As a busy parent, it can sometimes be a struggle to maintain everything you need to maintain. This typically means that one or more household chores end up being slid to the side so that everyone can relax a little or not feel quite as stressed. Often, laundry is one of the first things to be put off. If this whole scenario sounds familiar, learning how to create a weekly laundry routine that works for you and your family can be the quick answer to keeping your family in clean clothes in a neat and orderly fashion.
Sort Laundry Before Starting
Before you start any kind of laundry routine, consider taking the time to sort through the clothing you and your family own. There is a good chance you have far more clothing than you need, including ripped, stained, or do not fit. Removing these items ahead of time will make your laundry routine much more straightforward.
Pick a Day for Laundry
For most people, laundry is something that gets tossed in when you have spare time. However, when you have a regular laundry system in place, your laundry gets done regularly. The best way to decide this is to look at your family calendar. Between school functions, work obligations, and other things your family may be doing, chances are good you have at least one day a week that is not quite as busy as others. These days may not be relaxing for you, but they are the days that you have more free time than other days.
These are the best days of the week to set up your laundry routine. Ideally, it is best to have two days a week your laundry routine. To keep things easiest on yourself, try your best to keep your laundry washing only for these days. This is especially helpful for bedding and towels. If you know that these items are supposed to be washed on a specific day, it allows you to plan better.
Sort Clothes Before It Reaches the Laundry Room
Sorting laundry, especially if you are sorting by person and color, can take a significant amount of time. However, if you do this before your laundry ever reaches the laundry room, you will save yourself time. The simplest way to do this is to use 3 part sorting hampers in each person’s bedroom or bathroom. This allows you to pre-sort the clothing as you remove them instead of trying to sort them when they’re in a big mound of dirty laundry.
In addition to your regular clothes hampers, you may also want to consider one specifically for towels and bedding. This will ensure these items do not get mixed into the regular laundry. Depending on the article, having them mixed in may cause your regular clothing damage that may keep them from looking their best.
Use a Color Coding System
As you work on getting a pre-sorting routine setup, implementing a color-coding system is another excellent addition to your new weekly laundry routine. This is pretty simple to begin. Each person in your home gets a specific color laundry basket. This makes putting laundry away incredibly easy as you will know precisely who the clothing belongs to simply by the color of their laundry basket.
In addition to using color-coded laundry baskets, it is a good idea to use color-coded clothes hangers as well. As you begin implementing your new laundry system, these color-coded items will make organization much easier as color-coding things have a streamlining effect.
Wash Like with Like
Doing laundry loads by color should be a regular thing, but these days that does not often happen. However, it is a fantastic way to streamline your laundry process. And, you save time in addition to keeping your clothes looking their best. For instance, towels washed with other clothing will often bleed color or fuzz onto the other clothing.
But washing like items with like items has a much more practical purpose as well. It saves you time spent putting things away. Because there is no guesswork as to where each item in the load will go, you can take it from the dryer and immediately put it away. By removing the guesswork, you avoid spending unnecessary time wasted.
Streamline Hanging Clothes
Using a portable clothing rack can make the task of hanging clothes much more manageable. It allows you to hang clothes as you’re removing them from the dryer. And you do not need to spend time wandering around. Keep a basket or bin handy to collect empty hangers from closets. You also avoid the issue of children and teenagers who may not want to do the work involved with hanging their own clothing.
As your laundry comes out of the dryer, fold each piece that does not get hung and place them in their color-coded basket. When you find clothing that needs hung, use a color-coded hanger and put it on the clothing rack.
Enlist Your Family to Help
Speaking of teenagers, it should be a part of your regular laundry routine to do their laundry. Again, look at their least busy days and choose a day when they have the fewest activities happening. This should be their laundry day and the only day they are allowed to do laundry. They learn the responsibility that comes with being responsible for their clothes looking nice. Plus, it also relieves some of the stress from you.
Having a regular laundry routine is incredibly important to keeping your family’s laundry looking its best. If you are busy and have little spare time, it is also an essential part of keeping your laundry from becoming overwhelming. It takes you and your family some time to get used to having a new routine. But, you will be glad you took the time to do so once you do.
Not only will you be considerably less stressed about clean clothes, but your clothes will look amazing at the same time. A well-ran weekly laundry routine is an incredibly effective way to help both you and your family avoid an overwhelming amount of laundry.