Who says that household chores like laundry have to actually feel like a chore?
Here are seven ways your family can divide and conquer laundry duty each week and make it more manageable (and even fun) for everyone.
Skip laundry on the weekends
Do laundry during the weekdays and only do one load per night. By putting your laundry room to work on the weekdays, you can keep your weekends free for fun activities.
Tackling only one load each night will make the chore feel easier to accomplish.
Sort by colour
Use three laundry bins instead of one to keep darks, mid-tones, and whites separate (then you won’t have to separate one large pile of dirty clothes later).
Make sure everyone in your family is throwing their dirty clothes in the right bins. Then when one bin is full, you can start the machine.
Divvy up tasks
Divvy up tasks among family members. One person can be in charge of washing, another can switch clothes to the dryer, and you can have someone else solely in charge of folding clothes.
To make laundry less boring, rotate tasks each week or day.
Fold and store big items
Fold larger items that can be put away easily right away, like towels and blankets. If you have a large family, save socks in a smaller basket and only pair and fold them once a week.
Do this with the family so everyone can claim their socks and put them away independently.
Be aware of the best times to do laundry efficiently. In most municipalities, the cheapest time to do laundry is on the weekends and evenings.
Consult the Ontario Energy Board’s electricity rates site as a resource for more info.
Keep the laundry room organized with custom cabinetry and helpful accessories (like a pullout ironing board) that make it more functional.
This will allow you to keep detergents, softeners, dryer sheets, hangers, baskets, and hampers all in one place. It can also help speed up the laundry process.
Have fun with laundry (yes, it’s possible!)
Look for opportunities to make laundry, dare we say it, actually fun. For example, you could use laundry as a way to bond with the kids or your partner by tackling the chore together.
To make folding more enjoyable, you can fold while watching your favourite TV show. There are many ways to make laundry time a more fun and manageable experience.
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