Some tips on how I survive this vicious attack from our clothes.
How do you keep your head above the clothes line? Here is the secret to having the cleanest, most “Pinterest” worthy laundry room. Lean in real close… ya ready?
Repeat after me…
I will never be done with laundry, unless we join a nudest colony.
Think about it. As you are placing the last of those matchless socks in the dryer, you are currently wearing clothes. Unless you plan on going in the nude to car pickup, you will have clothes to clean when you get back home. Although, I am not writing this because my laundry room and systems are perfect. In fact I am the problem in the system. Operator error, and I’m the operator to those machines. Although, having a routine will help.
Here’s my post on Instagram that shows me hiding from my laundry! Can you find me in all the photos?
Come out from hiding!
So now that we have all agreed that laundry is inevitable, it is time to get some systems in place. Not everyone’s system will look like mine. Mine has changed over the years. Then changed recently, when we moved into a two story home. My kids no longer share a closet and/or dresser. I will link my older laundry post that was great at the time. Having three kids in four years, really makes that pile grow rapidly. Especially, since they are all boys who love dirt. Now we have 3.4 billion clothes and I keep Marie Kondo-ing and stuff keeps multiplying.
Let’s get washing!!
- One load a day – I keep dreaming this will happen. Remember, I am a stay at home mom and I still don’t get this done everyday. Although, when I do, it is LIFE changing. This means washing, drying, folding…. AND PUTTING AWAY. Yes, put them away. As I am typing this, I have a pile on my bed and chair in my bedroom. I keep trying to get fired from this dreadful job, but no one has given me a pink slip yet. When the clothes sit out for too long, my kids mess them up, and they tend to find their way all over the house. MONROE is the worst at this.
- Collapsible basket for each child – This was crucial for me. Not just a regular basket. This one I can lug them up the stairs and the big boys can collapse the baskets to take back downstairs. I bought mine on Amazon.
Tip: I keep a spray bottle with water to get wrinkles out. Just spray the item then toss it in the dryer for 5 minutes. VOILA… wrinkle free
- The kids unload their own baskets – Don’t underestimate your children’s ability to put their clothes away. My 4 and 3 year old do and started when they were two. Even the baby helps do his. He mainly watches and unfolds everything, as it is put into the drawer. Also, they will take ownership of their own closet and bedroom.
- Mesh bags – These are used to contain the kids’ socks. I buy the bags randomly and have no specific one that is perfect. I used to have the kids place them in the bag, but we didn’t keep up with it. Now, I keep the bags by the detergent. When I come to socks I just start a bag and dump it out after they dry on the counter. They boys surprisingly like to match socks.
- Add color and fun – Why not make it inviting? I spend a lot of time in my laundry room and it’s the first thing you see when you enter from our garage.
*Remember. You have to live in the space.
Your home is not a magazine. *
And if it is, don’t invite my kids over!
Check out this FREE printable and tips by my friend, Lani, from All My Good Things Blog.
Cypress Reno: Details
Wall color: Summer Shower Benjamin Moore
Cabinet color: Philipsburg Blue Benjamin Moore
Counter tops: quartz
Hacks for Laundry
Enjoy your chaos!
Bless your heart,