taught her kids to do their own laundry at age 12!
10. Amazing Sock Solution
One of our favorite laundry tips is Kerri D.'s system for keeping socks connected to their partners: “Each person has their own lingerie bag to put socks in! Makes it sooo much easier to keep them together and matched." Lingerie bags for each family member's socks? Genius!