Stress Less about Laundry
In my family we all have a “Clothes Mountain”. It’s exactly what it sounds like… a place where clean clothes pile up and pile up until it becomes a landmark within the home. My Clothes Mountain is always on my love seat. Out of the dryer clean clothes come to be promptly deposited onto the first piece of furniture I pass besides the kitchen table. I eat at that table and a huge pile of clothes is not going to be messing with my grubbing down. Not going to sugarcoat it, I HATE doing the laundry. Everything about it is awful. You have to touch lots of dirty stuff with your hands, and you have to babysit the washer and dryer and then there is all of that folding and putting stuff back up. Just not my cup of tea.
But if you twist my arm I can say that there is some good stuff to be said about laundry. When you find a scent that is ah-mazing your clothes and towels and everything smells so great. That’s pretty worth it. And can you imagine your favorite tee shirt smelling like a super unique scent of ginger mango or fresh clover, spring garden and beach sage? I was pretty excited (mostly for the ginger mango, honestly) to see these scents available by method laundry detergent when heading down the aisle. Don’t get me wrong, I like the traditional laundry scents too but I love to mix things up and maybe even get seasonal with scents! For my upcoming beach days this summer wouldn’t it be fun if I used the beach sage scent? Theme laundry! Love it!
Let’s get back to bringing down your anxiety level a bit (because having your hair pulled out is not an attractive look!), with my ways to stress less about my laundry. Unless I’m recouping from having company, I’m able to keep up with my laundry these days and it is amazing! I’ll share with you how! Take what you want and leave the rest behind!
- If you have the closet space, I’d highly recommend hanging as much of your clothes as you can. With the exception of underthings, socks, pajamas and shorts everything I have is hung up in the closet because tossing a clean shirt on a hanger is so much easier than folding it and tucking away into the dresser.
- Put something you absolutely must have in the very last load you do. Your sheets to go to bed that night or your skirt for work early in the morning. If there’s something that will cause a problem by not being done you’re going to make sure that gets done.
- Send your fancy stuff off. I know it can be expensive to have things dry cleaned but some things I stress so hard about ruining or are just way too hard for me to get ironed and looking right that I send them out and then bring them home to hang straight into the closet.
- Keep separate hampers for the different types of loads. I only separate into 4 types which everybody thinks is crazy but it works for me! I have bleachables, lights, darks and delicates. When everything is all clumped together I’ll sometimes pass on doing laundry because I either don’t have the time to mess with sorting it all out or because I just don’t feel like it. And we go back to the fact that this stuff is dirty stuff. Yuck. When things are already read to go for me it’s so much easier to just toss it all straight into the washer and get it going. You can even teach kids to divide their stuff out.
- Scale down to what you need. For years and years I’ve had an entire linen cabinet FULL of towels. You know what happened? I would use towels until I’d run out and then I would a good 4 or 5 loads of laundry just to get them all back into the cabinet to start all over again. Now I have as many towels as I can easily fit under the sink plus the 2 I have out because I’m using them. Sure there are beach towels in the linen cabinet but going from many to few, I’m staying on top of the towels instead of having a terry cloth washin’ marathon.
- Same goes with clothes. If it doesn’t fit, donate it. If you don’t wear it, donate it. If you have an absolute ton of something pare it down to what you need. This is something I’ve always tried to do but have really taken to heart this year. My closet has scaled back tons (except for shoes, I just, well I can’t go there) but I don’t forget about that cute top I bought because I can actually see it hanging every time I open my closet doors.
Ooh, and for all you fashionistas out there, check out ASOS and method Detergent together! Smell and look pretty at the same time. Fabulous! AND keep your eyes peeled! I’m going to be taking a thrift store find and turning it into something fabulous in both appearances and smell with method detergent. It will be quite exciting!
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