The new year is the perfect time to get serious about your laundry routine. Set up a simple routine and turn it into a habit so you no longer need to make a conscious decision about your laundry chore and instead get it done by rote memory! These simple tricks can help you speed up your laundry routine.
This post is sponsored by P&G. All opinions are my own.
Save Big on a New Year
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5 Tricks to Speed Up
Your Laundry Routine
1. Skip all the extra jugs with a 4-in-1 laundry detergent
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Each pac includes:
- stain remover
- laundry detergent
- color protector
That saves you the hassle of checking for stains, scrubbing and leaving out any clothing that needs pre-treatment, and ditches the worry over color fade, too.
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2. Sort smarter, not harder
Sorting can take a lot of extra time when it comes to the laundry task ahead. Instead of sorting everything when you’re ready to wash, simplify your routine by sorting immediately when you have dirty laundry to put away.
You can choose a laundry basket that has clearly defined sections for sorting for your or simply keep 2 baskets wherever you stash your dirty laundry so you can toss the clothes into the right bin.
In my home, we sort whites, linens, and then everything else. I have two laundry baskets for all of the adult clothes in our master bathroom that cover our whites and all other clothing. Since I switch out towels and linens on wash days, I skip a basket for those all together to simplify the process!
3. Wash by family member, room, or purpose
While you are sorting doing the step above, consider also washing by loads that will simplify your sorting after the wash and dry cycle are complete. One of the biggest hold ups with the laundry chore is not getting the clothes into the washer or dryer, it’s getting them put away.
By taking some time to think about your process and make your after sorting easier, you can save yourself a bunch of time and make motivating yourself to finish the task that much easier. For us that means I wash all of my boys’ laundry separate from the adult laundry. I also wash sheets and towel separate from other clothes.
When the loads come out, it’s really easy to fold a full load of towels and it’s much easier to put away my kids’ clothes (and the adult clothes) when they don’t have extras that don’t belong in the basket.
4. Pick a day (or two) of the week
The laundry task is much easier if you spend just one or two days a week getting all the laundry washed, dried, and put back away. The key to making this method work, though, is to stay on top of the task and never skip your scheduled day!
I set up alarms on my phone for every hour on my laundry day. This reminds me to switch the loads in a timely manner so I’m not spending my whole day doing laundry. I usually can get through all of our household laundry in 4-5 loads – one adult whites, one adult colors, one kid load, and 1-2 load of linens.
To streamline the process even more, I start with any sheets or bedding that needs to be washed so they can get right back on the bed so I’m not scrambling to finish those in the evening.
Laundry is much more pleasant to fold and put away when it is warm and fresh smelling right out of a finished dryer load, so that really helps keep me motivated to finish the task.
5. Skip folding
Folding is by far the hardest part of the laundry routine and skipping it all together can really help speed up the process. Consider some alternatives to folding that might work for your family:
- Sorting bins – Most kids clothes don’t need to be folded at all, just toss their clothes into a bin with one for tops and another for bottoms and call it a day. Another idea is to simply sort and let the kids fold their own clothes.
- Hang instead – Use hangers as a faster alternative to folding. You can quickly sort out all the tops, then slip them onto hangers and hang them onto an over the door hanging rod or drying rack.
- Roll the clothes – Fold pants and shirts in half, lengthwise, then roll them and stick them in the drawer. This is an easier approach that the kids can help you do and saves space in the drawer while making it easier to see everything at a glance so clean clothes don’t make their way to the floor (and then laundry basket) unnecessarily.
What are your tricks to speed up the laundry routine?