Keep Them Separated
I like to separate laundry items as much as possible. I use separate baskets for clean towels and for each individual family member. Setting up systems can help reduce the chaos and help save time. Each family member can be responsible for putting away their own laundry basket. Another option is to have a separate dirty laundry basket for each child which can help keep their clothes together with less sorting afterward.
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Place the cards inside 4″ X 6″ Scotch Self Seal Laminating Pouches and attach them to the basket.
You can eliminate unnecessary stress on game day or for school by using a smaller laundry basket specifically for school or sports uniforms. This is a lifesaver if you have ever discovered that your game gear is MIA 5 minutes before you are supposed to leave…I’ve been there several times myself.
Just Add Ice
Removes wrinkles from your clothing by adding a few ice cubes to a light load of laundry. Use the highest heat setting and dry the clothing for at least 10 minutes to reduce wrinkles from the steam created by the ice.
Add Some Fluff
Add volume to your coats and blankets by adding a few tennis balls to your load in the dryer.
Fold and Sort Immediately
Laundry is less overwhelming when you fold and place laundry in designated baskets after each load.
Don’t Stress Over Socks
I’ve decided that life is too short to sweat over sock sorting. I don’t match up socks. If I recognize a pair that belongs to a specific family member I place them in their basket, otherwise, I have a small basket with white socks and another with colored socks. Clean socks with holes can be used for cleaning and then thrown away guilt free.
Keep Stain Remover Closeby
Hang All of Your Shirts
Save yourself the frustration of finding clean clothes waded up in a ball in the back of a drawer by hanging them up instead. Keep a hanging rack with extra hangers in the laundry room so that you can hang things up immediately when you take them out of the dryer. You can group them together for each individual family member and if you are feeling extra ambitious you could even arrange them in your closet by color and shirt length.
Tips From a Pro
Don’t Overload the Washer
Place your clothes in the washer but don’t push them down to cram more in because it can affect the cleaning and make your washer out of balance.
Clean Your Dryer Filter Every Time
Lint can build up over time which could be a potential fire hazard and could also cause the dryer not to heat up properly.
Check Your Pockets Before You Load
Avoid permanent ink and crayon stains by double checking all pockets before they go into the washer.
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