Laundry Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

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Having to keep up with laundry is understandably one of people’s least favorite chores to perform. Having to separate clothes by color or item type; load the washing machine; Transfer a heavy heap of cold, damp clothes to the dryer, then having to organize, fold, hang, and put away all of those clothes away… just the thought of it all is exhausting!

Unless you have the means to hire someone to take care of your dirty underthings, you have no choice but to get used to this tedious but necessary chore. Perhaps these tips will help to make things go a bit more smoothly.

Don’t save laundry for weekends
It seems like everyone saves the chore of washing clothes for the weekend, right? Why is that? Well, it’s obviously when most people have the most free time to get it done. But consider changing your mindset just a little here. Do you actually look forward to doing laundry on the weekend? Probably not. So why keep subjecting yourself to it? Instead, get those loads washed and dried during the week. Throw a load in the washer when you get home from work and toss it in the dryer after dinner. Look at you! A load of laundry done before bed, and more importantly, before the weekend!

Purge, then wash

What the heck does purging your wardrobe have to do with laundry? Everything. Simply put, fewer clothes will equal less laundry. Don’t you like the sound of that? Go through your closet and drawers and pull out anything you haven’t worn–that’s still in season–within the last 3-6 months. If you have not worn it in that long, you probably are not too attached to it anyway. Do whatever you need to do to get rid of those unused clothes–sell them, donate them, or trash them. You are well on your wash to easier laundry days!

Use a sorting method

One of the most time-consuming parts of laundry day can be sorting through your things before washing them. Separating whites from colors isn’t so bad. Others don’t obsess as much, opting not to separate lights from darks. Then, some people wash based on fabric. You might even wash in categories–all jeans in one load, all towels and bed linens in another, etc. Whatever your preference, don’t let your clothes and linens gather into one big heap to sort through on laundry day. Invest in a laundry hamper that includes divided sections. You can also just place your stuff in separate mesh laundry bags. That way, when you take off your clothes each night, you can go ahead and toss them into the appropriate bag or hamper section and your sorting will already be done whenever laundry day arrives.

Tag team those socks

It’s happened to us all. You load the washing machine with an even number of socks and what do you get an hour later? An odd number of socks. What the heck happened? You do not have time to figure that out. But what you can do and put a new system in place to ensure that no sock is ever eaten by the washer again. Try using safety pins to attach your socks together. You can also wash your socks in a cheap mesh laundry bag, keeping them all secure in one place while they get clean.

Know your settings

Some washing machines can take over an hour just to wash a single load. That’s a whole lot of time, water, and energy! Figure out if the washer you are using has a time saver cycle or a quick wash setting. Some models can get your load finished in as little as 20 minutes! Keep in mind that if your clothes are especially filthy, the longer wash setting may be the better option to ensure your clothes get super clean.

Set a timer
Have you ever loaded the washing machine, turned it on, then didn’t remember your cold, damp clothes until hours later? When you aren’t paying attention–or when life takes over–it can be a huge waste of time if laundry isn’t completed efficiently. We all know that leaving clothes in the washer for too long can result in some rather stinky threads! On your next laundry day, set a timer on your phone to remind you of when to transfer your things into the dryer. You should also set another timer to remind you to take those clothes out of the dryer. Why wait? Get everything folded and stored away ASAP and get it over with!

Don’t wait once your clothes are clean

We’re probably all guilty of washing a load or two of clothes, then letting the pile sit for days or–gasp!–weeks on end. Folding and putting away laundry is probably the worst part of the entire process, so it’s totally understandable to want to put it off until later. But we all know that staring at that pile of clean clothes doesn’t do anything but spike our anxiety levels. Let’s avoid that, shall we? Do whatever you can to that laundry put away ASAP. The quicker you get it done, the faster you can move on to the things you really want to spend your time doing.

What are your laundry hacks?

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