Do you ever have that overwhelming sense that something needs to change? As we address how our homes function, we are likely to encounter areas that aren’t functioning well. This past week I’ve been working through some solutions to the constant nagging problem of laundry. If you can relate, I am here to offer you some laundry organization ideas to help manage the necessary burden of laundry.
Laundry has been a constant necessity since the beginning of time. Now, thanks to the invention of modern washers and dryers, we SHOULD be less burdened than ever. However, as a society, we are busier than ever.
I have a family of five, and for us to have clean clothes daily and not become overwhelmed, I have to do one load of laundry daily. Better laundry organization techniques will make this possible.
Each day I go throughout my home to gather up all of the dirty laundry. We have a shared laundry basket for the kids upstairs, a hamper in our closet, and still laundry finds itself on bathroom floors, draped over chairs, etc.
You know the drill if you have kids. We reuse towels (which is great for the environment and your budget) so that minimizes the laundry burden. I knew I needed to explore some laundry organization ideas, so I turned to Pinterest.
I read article after article about laundry hacks, laundry room ideas, and laundry room organization. Everyone seems to have a different solution. Some are good, and some are not so good.
I even read how one mom never folds clothes. She says all of her clothes get washed, dried, and thrown into the basket unfolded. She then sorts and puts them away once a week. For her this works, but I have my doubts. I fear I would be ironing clothes constantly if I neglect to fold them before they wrinkle.
Another laundry organization solution I found suggested that the laundry baskets themselves were to blame. She found that switching out her oversized laundry hampers to laundry baskets created the perfect fix for her family. She says that once her basket was full, it created just the right size for one load of laundry.
One family even created a huge family closet in their large laundry room, so clean clothes can get put away immediately. I would love to have a space that large, but I’m afraid for most of us, that laundry organization idea isn’t practical.
My favorite laundry solution is one I am currently using successfully, at least it is going well this first entire week. My laundry organization system looks like this.
1. Wash, dry, fold, and put away one load of laundry a day.
2. Do NOT neglect to put the clean clothes away each day, no matter how tired you are.
3. Do NOT start a new load of laundry unless the dryer is empty and the clean, folded clothes are put away.
That’s it. Sounds simple, right? But here is why it works for me. To throw the clothes in the washer has never been difficult. Putting the wet clothes in the dryer poses no problem either. For me, it has been the folding and putting away that has been the issue that causes overwhelm.
I have been know to just pull clean clothes out of my piles of folded laundry and just put them on. We do not iron clothes before hanging them, either. We iron them the night before we plan to wear them. To make this easy, I keep my iron and ironing board in our closet, where we use it. Not all laundry related tools belong in the laundry room. The ironing board works best for us stored in the closet.
If I am disciplined to wash, dry, and put away one load of laundry a day, I can manage laundry with ease. If I miss one day, I get overwhelmed. Simply seeing the laundry piling up is overwhelming. This laundry organization solution is working for us, now.
Bonus tip: If you share a home with anyone, even young children, make sure you are sharing this responsibility with them. It trains children up to be disciplined and to take ownership of their own possessions.
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