Hi blogger friends. Not sure if anyone at all is still checking my blog since I haven't updated in months! I'm going to try and do better. I end up posting on Facebook instead of here but I want to change that.
Today I decided that you all might enjoy hearing some helpful tips from me on cleaning and laundry. These are some things I have found to be helpful and make life easier.
I used to dread washing my towels and other linens. I used to wash towels, wash cloths, hand towels and underwear all together. Because I wait until all our linens are dirty before I wash them...I would have at least 4 loads and each load would take forever to fold. Now I have a new strategy, which is actually advice from my Mom.
The first 3 loads, I wash towels only. I take my huge basket which holds about 5 loads of dirty laundry and I pull out the towels and leave everything else in there. When each load is done, I can fold the load of towels in about 5 minutes. I fold all towels and put them away immediately.
After the big towels are done, I wash all the underwear, white socks, wash cloths and hand towels in one load! (I use bleach and hot water for all of these and the towels.) I can just pour the small things out of the bottom of the basket which is also a time-saver.
Now I have only ONE annoying load to fold. I put my clean basket on the floor in front of the dryer and toss the clean load in. Then I stand at my kitchen island and watch tv online and fold for about 20 minutes.
One key I have found to keeping the laundry done and not dreading it - is to PUT IT AWAY IMMEDIATELY. Except for the towels I mentioned above, anytime I do laundry, I put the entire load away immediately. It always seems like so much going in the washer but after folding, it's one small stack. As I fold clothes, I stack them according to the person they belong to. Then I put them all together and quickly put them in the proper drawers. I used to completely fill up my kitchen island with clean laundry and think, "I'll put all this away when everything is clean." Then that would never happen! I would leave the clean laundry on the counter until we had worn all the clothes! When something isn't working for me, I try to re-strategize. Putting each load away causes me to have to go up the stairs about 8 times in one day on my laundry day but you know what? I need the exercise!
Another thing I do to make it go quicker is I keep hangers right by the dryer. As I take each item out of the dryer, I hang the items that need hanging and fold as I described above. If something needs to hang to dry, I put that on a hanger and then hang it up on my bedroom doors.
I promise you these steps will make your laundry process go smoother and quicker. Staying on top of the laundry really helps me be happier because I don't have that nagging feeling of being behind!