Dirty Laundry Tips

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When I got pregnant with Elena and then Kyla so many things occurred to me about what it would be like to have another baby in the house a 4th little person. What didn’t occur to me is how much that one littler person can add to the laundry pile. With the holidays right around the corner I always feel like we have a million things to do which means I have to be on top of the laundry. No one wants their guests smelling dirty piles of laundry and no one wants to run out of things to wear!

I loathe doing the laundry. I could put it in the wash and put it in the dryer all day long

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but folding? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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I would pay someone to fold and put away my laundry.

Any takers?

I didn’t think so.

I just feel like it takes up so much of my time. In reality it may not but it feels like it does and when I’m already so busy it’s just not something that I want to do. But alas it has to get done.

And done it gets.

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Over the last couple of months I’ve been doing things to make doing the laundry easier on me.

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1. Everybody’s clothes gets separated. B has his own loads of laundry, I have my own and the kids share one. This makes it easier when folding and putting away. Instead of a million mini piles with everyone’s clothes I have 2-3 piles with just one person’s clothes!

2. Keep the loads small. This works for two reason, when I go to fold I know I only have 15-20 individual pieces to fold and on top of that it helps keep the wrinkles at bay which means I don’ t have to iron. WIN. As a note–I put a little more in the kids clothes since they’re smaller. So more like 20-25!

3. Doing one load every day. Doing a load every day sounds annoying right? Well, it is. BUT eventually it should get to the point where you should only have to do a load every 2-3 days. Which isn’t so bad. The goal? Stay on top of your laundry. Ideally the laundry baskets should rarely if ever be full to the top.

ย 4. Use a detergent that works, the first time. For a while I was trying a laundry detergent that just wasn’t doing the job. And if I accidentally left the stuff in the wash for longer than what seemed like 5 minutes it would start to smell.

5. Involve the kids. Mason actually enjoys doing the laundry, well mainly the parts I don’t mind, putting clothes into the washer and then into the dryer but the earlier I teach him the earlier he can do his own laundry which means I’ll have less laundry to do. AND?! Some woman down the line will love me for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

These aren’t mind blowing tips, I know. BUT do you follow them!? If you’re anything like me (or who I used to be and sometimes still am) I’m sure the answer is NO!

Follow these, you’ll see a change and you’ll love it!

 

armandhammerdetergentThis post was sponsored by Arm & Hammerโ€™s Ultra Power 4X concentrated laundry detergent. Arm & Hammer is my go to laundry detergent and has been for quite some time. I love that it’s inexpensive but also gets the job done. I was excited when I was sent the new Ultra Power 4x concentrated laundry detergent. It comes in a small bottle which helps save space in our not so large house but still does the job it needs to do. Everything smells nice and fresh coming out of the washer and dryer which makes me feel confidant that my whole house smells nice and fresh too. Which is perfect for when holiday guests come over!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Great tips! I hate hate hate laundry – we have 2 kids, also. And it’s a vicious cycle because if I take a day off because I HATE IT SO MUCH, then it’s just that much worse the next day. My husband likes to pile clothes from the dryer on the dining room table – so it’s all a wrinkled mess all piled together – and then another room of our home is messy. AH! It doesn’t help at all. I wash all our clothes together so I’m loving tip #1 – I will have to try that… I like the idea of only sorting the kids’ clothes at once… and my clothes and my husband’s separately… that’ll be easier!
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    • Christa says

      It makes it so much easier for me. Kid laundry is almost like cloth diaper laundry, it’s not so bad. But my laundry and SO’s laundry? For the birds.

      What your husband does with the dining room table? That’s what I do with Kyla’s crib. One giant laundry basket. But I’m following my own advice again and getting back on top of it!

  2. Beth R says

    I love your tips! I had never thought about dividing everyone’s clothes into their own load. That would save so much time when it comes to folding and putting away laundry. Definitely doing that tomorrow. More laundry ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Melody says

    Thanks for the tips. I hate sorting out everyone’s laundry so maybe I’ll just sort them into their own loads and do them on different days even!!

  4. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh GREAT tips! I love the idea of doing one load a day! Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the piles everyone brings down! I always do Carters separate, but really should do everyone elses too! Carter loves to help me with laundry from putting stuff in the wash…to pushing it in the dryer..and he LOVES playing the matching game with socks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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