Years ago, when my family consisted of just me and way too many clothes, I could go weeks without doing laundry. Now, in a home with five others (including one little girl who loves to change her clothes!), I’m lucky if I can go a day.
If the laundry is neglected it doesn’t take long before the laundry room becomes a complete and total mess, and we’re wading through piles of clothes, which is why laundry hacks have become a necessity in our home.
Keeping it Simple
Not long after my son was born we developed eczema, and we were told that a common cause of skin irritation is exposure to fragrances and chemicals in laundry detergent. I had no idea.
Using different detergents for different people didn’t make sense. We didn’t want to risk our son using the wrong blanket and having a flare up so we switched to one detergent to keep things simple, which is just one reason all free clear is so great. He can live free from sensitive skin worries because all free clear is 100% hypoallergenic and the #1 recommended detergent by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians. It’s 100% free of dyes and perfumes, gentle on skin, and safe for all washing machines.
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*As with any household detergent, please remember to keep out of reach of children
I like to sort clothing by person, if possible. If each person doesn’t have enough lights or darks to make a full load I’ll combine laundry, but sorting by person makes it easier for us to fold and put away.
When I’m sorting clothes after the laundry has been cleaned I tend to make piles by person and clothing type on the kitchen table. All of my daughter’s clothing may be on the left side of the table and then all of her shirts, pants, socks, etc. will be in separate piles which makes it easy to gather in a basket and put away when she’s in her bedroom.
Baskets, Hangers, and Drawers
When my husband and I got married, I became a mom overnight, and my laundry pile tripled! For years, I’d get frustrated by my stepson’s messy drawers and how my husband would fold towels. (I know, I sound like a joy to live with, right?)
I eventually waved the white flag of surrender and decided it didn’t really matter how the towels were folded, but my son’s dresser was a different story. I didn’t want his clothes to look wrinkled and messy so we changed our strategy and started hanging up all of his nice clothes instead. Now only socks, underwear, and pajamas go in his dresser. Everything else gets hung up in his closet, which has helped put an end to the laundry wars.
Using baskets, hangers, and drawers are great, but they should be used in a way that works for your family. Growing up (and still now), I love a beautifully organized drawer. Who would’ve thought a six year old boy wouldn’t have had the same affection for perfectly folded linens? Once I finally got it through my (stubborn) head that it didn’t really matter if our drawers resembled those of a store we were able to create a system that works for us, and that’s how these tools should be used. They should be making our lives easier, not making us feel like we have to conform to a certain way of doing things (even if it’s the way we might prefer).
Now that we’re hanging up so many clothes, I’m finding it’s easiest to hang them as they’re removed from the dryer. This helps to prevent wrinkles and the laundry mountain that likes to form on our floor. However, hanging up six peoples’ worth of clothing can quickly become overwhelming. To make each person’s clothes easier to find, I’m going to start using colored hangers..
No More Lost Socks
Lost socks just seem to be one of life’s mysteries. Where do they all go? How do so many get away?
Well here’s a great trick for not losing any more. Put your socks in a mesh bag! This will keep the pairs together so they’re easier to match and prevent socks from going missing. Afterall, no sock wants to be without its sole mate.
Those are some of our favorite laundry tricks for keeping things under control. What are your favorite laundry hacks for famillies?