Last week I started The Organised Housewife’s 20 Days to Organised and Clean Your Home challenge. I’d love to say I’ve kept up with all the tasks and my house is looking schmick, but let’s be realistic. After all, it isn’t called 20 Days to a Completely Change Your Personality.
However, one room which has had a good going over so far is the laundry. It amazes me how this one tiny, little room is the source of so much angst and disgruntlement.
If we ever built a house I would take the greatest pleasure in designing the laundry. There would be a long bench for sorting and folding, inbuilt colour-coded hampers, a fold out ironing board…
But I digress. What I do have is a tiny space and a large apathy for laundry.
I had enough trouble keeping abreast of the wash, dry, fold, repeat cycle when there was just two of us, but now there are five, I’m drowning in a sea of tiny underpants and mismatched socks.
I must say that one of the best things I’ve found about The Organised Housewife’s challenge so far is the Facebook group of participants. That group is like a homemaker’s brain trust. You can look at all the idealistic Pins and blog posts on the net for inspiration but at the end of the day, a person like me needs workable, easily adopted solutions. To be able to see what other women who are in a similar position have come up with to make life easier is truly inspirational. The best part is, they are often ridiculously simple!
At the end of the challenge I’ll share my overall favourite tips and tricks but I just couldn’t wait to show you two great laundry hacks, newly implemented in our home.
The first one is for sorting smalls. If I calculated how much time I spend sifting through baskets looking for missing socks I’d… well, I’d be very depressed.
I am also forever getting scolded for mixing up the boys’ undies. Considering they share a room and a wardrobe I’m not sure why this is a big deal, but it is!
One of the group shared this awesome idea:
A washable smalls bag (avail absolutely anywhere) labelled and hung up on the laundry wall so the boys can do the sorting as soon as the clothes come off. The advantages of this are 3-fold (pardon the pun).
1. The laundry bag can be washed and dried as-is with all smalls staying together. Note: I’m ultra lazy and generally use the drier for smalls. Mainly because we have a small washing line and, well, I’m lazy. If you hang them up, you would simply sort the smalls back into the bag as you took them off the line.
2. The boys are learning life skills that will last an eternity. You’re welcome future daughter/son-in-laws!
3. I don’t have to touch smelly boy-jocks!
The other trick is for sorting the kids’ clothes once they are off the line. My boys actually like folding their own clothes but when they are jumbled in with the rest of the wash, it becomes a bit of a sorting nightmare if I don’t get to Mt Foldmore for a week or so.
Enter these little gems.
Two simple pop-up hampers, one each, which I sort their washing directly into. The hamper gets put on their beds for them to fold and put away. Huzzah!
As you can see, these solutions aren’t sophisticated or costly but the time and energy they will save me in the laundry is priceless!!
Do you get your kids involved in doing the laundry? What tricks to you use to make life easier when tackling Mt Washmore?