One of my least favorite responsibilities as a mom is doing laundry. There, I said it. It’s crazy how much clothing two small humans go through and as a busy mama, it can be so time-consuming to get laundry done. Between the actual process of washing clothes and making sure stains are treated, to folding it, and putting it away, it’s a vicious (but necessary) cycle that feels like it will never end.
Over the last few months, I’ve been trying different tactics to make laundry easier and I have finally figured out a laundry process that works for our family! If you’re a busy mama who also hates laundry, I’m spilling my secrets below.
5 Laundry Tips & Hacks for Busy Moms
Organize Your Laundry Process
When it comes to doing laundry, the one task that always, always, always takes me the longest is separating darks, lights, colors, and whites. To help make this process easier, we implemented laundry bins for each so now all I have to do is grab the lights out of the lights bin and throw them in the washing machine!
A few other areas of your laundry process you can organize are:
- Having a specific location for items to air dry.
- Set up a bucket in your laundry room for solo socks and go in monthly and match them up.
- When you do laundry.
Get Your Kids to Help
Once your kids are old enough, have them help with laundry! Not only does it get them involved in chores around the house but if you turn it into a game, your kids will have fun and you’ll get help with the laundry! It’s a win-win for everyone.
Since Uriah turned 5, we started having him help with the laundry to help teach him the importance of responsibility and helping others. It’s helped me get through laundry quicker, he now asks when we can do laundry, and it’s a nice little bonding activity!
Have a Laundry Schedule
Having a laundry schedule will make the activity seem a little less daunting! Instead of spending an entire day over the weekend doing laundry from the week, I’ll do small loads throughout the week. It makes it feel more manageable and it gives me more free time to hang out with the family on the weekends.
You can make a more specific schedule and assign certain types of laundry (clothes, sheets, towels) to specific days of the week so that you know what’s getting washed and when.
Finish Your Laundry the Day You Start It
For so long, I was throwing in a load of laundry before sitting down to watch TV at night and forgetting to switch it over to the dryer so I’d have to start the process all over again the next day. While this seems like no big deal, it was creating more stress!
Now, I always make sure to wash, dry, fold, and put away any laundry the same day as I start it. It makes the process so much easier and helps avoid having to re-wash items that sat in the washing machine just a little too long.
Create a Laundry Space You Love
Our laundry room is one of my favorite rooms in the house and having a space I love has made doing laundry a little more exciting (keyword: little). Once I become a mom of two, the space became chaotic, and had to make some adjustments to make our new schedule work better!
By implementing baskets (I love these ones and these ones) to keep things organized in the cabinets and on the countertops in our laundry room, I was able to cut down on the amount of time I was spending looking for things. They also help keep the space clutter-free!
See what other organization I implanted in our laundry room, here!