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Stop Airing Your Dirty Laundry. Tips to Help Manage Your Washing Pile!

Do you need help to manage your washing pile? It really doesn’t matter how many people are in your home, there’s always towels, sheets, clothes and gym gear to wash.  If you have kids, you have an explosion of clothes and potentially washable nappies added to the mix too.

I love washing (hear my sarcasm?). I often find myself wondering if my washing will ever go away.  At least it’s something we can always rely on, right? There’ll always be a pile of washing to do.

When will someone invent self-cleaning clothes? Whilst we wait for that to happen here are a few tips to help you get back on track.

Tips to Manage Your Washing Pile

Make sure you have:

  1. The right tools: A washing machine, adequate drying facilities & somewhere to soak clothes.  Is your washing machine big enough & cleaning properly? Do you need a dryer?  Do you have things like Sards Wonder stick, Napisan, and ‘delicates’ bags?
  2. Laundry baskets in the right places. If there is always a pile of dirty clothes in the bathroom, move the washing basket there! Consider buying a laundry basket that forces your family to sort it into categories for you. Here’s one from Howards Storage World.
  3. A routine so everyone knows to have their clothes in the basket by Friday or they miss out.

Be Realistic

You’re not superwoman – so be realistic about what you can achieve in a day.  If you have 10 piles of washing to do – which do you need more urgently?

Group Like Items

Group your washing into categories and keep things simple. I suggest:

  1. Lights
  2. Colours
  3. Darks: black and dark denim
  4. Towels
  5. Bedding
  6. Handwash

Be Flexible Though

If you don’t have enough for a full load, mix ones that work together into the machine. For example, toss your sheets in with the corresponding colour group. This is more time-efficient and economical. Careful not to mix loads that will ‘run’ into each other. Some people even mix loads based on expected drying times for fabrics!

Make sure you hang, shake out, and fold your clothes immediately to save on ironing.  Consider hanging them straight onto coat hangers.  Better still, don’t buy clothes that need ironing.  IF you are ironing, sort it into high heat, medium heat and low heat groups to save you time changing the settings for each item.

Hopefully these tips will help you get the washing done more efficiently instead of them airing out on the floor.

For further tips and support, join the free WellSorted Facebook Group. There is always someone there to answer your questions.

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