Doing laundry is something we all have to do at some point during the week. The only other option is to head out to the clothing store to buy all new things. Since most of us do not have the budget to do that, it is much better to find a way to make doing laundry easier so it is not so much of a chore when that fateful day finally arrives.
Sort It As You Dirty It
Sorting through dirty laundry often merely reminds you why you hate this chore so much. Why not buy two or even three laundry baskets so the laundry can be easily sorted as it is used? Keep the whites in one basket, colors in another, and you can even separate delicates or other types of clothing, perhaps things that need to be hand washed. This makes the next tip even easier!
Break It Up During the Week
Why are you spending an entire day doing laundry when you can break it up throughout the week to make it less time consuming and at least give it the appearance of being easier. If you use the first tip, you can simply do a different basket on a different day. This way, you are maybe spending an hour or two washing, drying, and folding clothing instead of having your entire day ruined.
Integrate Other Household Chores During Laundry Time
If you are the type of person that sits on the sofa and pouts while the washer and dryer are running, it is time to add something to the schedule to occupy your time. You should have about a half hour of free time while the loads are running, so do the dishes, clean the windows, or go food shopping. Anything to keep you busy and to keep your mind off laundry day. Do a task that you actually enjoy so your day is not ruined by the fact that you are doing laundry.
Get the Kids Involved
If you hate doing laundry that much, why not delegate the task to the kids as part of their weekly chores. Have them do it with you the first couple of times so you feel comfortable allowing them to do it on their own and then it is merely following up on them or helping them out a little bit during the folding phase. Keep in mind that detergents are not something to be treated lightly, so this is more of a task for a teen rather than an eight or nine year old.
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