Our laundry routine
Do you have a never ending folding pile? Do you hate to iron? Would you like a more simplified and streamlined laundry system? Well then our laundry routine might be for you. This system has been the biggest time saver in our home. Previous to implementing our laundry routine I despised doing laundry, I hated ironing and I felt constantly behind. The issue for me was folding the washing and putting it away. That’s when we came up with this system – well actually Tim came up with it. I will share a step by step guide to implementing our laundry routine in your house and some hints and tricks I have learnt along the way.
Steps to follow
· Firstly convert as much as possible in your house to hanging. Have the capability in your cupboards to hang as many clothing items as possible – shorts, pants, shirts etc.
· Next head to the shops to purchase some affordable essentials. I bought our clothes rack from Kmart however I couldn’t find it on their website at the moment. This is a similar one from Bunnings. We use wooden shirt hangers and wooden pant hangers for Tim and my clothes. For the boy’s clothes we use also use wooden shirt hangers – we purchased ours from Kmart however I haven’t seen them there for some time - Similar can be found at IKEA. We also hang their shorts and pants, for these we use metal clip hangers that were purchased from Kmart. We use the wooden hangers because they are varnished and we felt this would be better to hang wet clothes on. Alternatively you could easily use plastic hangers or ones that you already have. All underwear and socks get hung onto a peg airer that we purchased from Kmart.
· I put my washing on with the intention of hanging it out soon after the cycle is finished. This reduces the possibility of creases.
· I take it out of the washing machine, I flick it out (again reduce the possibility of creases) and hang it on the hanger.
· I pop the hanger onto our clothes rack and then leave it to dry either in our garage (that has windows and ventilation) or I wheel it out into the sun to dry.
· When the washing is dry or I am ready to put it away it is a very easy process of just grabbing the hangers and putting them straight into the cupboards.
Some Hints and Tips
· Create a routine for doing laundry – decide when laundry will work best in your home. Find time for 10 minutes of laundry, twice a day. If you can create a habit you will do things automatically and it will become less effort.
· If possible, delegate to other members of your family – including kids! They might be able to collect the washing off the rack and put it away.
· Ensure you’re not creating extra washing accidentally – teach the children to hang towels back up, put pyjamas out to wear the next day and hang jumpers back up.
· If you sort washing by colour, think about investing in a divided hamper.
· Work towards having two sets of bedding for each bed. We hang all bed linen outside on our clothesline. Having two sets of bedding means I can remake the bed while the other set is being washed and dried.
· Make it easy to identify the underwear and socks that belong to each child in your family. Perhaps one child likes boy-leg underwear and the other likes briefs, or you might buy different brands of underwear (one child wears Bonds and another wears Rio underwear). With socks one child might have green socks and the other blue socks. This way when you are putting the laundry away it is even easier to quickly and accurately put it in the correct persons cupboard.
· There are some things that we do not hang on hangers – this includes pyjamas, gym clothes, towels and sheets. These are hung on our traditional clothes line, we just take them straight off the line, fold them and put away.
· If you don’t have the space to use the clothes rack inside your home you may like to try the Hang Tight Clothesline Clips. We purchased some from Big W, however I cannot find them on the website today, try Mitre 10 or Howard’s Storage World though as their website has them in stock. These little gems clip onto your washing line and allow you to hang the clothes hanger through the bottom hole and they won’t move around or fly off the line.
What I love most about this system is that if I do not have time to put the clothing away that day it doesn’t get creased from sitting in the washing basket. This means we barely do any ironing. In fact I would say our ironing has reduced by 90%. Life-changing in our home!
I would love to hear how the system works for you!