laundry tips. for those of us who don’t love it.

Um, this is a little embarrassing. I love laundry. Like, seriously love. Mind you, I know that I am in a very small percentage of people who actually enjoy the act of laundering, folding and putting away.

Rumor has it laundry is not a fun task for many. So, I am here to share {three} quick tips that might make it a little less daunting and a lot more efficient. If you know me well, you know that I am a bit of an organized and efficient girl. That’s putting it nicely.

laundry room

{LizMarie Blog. 25 Dreamy Laundry Rooms}

tip one

I have one rule in my laundry room, NO laundry baskets allowed. Two reasons. It totally makes sense, don’t you think?

1. The basket is the perfect place for clothes to sit and sit and sit.
I will get it done if they are not in a pile. Instead, fold clothes as you take them out of the dryer. Don’t let them sit in a  laundry basket, you can always tell yourself it will get done in another hour or another day. If you commit to folding as you take out of the dryer you are more likely to have them folded in a quick manner. Scouts honor.

2. Get some exercise.
Fold it. Make piles in your arms. Walk it to the appropriate room. Now it’s off the top of your dryer and you’ve even burned a few calories while at it. Feel free to eat an extra cookie. There is a good chance you will walk a few extra steps if you don’t put it all in a basket and carry it in one load.

tip two

Each of my kids {and us parents} have our own collapsible laundry baskets. My rule? Never do it all in one day and never mix baskets. That’s just plain torture.

Number one. I never mix the kids baskets. I do them individually, which makes folding a cinch. No checking tags for sizes or wondering who the shirt belongs to who. I wash, dry, fold and put away before the next dryer load is done. Easy as pie.

Number two. I spilt up days. I tend to do the boys’ laundry on Saturday nights after our sports are over and we are gearing up for the next week. And, the little lady gets hers done during the week when I am at home getting things done. The parents? Well, when the laundry basket is brimming I usually think it is about time.


Don’t think I am too crazy. I tell myself it must be that type-a in me, so blame it on my genes. I have serious issues with laundry folding. I can’t handle disorganized, messy piles. While I am folding I have to have a little order and organization to be as efficient as possible.

I fold. I make piles. Yes, piles. It goes a little something like this. T-shirts all go in one pile. Jeans go in another pile. Pajamas in another pile. Do you see my crazy coming out? When you fold and place in separate piles it makes putting the clothes away SO much easier. I literally grab a pile, open the drawer, put away and move on to the next pile. Organized. Efficient. Just what I love.

There you go. Three tips that I hope will make your laundry a little less messy and a little easier. Who knows, maybe laundry will become a happier part of your day. You think?

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5 Responses to laundry tips. for those of us who don’t love it.

  1. Misty January 15, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    I wish that pic of laundry room was either one of ours!! So pretty.

    I hate folding laundry… I have finally taught little and he can now do himself, albeit a little messy. Either way: #WINNING.

    I may have to get rid of laundry basket on top of dryer! Good tip. Maybe the hubs will actually fold his promptly then instead of squishing down in basket to another wrinkly mess :).

    • lulu & linen January 15, 2015 at 9:02 am #

      Amazing laundry room indeed. Some day…

      Ditch the basket! We’ll see if he notices and if those clothes start looking freshly pressed. Works for my other half…

  2. Emily January 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    I’ve never had a laundry basket, I keep everyone’s items separate, and I fold in piles…like you! Looks like I’m doing something right! I’m like you…I “process” the laundry. Laundry and loading the dishwasher are 2 techniques I get from my Mother 🙂

  3. Megan January 22, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Good laundry tips. I tend to have folded clothes in laundry baskets for extended periods of time. Mark told asked me to respond and give his feedback. He said that it is helpful to only have one style (and one color) of socks for the kids because it makes matching socks easier. I told him that white socks don’t always go with an outfit 🙂

    • lulu & linen January 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      Totally forgot to respond! I love Mark’s advice. Duly noted. But, I must agree with the mama of the house… white socks just don’t go with every outfit! xxoo

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