How to streamline your laundry routine

by Tara Scott

July 3, 2022

You’ve painted your laundry room and even bought some cute baskets to hold stuff on that weird high-up shelf above your washing machine, but somehow the laundry is still not doing itself. Unless laundry day(s) runs like a well-oiled machine in your house, you probably have a bottleneck somewhere along the way. Here are some of the common sticking points we see with clients and what you can do to overcome them:

1. You put off doing laundry until clothes are overflowing every basket and surface

Figure out the frequency that works best for you: either set the same day each week (every Sunday), or do laundry as soon as the hamper gets to a certain level. Put it in your schedule or set a reminder on your phone.

2. Your kids never have clean clothes on Monday mornings

If your kids are old enough, set a schedule and stick to it: one day each week (with reminders) they are responsible for washing their own clothes or they’re stuck with the dirty ones. Give them a basic lesson first; it may not be as intuitive as you think it is.

Brightroom wall-mounted drying rack

3. Nowhere to hang clothes to dry

If you find yourself draping your delicates and other shrinkables over chairs and any other surface you can find, invest in a clothes drying rack. Look beyond the usual accordion floor rack, which only adds to clutter, and opt for a wall-mounted option to utilize vertical space.

4. Loads keep backing up because the dryer is full and there’s nowhere to put the clean wet clothes from the washer

Designate separate laundry hampers (for dirty clothes) and laundry baskets (for clean clothes) for every member of the family. Label if necessary. Keep the appropriate laundry basket in front of the dryer and unload clothes as soon as they are dry.

Yamazaki Home Laundry Storage Hamper Wire Basket

5. Nowhere to sort and fold clean laundry

Put clothes away as soon as they are clean and dry instead of piling them up on the bed or dining table. Unload clothes into your (now empty) laundry basket and carry it to the room where the clothes should live. Take out each item and hang it or put it in its designated spot.

6. Nowhere to put clean clothes away

Work on decluttering your closet and make it a goal to go through and get rid of anything you know you’ll never wear. Set up a designated spot for every category, and focus on systems you know you will stick with (hanging vs. folding).

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