Doing the Laundry. It is one of those thankless tasks. Just as you hang the last item in the closet, the cycle begins all over again, and again, and again.
Winter has our living room resembling a Chinese laundromat. Taking days to dry, whilst the next load awaits its turn.
There are so many layers to such an array of household duties.
So what if, by simply stripping away some of these layers, you could turn that laundry day frown upside down whilst also being more time efficient? Possibly even removing the use of a clothes dryer?
Sound too simple? Well it really is!!!
As with so many other tedious household tasks it’s all in the routine and the number of steps involved.
Here’s my top laundry tips:
- Have set days of the week for your categories of laundry.
For example wash ‘darks’ every second day then alternate between colours, whites, linen, towels, or woollen garments on the odd days.
- Rotate days/weeks. Especially with bed linen. I don’t know about you but washing and drying all 4 beds in one day is time I just don’t have.
- If your washer has a timer, load the machine the night before and set the timer so it has completed its cycle and ready to hang first thing in the morning or before bedtime.
- I always recommend my clients hang as many items as possible in their wardrobes….here’s why:
After the wash cycle – simply hang garments directly onto coat hangers to dry.
This process actually removes at least 3-4 processes
1. Basket 2. Pegging
3. Unpegging 4. Folding
Some other tips:
– Hang garment hangers on clothes horse above heating vents or in winter a sun-drenched room. Alternatively on a hanging rail in your laundry.
– Cover clothes horse with a sheet to create a cocoon which will speed up the drying process.
– Hang dry garment straight back into the wardrobe.
So simple even the kids can help.
Of course the less clothes you own – the less chance you’ll have to allow that washing to pile up.
Then of course there are just the undies and socks to take care of…..
I’d love to hear your top tips for tackling garments.
Clothes airer: These tower airers are my favourites with their handy drop down rungs which allows you to hang long and short lengths of your laundry as required. Very versatile!
Available from Kmart
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