When organizing the laundry room, weed out any old products that were purchased impulsively and never used. Give them to a friend or neighbor and reclaim your valuable storage space.
Design your laundry room to work for you not against you. Make sure there is ample shelving to store laundry products.
Search out your local closet design dealer and invest in the epoxy coated wire shelving used for closet design. The laundry shelves are designed to straddle directly over the washer and dryer to maximize your needs if you are perplexed in locating additional shelving space. These shelves also contain areas for storing supplies, irons and hangers.
If you are unable to leave an ironing board setup continuously in a laundryroom, consider investing in a simple stainless steel ironing hanger. These nifty hangers straddle any door top and utilize the dead space behind the door. There is a designated area for the iron and ironing board.
Create a designated laundry day(s) if you are challenged in keeping up with the high volume of laundry in your home.
Let all family members know the time you will be starting the day before.
Create designated areas for whites, coloreds and fine washables and have family members pre-sort their own laundry.
If your household demands more frequent wash loads, consider doing a load of laundry at night prior to retiring.
Put the clothes in the dryer first thing in the next morning, In this manner you can feasibly schedule the time to be around when it's time to do the folding.
Take the time to fold all laundry when it comes out of the dryer - you will have less wrinkles and considerably ease your ironing task. Remember, it only takes an average of 10 minutes to fold a load of laundry and takes approximately 10 minutes to iron one item of clothing that was left to wrinkle.
- When folding sheets and linens get in the habit of folding them neatly and all in the same direction. It actually takes less time to fold it neatly than it does to ball items up in a semblance of folding.
By investing the time to fold linens in a consistent manner storing and stacking in your linen closet becomes much easier.
When linens are stored in a consistent manner (all going in the same direction) retrieving any given item is far easier. In this manner you can see what you are searching for far easier and taking one item instead of two or three tag-alongs is avoided.
OK supermoms and dads ...we have an optimum solution to your laundry days: delegate the laundry chore to the kids!
Kids really love to help out, and are actually quite capable of this task. Sometimes we are too uptight with "perfection" to let go of many chores that others in the household are quite capable of performing.
Invest the initial time instructing kids on the "hows and whys" of laundry sorting, water temperatures and dryer requirements.
Create a chart for them to follow that may answer any questions in your absence. (This is especially useful if they get ambitious and you are unavailable).
If you feel hesitant in turning over the household laundry duties to the kid sat first -- let them practice this task on their own clothes first. When you feel confident, release the entire responsibility to them.
Teaching kids to do the laundry at an early age is quite empowering. Sooner or later they will need to learn this skill (hopefully prior to high school or college).
By delegating the task to the kids (starting with the"chewable chunks" of doing their own laundry) you will be freeing up some of your valuable time,sharing an important life skill and encouraging them to take on more responsibility rather than continually holding you accountable to fulfill all their daily needs.
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