15 Helpful Tips For When You Are Overwhelmed By Laundry

Overwhelmed by laundry? If you are anything like me, you just might feel like you are drowning in laundry. Between kids and work, our schedules can get pretty hectic. That means that laundry often takes a back burner, but when it’s time to do it, boy oh boy is it overwhelming.

Looking for the best laundry tips? Here are 15 strategies you can use when you are feeling overwhelmed by laundry that you can put into effect now to help save your time and your sanity.

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1. Put all dirty clothes in the laundry room. Prevent a huge pile of laundry, by keeping dirty clothes in the laundry room (or a dedicated laundry space) as opposed to keeping separate hampers in each room. 

2. Invest in a good sorter. Don’t cheap out when it comes to your laundry sorter. It is so annoying and frustrating when you have to hold your sorter together while doing laundry. Yes, it may cost more, but it is worth it  I promise you.

3.  Sort Immediately. Since you are putting all the laundry straight into the laundry area right away, you may as well sort it right then as well  Get a good sorter (see #2) to separate whites/darks/towels, etc. that way when it comes to actually doing the laundry, it is already sorted for you.

4.  Buy a mesh laundry bag for delicates. Throughout the week toss your delicates into the bag and place it into the washer on laundry day.

5.  Launder the large items first. Large items such as sheets and towels take up a lot of space in the laundry pile, which can make it look very overwhelming. They are, however, the easiest to fold, so it is best to launder these first and get them folded and out of the way so your laundry stack is less overwhelming.

6.  Set aside a “Laundry Day”. Always plan a laundry day throughout the week. While you will probably still need to do several other loads throughout the week, you can set aside time to do 3-4 loads of laundry on that day.

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7.  Keep vinegar on hand. About once a month I run a vinegar rinse through my washing machine to keep it clean and smelling fresh. Vinegar is also great for stinky clothes!

8.  Skip the wash. Some stuff just simply doesn’t need to be washed with every wear. Jeans, for example, don’t need to be. Truth be told, it’s not even good for your jeans to be laundered that often.

9.  Hang/Reuse towels after showers. Don’t just toss towels in the laundry after one use. Make sure that each family member has their own hook in the bathroom so that they can hang their towel on to reuse for their showers.

10. Make sure folded clothes get put away ASAP. Call each family member in to put their clothes away right after they are folded. 

11. Don’t fold the small stuff. It doesn’t make sense to waste time folding stuff like rags and underwear.

12. Keep clean clothes out of the laundry. This seems obvious, but little kids go through a lot of clothing changes in a day, make sure they aren’t putting something on for 5 minutes and then tossing it in the laundry.

13. Buy laundry soap in bulk. I hate discovering that I am out of laundry detergent in the middle of laundry day. Make sure to buy detergent in bulk (it’s cheaper that way!) and add it to the shopping list when you discover you are running low.

14. Watch the tags. Pay attention when you buy your clothes that you are buying stuff that you can easily wash and dry at home. Dry clean only and permanent press clothes throw a wrench into your laundry plans and it is easy to ruin your clothes if you aren’t careful.

15. Delegate. If you have older kids, they can do their own laundry.  We all need to know how to do laundry, so you may as well get them started now. Plus, getting help means you will feel less overwhelmed by laundry!

Do you have any great laundry tips that have worked well for you?  Please share your best laundry tips below.

15 Tips For When You Are Overwhelmed By Laundry

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Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com

15 Helpful Tips For When You Are Overwhelmed By Laundry

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