How many of us love laundry? Anyone? No?
Don’t be surprise, I love laundry. Laundry management has been so effective Laundry management has been so effective to me that I just couldn’t wait the day to settle the pile of clothes to wash, dry, fold, hang, iron and put it away for my family to wearto me that I just couldn’t wait the day to settle the pile of clothes to wash, dry, fold, hang, iron and put it away for my family to wear. Wonder what is the secret? Delegate and set the time for each task. Let me walk you through the processes. Ready?
Limit your laundry baskets to 2 baskets around the house..or 3 only
Wonder why? Don’t you think walking around your house with laundry baskets placed in every bedroom plus laundry room plus (sometimes in bathrooms too!) is not tiring? I don’t know about you, could be it is good to exercise but for me when time is concern, I would rather find the most efficient way for me to function in my own environment. Place it at the center of where the activities involving clothes are likely to happen. I have 1 basket in between my kitchen and changing room downstairs where it is the most strategic place for my children to dump in their school and dirty clothes after coming back from school and play. It is near to the washing machine as well. Don’t forget to stand by their towels to wrap their bodies. This way, I will not have to go upstairs to pick up the dirty clothes in 3 different rooms. Second place where I put the basket is, upstairs, in the middle of our family room. This basket will only be filled during weekend. So, this basket is normally empty during weekdays. You should also consider the size of the baskets where you place it.
Set the day to wash the clothes, limit it to 2 times a week
You see, I use LIMIT word 2 times. Limit the basket, limit the day..because that is the whole idea. When you minimize your tasks to the most efficient way, you will find that limiting things are the key to making sure you are organized and happy! I wash only 2 times a week. So, my other tasks like folding, ironing, keeping it inside the wardrobe are very minimal. If only I crossed this rules, I will not be happy.
Delegate the laundry processes to your family members
Do you know what it means? Let us list down the laundry processes. Wash, dry, pick-up, fold, iron, place it in wardrobe or hang. 6 steps equivalent to 3-4 hours of laundrying. I can skip collecting dirty clothes since all the clothes will only be in 2 places. Even that, I already delegated to all family members including my 5-year-old son. Washing..that is the washing machine job. Drying..if you have dryer, then that is the dryer’s job. But if you dry your clothes under the sun, you have to hang it outside. That would be joint tasks between me and my husband. 2 adults and 3 kids clothes, you can imagine how many to hang. Next, picking-up is my 9-year-old daughter’s job or sometimes my husband’s. Folding, my job..I will fold the clothes right away after picking up to save time. I fold while watching my favorite crime scene series on television, drinking coffee while having a good chat with my family. Sounds good huh? Then, ironing..my job but only 1 day in a week. I don’t fold those clothes for ironing. I just hang them. Saved me a number of clothes to fold. Placing it in wardrobe, again, my 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son will put their clothes themselves while for mine & my husbands, my husband will put it away. There you go, everybody in the house are responsible for their clothes and your tasks is very LIMITED.
Group the clothes for 1 week for each child
Here’s the thing..My schooling children will have 5 to 10 pairs of school uniforms each. While my 5-year-old son goes to a nursery where they change clothes 3 times a day. Could you imagine how many clothes I deal with every week? Not counting my husband’s office attire, my office attire and so on. How do I manage these clothes? Like most housewives, I will iron all 5 days school and office wearing during weekend. Plus, I will also manage all 7 days nightwear for all my kids, including the undies. Putting them in 3 different baskets (I am planning to upgrade to small clothes organizer) and place it in the changing room. This way, they will not mess up the wardrobe just to find their pajamas or day wear. Again, I will iron all clothes while watching my favorite television series. You see, you can have your mini rest while doing your house chores. You just have to find the opportunity to do so.
By planning and organizing my children’s 7 days school and day wear in one place, they have limited access to their wardrobe and the tendency of getting nightmare when opening children’s wardrobe is also minimized.
My family is well aware that once I have the clothes in front of the television, it is time for mommy to watch her movie or TV series. They’ll tolerate because they know that’s the only time to mommy to catch up her breath.
Try it..you can train your toddler as young as 3 years old to put their own clothes into laundry basket. It’ll help a lot.