Save Time: 5 Steps To An Organized Laundry System!


Laundry (Photo credit: Bilal Kamoon)

Doing laundry can seem like such a hassle, and for some families like a never ending task! Regain control of your laundry, get organized, and spend more time doing things you actually enjoy. To get started follow our 5 steps to a more organized laundry system.

  1. The first step in establishing a laundry system is to take stock and answer these questions:
    • How many people are in your household?
    • How many loads of laundry do you accumulate in a week on average?
    • How often do you wash linens, napkins, etc.?
    • Where do you store your dirty clothes, and how big is your laundry space?
    • How often do you need to do laundry to prevent running out of clothes?
  2. Once you have thought about the answers to the questions above you can pick a dirty laundry storage solution that works for your lifestyle. Some things to consider are the number of hampers, placement of hampers, and type of hampers you want to use. If it’s just you, or you and a significant other in the house you will likely keep all your dirty clothes together in one area. If you have children, you may also put laundry hampers in their rooms, or opt for a communal system in a shared bathroom. Space is a big consideration here, so pick the location and number that works for your home. In our apartment, where space is a premium and we only have a tiny laundry closet, we opted for two hanging hampers and placed them over our bedroom door (one is for linens and one is for clothing). It is best if space allows for you to designate one basket to darks, one to lights/whites, and one to delicates which means you only sort laundry once! 
  3. Organize your laundry room or closet. Use hooks, storage racks, and hang rods to keep detergent, ironing boards, and stain removers handy while keeping clutter at bay in the laundry room. If you are tight on cash look for some of these organizational goodies at your local goodwill or thrift shop! You’d be surprised what you can find—we snagged an ironing board, iron, and cleaner organizer for $2! Hanging a rod above the washer/dryer allows you to directly hang clothes as you remove them, keeping them wrinkle free and reducing the need to iron!
  4. Create a designated workspace for laundry. Keep a surface clear at all times and designate it for folding clothes. If you find things are always piling up here install a folding table on a wall that is collapsed except when you are doing laundry. Keep a jar near the washing machine for loose change and other pocket items. Get a fold-up drying rack for delicates that you can pull out as needed, and consider keeping a small plastic tub nearby for hand-washing delicates if space permits.
  5. Set a laundry schedule, and do at least one to two loads per week. If you have a big family and are doing a lot of laundry, set a firm schedule (be sure to leave off days) that laundry will be completed. Have everyone chip in by sorting and bringing their clothes to the laundry room.

If you follow these steps you should be able to find a laundry system solution that works for you and your lifestyle. It won’t completely eliminate your laundry, but it will help you streamline so you can spend more time doing the stuff you love! Do you have any laundry system tips that have worked for you? Share them with us and our readers!

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