.Laundry. The mere mention of the world sends waves of anxiety and dread up many of our spines. This never-ending chore seems to be the one that we can never truly check off our to-do lists.
Do you have piles of laundry waiting to be folded on your living room sofa? Or are the laundry baskets in every member of your family’s bedrooms overflowing all of the time? Does it seem to take you two days to move the wet clothes from the washing machine to the dryer? Here are some simple tips to help keep all of the laundry piles in your home at bay.
Try to do a load of laundry everyday
Think to yourself, “a load a day keeps the piles away.” It sounds silly and simple, but it’s quite honestly true. Sure, it’s a lot to do a load of laundry per day. Most of us are busy with work, our families and other household things that need to be done. But simply adding the load to your to do list will really help alleviate the angst that can occur when you have mountains and mountains of laundry to do after not doing it for several days. By doing a load of laundry per day, you will also keep most of your family’s clothes in rotation at all times. So that favorite sweater of your daughter’s or your son’s favorite concert tee will almost always be clean for them to wear so it helps alleviate the, “Mom where’s my (insert favorite clothing item here)?” questions.
Ask yourself if it really needs to be washed?
Does that shirt you wore once out to run errands quickly really need to be washed right now? Can you wear it again another day? Ask yourself this with every piece of clothing that gets tossed mindlessly into the hamper. Encourage your family to do the same too. By simply wearing an article of clothing more than once you will cut down on the amount of laundry. Added bonus, the less you run your washing machine and dryer, the more you are doing to help out the environment. So, you can feel good about wearing that sweater two days in a row!
As if you really needed another excuse to go shopping right? But seriously, go out and beef up your wardrobe a little bit! The more clothes you have to choose from, the less pressure that is placed on you to rapidly wash, dry and fold items so that you actually have clothes to wear. Take the whole family out to the local mall and make a day of it! It’ll be a fun outing and just think of it as an investment in your sanity since it will help stretch out laundry cycles.
Consider outsourcing the chore
If you are finding it harder and harder to keep up with the amount of laundry in your home, maybe it’s time to think about letting it be someone else’s problem? Sure, this won’t be possible for everyone since it is an added bill to your overall budget. But for some it might just be worth the dough. On average, it costs about$0.75 to $3.00 per pound of laundry for a cleaning service. Not every area has this, but many do. This option will all be a matter of necessity, desire and affordability to each individual person.
Guest Writer Britt LeBoeuf is a married mother of two young kids from northern NY. She is a writer, television enthusiast and lover of cats. You can find her at her blog The Bomb Sahm.