These Laundry Room Hacks are part of a Tide sponsored series for Socialstars™
What is the one task you hate doing the most in your home? Usually, when I hear people talk about this, it is a tie between washing dishes and doing the laundry.
My kitchen hacks are for another day. But, today I want to talk about Laundry Room Hacks. You see, I have a clean laundry room! I almost always have a clean laundry room! It’s not a fancy laundry room, but it is always clean!
Laundry Room hacks to a Clean Laundry Room
I’m not saying this to brag. Because seriously, I’m so not worthy of bragging on this department. I’m the WORST at folding and putting laundry away. But I rock at keeping my laundry room free of dirty laundry. Because I have some laundry room hacks that make doing laundry easy.
And today I’m going to share those laundry room hacks with you.
If you hate having your laundry room overflowing with dirty laundry, you are going to love these simple laundry room hacks!
Laundry room hacks #1 Laundry Schedule.
I learned the biggest laundry room hack from my mom. Who probably did it out of necessity. You see she raised nine kids! Can you image trying to do laundry, sheets, and towels for 9 kids and 2 adults all in one day? That’s NOT going to happen.
We had a system. Each child was assigned a day of the week we could do our laundry. Obviously, we had to double up days. If you held up someone else, you were then assigned to do that person’s laundry for them. We knew not to just leave laundry in the washer or dryer for hours. We were quick. We knew how long the washer ran. Then we moved to the dryer. And we got it done and out of the way so the next person could do their laundry.
And I use a similar method in my own home. So there is never a pileup of laundry in the laundry room.
Get our FREE Laundry Schedule Printable Below!
How Much Laundry? First, you figure out how much laundry your family goes through. For us, that means 4 kids, 2 adults, towels, and bedding. For a time we also did cloth diapers. So I had to have 2 days of cloth diaper washing a week as well.
Some of these laundry tasks are more time consuming than others. Such as towels. There are a lot of towels we use between the kitchen, bathrooms, cleaning the house, etc. So keep in mind which laundry tasks take more time than others. You will want to keep them balanced when you get to the 3rd step.
How many days? Next, you take the days of the week that you have available to wash laundry.
We do not do laundry on Sundays. That is a religious rest day, so no chores.
And we don’t like to have big tasks on Saturday in case we go on trips or do family activities. That means we have Monday-Friday to divide up all the laundry tasks.
Assignments. Taking into consideration each child’s schedule for the day, assign them a day to do their laundry.
Yes, my older boys are required to do their own laundry. Jade is not quite at that point, and obviously Rose is still too young, so I am still doing their laundry at this point. But they still have an assigned day.
Then add in the extra laundry tasks where available without overloading one particular day.
Since Rose has the least amount of clothes, she pairs well with the larger task of washing the towels.
When we did cloth diapering, we washed on Monday and Thursday. Since that was before Rose was born, that was still easy to manage to do towels and diapers on Mondays.
Everyone is in charge of washing their own bedding as part of their laundry on their laundry day.
Talmage has activities on Tuesday nights, so he doesn’t have time that day. Jonathan has activities on Wednesdays. So I took this into consideration when I added them to the schedule.
Don’t assign the laundry day on a day they have a lot going on.
This is our current schedule:
- Monday – Rose & Towels
- Tuesday – Jonathan
- Wednesday – Talmage
- Thursday – Jade
- Friday – Husband & Me
I printed our schedule and laminated it. Then hung it on the wall next to our Laundry Symbols Printable in the laundry room.
Obviously, as our family changes, the schedule is apt to adjust. When that happens, just adjust with it. Change the days that people are assigned. But try to keep it spaced out.
This way you are still only doing 1, 2, or maybe 3 loads of laundry a day. Tops! And it keeps your laundry room clean and free from overflowing laundry bins.
And in fact, I have 2 days (Tuesday/Wednesday) when I am not the one doing laundry at all!
Use our Laundry Schedule Printable to set up your own Laundry Schedule in your own Home! Remember to assign each person in the household, towels, and bedding.
Laundry room hacks #2 Towel Hamper – Keep a hanging or standing towel hamper in the laundry room. Keep it out of the way but easily accessible. And then insist that the family use it! This is where dirty towels are placed. You know like the dirty kitchen dish rags, dirty hand towels, bath towels that start to stink because you have teenaged boys, etc.
Having a designated hamper keeps them from being scattered all over the floor or in piles on the floor. It also makes it simple to get around in the laundry room.
Then on my Towel washing day, I just dump the hamper into the wash and return the hamper to its original location, ready to accept the next week’s load of dirty towels.
Laundry Room Hacks #3 Tide® PODS™ Plus Downy® – My last kitchen hack to making laundry simply is using Tide® PODS™ Plus Downy®.
Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pacs offer the Tide clean you love, but now with Downy Fabric Protect included! With the 4 in 1 technology: detergent, stain remover, brightener, Downy Fabric Protect, it’s basically like using 4 products in 2 small little PODS!
It not only saves time, but it also saves space and money!
I no longer need to buy and store all four products. Just one carton of Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pacs!
Simply Toss 2 pods (for large loads) into the washing machine BEFORE your laundry. Add the clothing (or towels/bedding) and wash as normal. So Simple. And yet your clothes come out just as clean and fresh as before!
They work in all HE and standard washing machines, and dissolve completely in all water temperatures!
Simple, fast, and easy.
For more easy Laundry Room Hacks, check out our other Laundry room tips with a free Laundry Symbols Printable. And our How to keep a soft blanket, SOFT baby blanket care guide.
What are your best laundry room hacks?
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