Do you find it hard to keep on top of the washing sometimes?
Is your washing basket overflowing and do you end up doing tons of it in one go, which seems to take forever and is quite a monumental effort?
I've found one method in particular that really helps me to keep on top of it all and with what feels like minimal effort.
My best idea was to buy a small washing basket for every person in the house . Each a different colour, so that anyone can easily identify who it belongs to (I have two girls, so it can be tricky to work out sometimes when just looking at a basket of clothes!). Also, each basket is just the right size to hold the right amount for one full load of washing.
Every night before I get into bed I quickly check each basket (kept in each person's room) to see if they're full or not. If there is one that is full then I pop it in the washing machine ready to go on as soon as I get up in the morning. If you are lucky enough to have a washing machine that you can set to start on a timer, then set it to a time that means the wash will be finished before you need to leave for work or the school run in the morning and leaving you enough time to put it out to dry or into the tumble dryer.
Once I get home at the end of the day, the dried washing gets put back in that persons basket and put on their bed so that they can put it away themselves. My husband and 6 year old do this no problem when they get back home from school/work and my 2 year old helps to unload the basket in her room and passes me the clothes to put in the correct drawers. However, it won't be too long before she can also do this herself saving me another job and giving me back yet more time!
Some days there may be more than one basket full, but by checking every day it means that I generally get away with just doing one load a day and nothing at the weekend.
If you're wondering about when I iron all of these loads of washing, I'll let you into a little secret....I don't do any ironing!
No, that's right. Unless it is an outfit for a special occasion like a wedding and I have a dress that creases easily, then I just don't do it. I find most clothing materials these days crease very little anyway and if I use the tumble dryer over winter then the clothes tend to come out without creases and in summer if I hang clothes outside or in the airing cupboard then all I do is put them onto coat hangers to dry and the creases drop out naturally.
The only real items of clothing that do get ironed routinely (but not by me!!) are my husbands' work shirts. Every 6 weeks he tends to get all of his shirts out, which is enough to last him the next 6 weeks of work and irons them all in one go. Saves time in the long run and no panic on a Sunday night or Monday morning when you realise you haven't ironed shirts for that week.