This post has been sponsored by Procter & Gamble Fabric Care. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Do you ever feel like laundry is taking over your life?
When Lincoln was born, it seemed like adding one eight pound baby tripled our laundry loads. There were ALWAYS dirty clothes to wash (or dirty sheets or a million burp cloths). I feel like I spent half our day sitting in the hall outside the laundry closet sorting and folding clothes while chatting with a babbling baby.
Four years later, toddlers create almost as much laundry as babies (especially when they insist on changing back into pajamas each time they come home).
Today, we’re talking about ways to to make laundry a little bit easier—especially if you have kids around.
Laundry Adulting Tips
Find a schedule that works for you:
Some people love having a day dedicated to laundry, but I did 6 loads yesterday and it took up far too much of the day. For us, it works to throw in a load in the morning most days, transfer it to the dryer around lunch, and put it away once the kids are winding down in bed. It means laundry is always a part of our day, but I never feel like it is taking up more than 3 minutes here or there. We also don’t have huge laundry bins in our tiny apartment, so it means the one I share with the kids never gets too full. Doing laundry more regularly also means clothes are less likely to get stained because they aren’t sitting soiled for so long.
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I get that, in theory, clothes last longer and colors stay more vibrant if you diligently sort clothes into whites, darks, and coloreds. But you know what? We stopped sorting almost entirely four years ago, and I haven’t noticed a difference.
Sort out your whites and everything else, and wash your other clothes on cold to prevent colors from bleeding over. If you have a new dark item, like a dark rinse pair of jeans, wash them separately the first time or two to prevent them from bleeding over to the rest of your clothes. But other than that, skip the tedious sorting and save a few minutes of your life.
If you have laundry bins with different sections that allow you to sort as you go, that’s great. With 740 square feet between the four of us, the kids and I share one small laundry bin and there isn’t much floor space to spare.
Give kids assignments:
Like a lot of things, this will likely be more work at first. It is definitely faster for me to do all the laundry by myself sometimes than to get kids involved, but here are a few simple ways kids as young as 1 or 2 can help with laundry
- Gather dirty clothes and put them in the hamper.
- Unload the hamper into the washing machine (if you have a front facing washer they can reach). *this has been Adelaide’s favorite job since she was 18 months
- Sort clothes by family member (my 2 and 4 year old love helping determine which item belongs to which family member and putting it in the appropriate pile).
- Match socks
- Sort and put away own clothes into bins (see kid’s clothing hack)
Put dirty clothes straight into the washing machine:
If you get spaghetti sauce on something, skip the laundry bin and put it straight into the washer. Did you just get home from a really sweaty workout? Put the clothes straight into the washer.
Not only will this keep bad laundry smells in your room at bay, but it means the items with the biggest need to be washed (tough stains, foul odors) will get washed the soonest.
So I want to know, are you one of those people that does a load a day or saves all your washing for one day of the week? Do you hate doing laundry or love it? Leave me any of your laundry hacks below!
**Kid’s clothes hack: In the kid’s closet, we have a cube shelf with four sections. Above it, I hang dress shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, coats, dresses, etc. Below it, each child gets three bins; one for bottoms, one for tops, and one for pajamas/underwear. If I’m feeling like it’s too unorganized, I’ll Marie Kondo
fold the clothes within the bins. But with kids who are trying to dress themselves, this never lasts long. We’ve just mostly embraced the chaos. Even our two year old can figure out which bin her clean clothes go in.