It is important to implement some practical strategies when it comes to cleaning and organising your laundry. Many families can find themselves losing valuable weekend time together because of the piles of laundry that need doing.
In addition to the danger of a laundry overload, the laundry is usually the place to store both laundry and cleaning products and as a result it can be a very dangerous environment for babies and toddlers. It is important to make sure that everything is safely stored well out of reach of them.
You need to assess just how much laundry you need to do each week and implement some systems to make sure that no one runs out of clothes mid week and that bigger tasks like changing and washing bed sheets are also included in your laundry cycle.
You can reduce your laundry load substantially by ensuring the family does the following things:
Your laundry will usually have limited space and can become crowded very quickly. By organising it properly you will find it much easier to manage. Make sure you do this at a time when your little ones are asleep or not at home. This is so they don’t have access to potentially dangerous products.
It’s important to keep on top of your laundry cycle. You may wash the clothes regularly but leave a large pile of unfolded clothes piling up in your laundry. This simply adds to your ironing load. It is better to set up a reminder in your planner and allocate laundry days in it.
As a general rule it will take you about 15 minutes to put clothes out to dry and 15 minutes to fold and put them away. If you do this during the week it can save you a great deal of time on the weekend that you can spend together as a family instead.
You can read our tips for making ironing easier here. It is best to iron clothes as soon as they are dry rather than leaving them to pile up in the laundry. By doing a few items at a time you can allocate 15 minutes and get through some clothes. This can multiply into large chunks of time if you aren’t consistent in tackling it.
Every family member should help out with laundry. Children should be encouraged to place their dirty laundry in the correct hampers as soon as they are old enough to start doing so. Once your little ones are able, they can carry their clothing to their bedroom after it has been folded. Get your partner to help out as well and maybe agree to split responsibility for the laundry loads by allocating a day to each other so that the full burden doesn’t rest on one person.