Laundry. Whether you enjoy or hate it, you’ve probably had to do it at some point. Chances are, there are days when you have wished a fairy would wash, dry, fold, and put away your clothes while you go to bed.
Laundry is one of the most dreaded household chores. It is time-consuming, stressful, and many put it off until the last minute. However, it doesn’t need to be so. While there is no way to enchant your way through this stressful chore, here are a few tips to make it bearable.
1. Wash Less
One of the easiest laundry hacks is to wash your clothes less. Obviously, there are garments that you may need to wash after every use. However, towels, pajamas and jeans can wait.
Washing often can add to your stress. In addition, it could cause your clothes to lose their softness and fade. Consider hanging your towels up to dry after use instead of washing them. That way, you can get a few days of use before having to wash. Fold your pajamas and place them under your pillow after taking them off, and you may not need to wash them often.
2. Use Sturdy Pegs
If you love hanging your clothes out in the sun, consider investing in sturdy pegs. Consider getting stainless steel pegs as they remain in good condition for a long time. With stainless steel pegs, you no longer need to worry about damaging your clothes. They don’t rust or mold even in the rain. The right pegs could add some excitement to your laundry routine.
3. Don’t Consider It Laundry Day
Sometimes, thinking of it as ‘laundry day’ puts unnecessary stress on you. Make it a day to get into your favorite activities like watching a movie, listening to a podcast, or reading a book. Doing laundry doesn’t need to fill up your entire day.
4. Sort As You Go
Sorting through piles of washed clothes as you try to find your favorite shirt can be annoying. You’d be smart to sort through your laundry before it goes in the dryer or washer.
To maintain the quality of your clothes, sort them based on color, weight, and fabric. With a few extra laundry baskets, this can be very easy. Label them accordingly and doing laundry will be less stressful.
The effort may seem insignificant but it saves you the headache of sorting through clothes during and after laundry.
5. Use the Quick Wash Option
This hack may save you a lot of time. It is also great for saving money on your water bill if you do laundry often. Most modern washers come with a quick wash option. It comes in handy on busy days and when you have plenty of laundry to do. Unless you have some heavily soiled pieces, you don’t need more than a quick wash.
6. Establish a Routine
Create a laundry routine and stick to it. Laundry is one of those chores that you never really complete. Without a routine, you are likely to get stuck in a never-ending laundry mode.
It would be best to pick two or three days of the week to do laundry. Unless you have an emergency, don’t do laundry any other day. On your laundry days, establish specific start times. Having a routine takes uncertainty out of the process.
7. Put Your Clean Laundry Away
Do not leave your clean laundry lying around. Put it away as soon as possible. Folding and putting clean laundry away is a part of the process but it is often neglected. Do this with every completed load of laundry. If you wait until the end of the day, you are likely to feel overwhelmed. In addition, clothes are likely to get smashed and wrinkled if they sit around for too long.
Doing laundry may not be your favorite chore but with the above tips, it can be less stressful. After all, it is an unavoidable task and it would help if you could tick it off your to-do list with minimal stress.
While the tips won’t magically make you fall in love with laundry day, they can make it easier.