They say nothing is certain but death and taxes, but to that, I would like to add: LAUNDRY.
Laundry is one of those seemingly boring topics that for some reason, I love to read about. Maybe it’s the nosiness in me, maybe it’s being a mom, but I love to hear how other people tackle laundry (all on one day? a load a day? washing all tops then all bottoms workout clothes separately?) their solutions for getting kids to put away their laundry, and other such minutia.
Here are a few things about my laundry routines (I have laundry routines, hai, could I be anymore lame?):
A week’s worth of laundry – minus diapers, towels, and linens. I separate the kids’ laundry from ours to make folding and putting away more efficient,
Doing laundry once a week to help with clutter.
I’ve mentioned before that I do laundry once a week and during the time, declutter the kids’ clothing. I was already doing all my laundry on one day when I heard A Slob Comes Clean podcast mention that would be a great time to declutter. So, on Thursdays, when their dirty clothing from the past week is being washed, I take a look at what’s left in the kids’ closet. Whatever’s in the closets during laundry day are the things I don’t reach for first when dressing them. I don’t just get rid of it all, but if the closet is still bursting at the seams, I remove whatever items I don’t find adorable or that Gabe doesn’t adore. Doing laundry once a week also keeps me from having piles of laundry all week around the house. I force myself to have it all put away by the end of the day.
Putting away kids’ laundry.
I used to store all the tops and bottoms separately in their closet, but I’ve learned it’s more effective for me to make outfits as I’m folding laundry and store them in the closet that way. It makes grabbing an outfit easier (no matching or thinking necessary) and helps me see if either of them has too much of one type of clothing (therefore, I can toss it) or realize if I can never seem to match a particular shirt to anything (again, toss). It also helps me to keep their wardrobe from getting out of control. At most, they need 10-14 outfits, so I can take stock when their clothing is stored as outfits instead of a stack of tops and a pile of bottoms. It makes our mornings so much smoother.
Making clothing last longer
Part of having fewer items of clothing in my closet is taking better care of the clothing I do have.
– Air dry clothing. It’s a little extra work to hang items, but doing it at least with your most delicate clothing will keep it from pilling and wearing out. This is easier now that it’s warming up (WOOHOO), but even in the winter, the dry air means a load of laundry I do in the evening is usually dry by morning. It also saves a bit of money and energy, which is a bonus. Take it down before it’s 100% dry to avoid that stiff cardboard feel from over air drying. Drying on low is the next best thing for your fabric.
– Only wash clothing when it’s dirty. Which, with kids’ clothing is usually every single time they wear anything. But I can get away with having just two pairs of jeans because I only wash them when they’re actually dirty. (Or stretched out. Why do jeans always do that?)
– Wash in cold water to preserve color. This also saves a ton of energy. 90% of energy used in running a load of laundry is used to heat the water.
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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go sort my laundry.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.