Organizing Your Laundry Room To Save You Time by Tina Gleisner

Do you have a system that you can use to save time when doing laundry? These tips on doing the laundry will help you share laundry tasks with every member of the family, to either eliminate steps or do them more efficiently. Your laundry room might be right next to the kitchen but it seems like you’re always running around to gather the dirty clothes, wash and dry them, iron (yes some people still iron), hang the clothes up or fold and put them away.
Laundry is one of the chores we do that NEVER ends! If for some reason you miss a day or three, the laundry pile can look like a monster – the kind that makes you want to run. Now, let’s get to work gathering the laundry, from the floor through the laundry room and back to the drawers/closets.
Tell Everyone to Sort Their Own Dirty Laundry
It’s much easier to sort a few clothes at a time, so why not ask everyone to sort their clothes as they put them into the hamper, separating by color and type of clothes? We are avoiding a huge pile of clothes in one laundry hamper.
Put a divided hamper in each child’s room and let them separate colors from white.
Teens and adults can use the same divided hamper. Tell them that if the laundry is not in the hamper then it won’t get done. You could also teach your teens how to do their own laundry which they’ll have to do when they go away to camp or college.
Keep several baskets in your laundry area and ask family members to bring their laundry to the laundry room. They can easily empty their hampers into the appropriately marked baskets.
Keep Laundry Supplies Organized
Once the laundry is sorted, it’s time to get the washing started. Here are tips for organizing your laundry area to save time while washing and putting clothes away as who likes hunting for that missing sock. Pin loose socks together so you don’t end up with single, lost and forlorn socks. You may want to put a sock basket to stop wasting time hunting for missing socks. This tip saves time – no more sorting sock, then pairing them up and searching for the missing ones.
Keep a basket near the washer with supplies you use for laundry. You’ll save time when you don’t have to look for the stain remover, clothespins or hooks for hanging items that don’t go in the dryer, mesh laundry bags for small or fine lingerie, etc.
Avoid Doing Things Twice
When you buy your next washer or dryer, get one with an alarm that tells you when the laundry is ready to be removed. Once you hear the dryer buzzer, you’ll save time by removing and finishing up the job right away.
Avoid doing things twice by hanging things up right away versus putting them in a basket, to be hung or folded later. Keep hangers in your laundry area and if you’re short on room, use one of these door hanger bars.
Invest in a few small baskets, one for each family member. Fold and put clothes in the basket by person, in effect sorting as you fold. Then ask family members take their baskets and hanging clothes to their rooms, and put them away … in their drawers!

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