Laundry is one of those chores most people want to run away from or hire someone else to do it. If you’re stuck doing the laundry using some or all of these tips will make your life easier and save time.
Laundry Time Saving Tips
Group each person’s laundry together when hanging it up. This saves time when putting laundry away after it dries.
Add a handle to the laundry basket. Tie a rope or long piece of material together and attach to the laundry basket with a slip knot. Using the tie helps people with back pain or wheelchair users move the basket around from room to room.
Separate laundry in your closet by season and type of clothing. Separate clothing by length of sleeves and length of pants in your closet. For example put all long pants together and all dresses together.
Put out of season clothing in a storage tote with mothballs until in season. When a new season starts it will be like getting a new wardrobe since you have not seen them for several months.
Buy enough hangers for each person to have their own color. This will help put clothing away quickly and teach small children colors.
If you cannot purchase or find a different color hanger for everyone color code each hanger with a piece of yarn or ribbon tied at the time. Every person would have their own color. If your crafty wrap or crochet around the hanger.
Group your outfits together ahead of time. Put an outfit on each hanger with or without undergarments, shoes and socks.
Tie, safety pin or put socks together when throwing them in the dirty clothes basket. You can throw them in the wash too. Safety pinned or tied ones should stay together through the entire washing process. Thick sock will need undone to dry completely.
Fold and put clothing away when done instead of leaving in the basket. This prevents clothing being unfolded when someone takes a piece of clothing out of the basket and keeps your home tidy.
Use a separate laundry basket for whites, colors, and linens. This makes laundry easier especially for someone with disabilities or back pain.
Put gentle clothing aside until you have a full load or hand wash individual items.
Teach children to put away their clothing and make sure they do it correctly. Make it a pleasant experience for your children.
Organize your dresser drawers so you can find clothing quickly.
Don’t wash a load until you have a full load unless you’re washing school or work clothes to save time and water. If you are big on conserving water you’ll love the Washit. Four industrial design students in Great Britain designed the Washit concept. It lets you shower and wash clothing at the same time. Washit lets you shower while saving the water to wash your clothing at the same time. The Washit uses the shower water for the first rinse cycle instead of fresh water.
Hang up clothing right away while trying on an outfit or you’ll have extra laundry to wash. Don’t forget to tell your children also.
Wear jeans several times if they are clean and don’t stink. Carl Chiara, Brand Concepts and Special Projects Director at Levi Stratauss & Co told the Wall Street Journal he washes his jeans as little as possible. He washes them every six month in his bathtub in room temperature water. During the six months he will spot clean them with Windex or 409.
Don’t put laundry aside to put away tomorrow. If you don’t put it away right away you will be wasting time with laundry another day.
Do you have any laundry time saving tips?