Household Ops: Laundry

The daily grind.

Being a stay-at-home mom who is also responsible for a business requires things to operate pretty efficiently. It helps that I’m very Type-A and efficiency might as well be my middle name. If I can shave 90 seconds off a frequent task/chore, I WILL do it.

This may seem counterintuitive but I truly believe that my ability to rock the efficiency game is because of my equal ability (and desire!) to be lazy. So I go, go, go putting in extra effort here and there all for the grand prize, which is complete and utter laziness for a predetermined set period of time. I also have a really hard time fully relaxing when a specific chore/task on my mind is incomplete.

So, I’m bringing a little series to the blogosphere. A peak into my world. Household Ops…one specific chore at a time.

Let it be known, laundry is my absolute least favorite domestic chore. I hate everything about it. But, it exists and must be conquered. And, as I’m sure all of you mommas fully understand, letting the laundry spiral out of control only makes it worse.

So, here are my tips for staying on top of the bane of my existence: Laundry.

  • #1 ONE load every single day

I know you’ve heard it said before. But it’s truth. Just do it. One small to medium sized load every day (washer to dryer to folding to put away) is manageable.

  • #2 Kids laundry is done together (no separating colors, one kid at a time)

A hamper in each child’s room. Toss it all together (one kid at a time) in the washer on cold and DONE! No sorting through a clean pile of laundry to figure out whose clothes belong to who.

  • #3 Stop ironing! Just stop

I may be speaking blasphemy here but I haven’t ironed hardly anything since before my oldest was born and I couldn’t be happier. If you or husband require crisp, ironed work clothes just dry clean them. We use one of those dry clean super center places and it’s very affordable. It’s worth the few bucks to save my sanity. There’s several of my husband’s shirts that don’t require dry cleaning but do wrinkle easily so I pull them from the washer IMMEDIATELY after the cycle is done and I hang them to dry. And I dry everything on the permanent press setting. There may be a wrinkle here and there on our stuff but I guess I just don’t care. Maybe that should be tip #4: stop caring so much! LOL.

Side note: overcrowding the washer can also cause excessive wrinkles. Following #1 will help minimize this since the loads are never that large to begin with.

  • #4 Get the kids involved

There will come a day when the kids’ laundry will be their own responsibility. So, start with age appropriate tasks today to get them involved. My 2 and 4 year old carry their own hampers into the laundry room and put their clothes in the washer. My 15 month old isn’t there yet but he watches and is learning from big brother and sister every day. Now, having a 2 & 4 year old be responsible for getting their laundry to the laundry room and into the washer doesn’t sound efficient, does it? Well, it’s not. It them probably about 10 minutes to do this. But, when I’m able to get dressed and do my makeup without 3 kids at my ankles, in those 10 minutes….that IS efficiency in action.

  • #5 Cut yourself some slack

Not every day will go as you planned. You’ll skip days because you’re too busy. You’ll skip days just because you don’t feel like doing laundry that day. Some days you’ll need to do an extra load…or two. Sometimes, you’ll forget about the clothes in the washer for hours or even days at a time. Sometimes you and/or your kids will live out of the clean clothes in the laundry basket because you haven’t mustered the energy to put them away. It’s all normal and it’s ok.

These small adjustments have helped my home run efficiently and I hope they help you too.

If you have any tips of your own please share!!

Until next time mommas!

~ Erica

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