Dispel the wash day blues with these 10 quick and easy tips that will show you how to make laundry day easier step-by-step.
How to Make Laundry Day Easier One Step at a Time
Doing the laundry doesn’t have to be a drudge, especially when you streamline the process with these super easy step-by-step tips:
Step 1: Presort Your Clothes
Sure you can throw all of your laundry into one basket, but why? You know you have to sort through your dirty laundry before you wash, to avoid any accidental color bleeding, so why not cut to the chase from the start and sort as you go.
In our house we use a two-hamper approach: one hamper for white things and another for dark. We used to have a third hamper for delicates, but since this isn’t a necessity at this point, we saved space (and time) by sticking to the 2-hamper system.
Laundry Tip: Regardless of what you use as a hamper, be sure that it allows air to flow between its contents. This saves on musty smelling clothes, socks and towels. And, if you purchase one with air holes or even a mesh hamper, you’ll save money on having to replace everyday items that no longer have that fresh clean smell.
Step 2: Make Your Laundry It’s Own Workstation
Maximize your laundry by thinking of it as a workstation. It does have great potential, especially if you have ample wall space and the use of the top surfaces of the washer and dryer. Try using a system of shelving and hanging options that will allow you to not only handle folded clothes and towels efficiently but also delicates, as well. (See Step 3)
Step 3: Hang-Dry Whenever Possible
Take inspiration from Step 2 and use your wall space to the limit by hanging easily wrinkled clothing and delicates to dry. This will save time on ironing later and could, in some cases, reduce shrinkage.
Step 4: Keep It Light
Since this is a hard working room of your home, be sure to have ample light and ventilation. This way, you won’t feel so closed in while you are doing your tasks and you’ll breathe better with no mold and mildew present.
Step 5: Use Baskets
Just like the hamper system mentioned in Step 1, you’ll want to invest in a couple of open-aired laundry baskets to allow air to circulate your freshly folded wash. But this isn’t the only basket you should be using in your laundry. Canvas and wicker baskets are perfect when you need corral your laundry soap, stain sticks and more.
Laundry Tip: Compartmentalize your laundry cleaning supplies by using separate baskets. For example, use one basket for all of your ironing supplies (sans iron–this needs to completely cool before storing in any tight space), another for your laundry soap, and another for cleaning supplies. This will help you manage the mess in a way that not only looks good but also helps you find what you need in a jiffy.
Step 6: Step It Up
If you utilize a shelf system as mentioned in Step 2, don’t forget to include a step stool. This is essential because, while your laundry may look really neat and clean with all those shelves, it won’t do you any good if you can’t reach them.
Step 7: Stack It
Keep everything in its place and by priority. Those things that you use on a daily basis keep at eye level and arm’s reach. Those items that you don’t need regularly should be stored higher up.
Step 8: Add Surface Space
You’ll find that side-by-side washer/dryer units can easily be transformed into a perfect folding station by using an all-in-one work surface (see below) or by cutting and installing a customized countertop fit to size with the help of a handyman.
Laundry Tip: If you’re short on space and/or funds, give a counter gap cover a try. It works just the same as it does in your kitchen but in this instance, place it between your washer and dryer. Whola! instant countertop for the price of two lattes from your favorite coffee shop.
Step 9: Use a Pillowcase Wash Bag
A pillowcase wash bag is just the ticket when you want (or need) something to handle hard-to-wash items. I’ve used this to clean shower curtains–liner, kid’s toys, shower curtains–hooks and all, socks (keeps pairs together), delicates (think lingerie) and more.
Laundry Tip: Lost a sock? Highlight the one you do have until you find the missing pair with this super cute sock clip wall hanging.
Step 10: Don’t Forget the Door
Finally, don’t forget to put your laundry door to work. You can install over-the-door hooks, clothes hangers and even a hang an ironing board with all it’s supplies. Now that’s what I call NEAT and CLEAN!
And, here’s a nifty infographic to help you make laundry easier step by step. Be sure to PIN it for later.
Love these quick and easy laundry ideas? You’ll find more on my Pinterest Board: Cleaning Ideas from Wisconsin Homemaker.