Are you ready for the laundry tip that will change your life? “Change your life” might be overstating it a bit but you will certainly be happy if you decide to give this laundry tip a try. It has definitely changed the way I do laundry and, don’t shoot me, but I actually enjoyed doing laundry! I love the entire process of changing stinky clothes to fresh smelling clean clothes but that is a discussion for another day… this tip will make it so you still change stinky clothes to clean clothes (love it or hate it) but in MUCH LESS TIME.
Are you ready for the big secret?
First, tell me if this sounds familiar… one of your children is out of underwear so some laundry doing is in order. You think to yourself, “Well, if I’m going to wash this kid’s stuff, I may as well do everyone’s laundry.” So you go around the house, gathering up all of the laundry, heaping it into several baskets and you carry it to the laundry room. Now you spend the next 20 minutes going through it all, sorting it into whites, lights and darks. Then you proceed to start washing it. Depending on how many loads you have this could take you all day.
As the loads finish up you are then tasked with sorting out which clothing belongs to which family member. If you have two children close in age and the same gender then you probably spend a considerable amount of time looking at tags and sizes and trying to remember if this was still the older child’s shirt or did you give it to the younger now that it is outgrown? Has it been outgrown? You can’t remember so you pick a pile and hope that’s right. Side note: later your older child comes down with their belly showing because they have a shirt that is too small on, but they don’t notice :).
After all the laundry is completed, you sort the clean piles of laundry back into separate baskets and go about delivering them to their respective rooms.
It’s now 1am and you have repeated the words “I hate laundry” to yourself about one million times.
I’m guessing that at least some of this, if not all, occurs on a regular basis in your house. I know it used to in mine. That is until I figured out the secret to saving LOADS of time (see what I did there?) doing laundry!
Laundry Tip, Save LOADS of time!
Now I’m going to share my laundry tip with you…. STOP SORTING.
“Stop sorting? What the heck? How can I do laundry without sorting anything???” you are now, no doubtedly, saying to yourself.
It means exactly what I said. NO. MORE. SORTING.
What you do is you take one household member’s laundry and do it all in one or two loads. As it comes out of the dryer you simply fold it and put it back in the basket you brought it down in and return it to said household member’s room. THAT’S IT. Even if you want to do several household members’ laundry in one day, you still do each person’s one at a time. This saves massive amounts of time because there is no sorting to do at all!
Let’s go through that scenario above again but with my method…one of your children is out of underwear so some laundry doing is in order. You take that child’s laundry to the laundry room. This child is quite small so all of their laundry fits in one load. The wash part takes about 35 minutes. Drying takes another 30 or so. You take clothes out of the dryer, fold them, put them back into the basket they came from and return that basket to the child’s room. You’re DONE in about an hour. No sorting before or after the wash at all!
The fact of the matter is that everyone has different amounts of clothes. People need their laundry done at various times. There is no reason to do EVERYONE’S laundry simply because one person needs theirs done! It’s a waste of time! And I can’t emphasize enough how nice it is to not have to sort everyone’s clothes out after taking it out of the dryer. Try it. I promise you will love it.
And if you are concerned about the colors bleeding go ahead and throw in a Shout Color Catcher (affiliate) sheet with the wash. They are a lifesaver!
Since adapting this method I am shocked at how much LESS laundry I actually do. And even when I have to do it, it is quick and painless so it never hijacks my entire day.
Stop sorting and stop the laundry insanity!
If you decide to give this laundry tip a try please let me know what you think! And if you have any other laundry tips and/or hacks I’d love to hear them!
Happy laundry day, friends!
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