I may be a freak of nature but I’m freely admitting that laundry is my favourite household chore. Nothing gives me more pleasure than folding baskets of freshly cleaned clothes (especially when it’s a great TV night!). I love to keep our dresser drawers organized and the clothes hanging in our closets in colour groups with the hangers all inserted the same way. I also freely admit that I am a bit obsessive about all of this but being this organized (and yes, obsessive) means that I’m rarely behind with the laundry. Here’s a few tips and tricks I use!
Check out that vintage wallpaper! This is our laundry room. It’s dingy and drab and someday I hope to re-vamp it and brighten it up a bit with a fresh coat of paint and maybe even more shelving for all my canned goods. Until then this is the system I use! I have three laundry baskets lined up on a counter. One for whites, one for colours and one for darks, specifically hubby’s greasy farm clothes which I like to wash separate from all the other laundry. I keep our dirty laundry sorted as it gets worn, this way I can visibly see when there’s a full load of whites for example and then I throw them in the wash. This is the hugest time saver and may sound so basic but I’m telling you this little system is extremely efficient. I have two smaller laundry baskets in E’s room as well, (one for whites and one for colors/darks) and I add them to the baskets in the laundry room as they fill. We essentially sort our laundry as we get undressed. I also have two air-drying racks in the laundry room for the articles of clothing that can’t be put in the dryer as well as a shelf above the washer and dryer for all laundry-related care items.
This is my go-to shelf of arsenal. It’s basic and although I’ve tried a multitude of stain-removers and other fancy laundering items these are my tried and trues.
- Tide> I typically use Tide laundry detergent. I’ve tried other more “natural” soaps and find that they just don’t get our clothes clean like Tide.
- Dawn> I also use a squirt of Dawn dish detergent in a lot of the more soiled loads (especially my husband’s work clothes and E’s really messy items.). Dawn is amazing at taking out grease and a lot of food stains. I use it as a spot remover too and will squirt some directly onto the stain and either wash immediately or let sit until I have a full load of wash to do.
- Washing Soda>I use a washing soda in loads that I want to amp up the cleaning ability of the tide. I sporadically wash our towels with tide, washing soda and lemon or thieves essential oil to freshen them up.
- Bleach> I rarely use bleach but every once and awhile I’ll throw some into the wash with my kitchen linens to sanitize and freshen them up too.
- Dryer Balls> I never use fabric softener as I find it really irritates our eczema and although I have some of those fancy dryer balls to soften up the laundry in the dryer I rarely remember to use them! We just suffer through the odd static cling in the winter!
I keep a number of open mason jars on this shelf above the washer and dryer as well so that I can separate any change or store any random tide-bits (like screws, washers, drill bits etc.) left in pockets…I’m curious to see what kinds of ‘treasures’ I’ll find in E’s pockets as he grows, as long as there’s nothing alive waiting for me!!
I am old-fashioned in a lot of ways as I like to do some household chores on specific days of the week…like bathrooms on Tuesdays, windows on Wednesdays, vacuuming and dusting on Thursdays and Saturdays. Since having E this has drastically changed since I have to do a lot of these household chores more frequently or sometimes life happens and the windows get missed for a few weeks. One day that hasn’t changed though is Monday, Monday is ‘wash the bedding’!
For the first time this spring I was able to dig out my clothes-pin apron (that my grandma made for me as a shower gift 8+ years ago, note it’s still in mint condition!) and put a load of fresh washed laundry out on the clothesline today! Typically I wash our sheets on Mondays but this week I saved that job until today as the forecast called for sunshine and a fresh spring breeze!
I think I love doing laundry so much because of its instant gratification. You can clearly see all the work you’ve done as you sit surrounded by piles of cleaned and folded laundry. And as insane as it may sound (and I’m sure someday it’ll change,) I love to fold all of E’s little clothes, it fills my heart! Fresh laundry swinging in the warm sunshine is seriously one of my favourite farm views! It’s relaxing for me to put a load out on the line and gather it all up later in the day, I know, this makes me sound insane! I breathe deeper as I take in the smell of crisp air-dried sheets and at night, getting to crawl into a freshly laundered bed is only made better if those sheets have whipped in the wind all day like they have today…*sigh* Is it bedtime yet??