Laundry is the never-ending job of a mom, isn’t it? It is a daily grind that requires constant maintenance just to prevent from going under.
I have learned a little trick about doing laundry along the way in raising my children that I want to share with you in hopes it will make your laundry life easier. The first step is training your family to help you. Explain that if you are willing to do the laundry, fold and deliver the laundry to the correct rooms, you need a little assistance. Their job is to help you sort it as they bring it to the laundry room. This is easier than it sounds and children as young as five can do this with a little instruction.
Purchase a laundry hamper system. Wal-Mart, Amazon and Target sell them, just to name a few. It is a set of three cloth hampers that are sewn together and braced in a rectangular frame. You can also use separate laundry baskets but for me, the three hamper system worked best. The next step is to take sturdy index cards and label the cards for what each hamper is for. In our house we have a reds hamper, which is for the colors of reds, pinks, purples, yellows and oranges. We have a good whites hamper, which is for white and gray t-shirts, bras, etc. We have a jeans and darks hamper. We have a work clothes hamper for my husbands work clothing. Lastly, we have a colored towels and white towels hamper. If you have children too small to read, use crayons to help them know what colors go where.
When your family brings their clothing to the laundry room to be washed, they can separate it for you, making your job much easier. You will be able to take a look over your hampers to see what loads need done that day with a quick glance rather than muddling through a pile of laundry, sorting it out each and every time you step into the laundry room.