Having clean laundry can be hard to come by with busy parents, stressed college students or overworked men and women. If you’re like most of us, you tend to procrastinate when it comes time to do your actual laundry. That pile has been sitting on the chair in the corner of your room for longer then you had wished and now it’s officially time to get it done. But how can you assist yourself and stop procrastinating? There are a few ideas to help make it easier for you and creating a system can make your life a little easier. For one thing, you’ll need a little encouragement and maybe a few tips to help create these new habits. Believe me, it’s easier to procrastinate when it’s time to do the laundry because doing it is not the most exciting thing or the most ‘need to do’ item when it comes to household chores.
When it comes to actually doing your laundry, one of the biggest things you’ll want to notice is how much laundry do you actually have? You do want to have enough to make it worth your while. If separating them into piles or various baskets is easier, do that. You can wash by colors, fabrics, his, her, kids or whites but having this system in place will not help you get each pile done and accomplished. Another tip is making sure that your laundry room ( or space where all your laundry pile stays ) is organized so you can quickly look at what pile needs to be done first. For this, you can invest in commercial washers and dryers and make laundry more convenient. If you are wondering what type of washer and dryer you should get, view this page.
Having some basic laundry tips can also help you save the mess and stress of a laundry overload meltdown.
- Declutter The Mess – We all tend to hold onto clothes that we don’t really need or wear anymore. The biggest mess in getting your laundry done is actually cleaning and using the ones that you want to keep year after year. Rejected outfits end up on the floor and then create a bigger mess for you or end up in your dirty laundry pile. Your biggest way to help keep your procrastination down is getting rid of anything you don’t wear! This could be bagging them up, putting them in the basement, bringing them to a local charity or resale shop in your neighborhood or selling them to a neighbor. Whatever it is, if it’s not something you love or makes you feel great, toss it!
- Commit To The Task – When it comes time to do your laundry, you need to commit to it. If that means that you need to actually schedule a day to do all the laundry or spread it out to help you not have a break down, then do that! Whatever it is – write it down, schedule it in your phone but make sure that when it pops up you actually commit to getting it done ( aka wash, fold, and put away ). Believe me, it can happen and it’ll make you feel great crossing it off your to do list for the day.
- Model Good Attitude– Your kids and family see you every single day and know when you are excited, mad or not into it. Honestly, just do the laundry and your kids and loved ones will see you and follow the steps. It’s not going to go away because you ignore it. Trust me, I’ve tried this a few times. If it’s easier for you to do two loads every day then pick a time that works for you and get it done. Put a load in before work and another load after work. Fold your laundry while watching a show after the kids go to bed or while they work on their homework. You can do loads on the weekends too if that’s easier for you but if you have a good attitude and habit about doing it, this also will show and model for your kids that they also can do the same, especially when it comes to something that procrastinate about.
- Get Help – There is nothing wrong with getting help when you need it. If your laundry is out of control then find a place to assist you in getting it done. If you live in the Virginia area, you can stop by The Clothes Spin! One of the great things about this business is that it’s open 24 hours a day and offers a variety of multi-sized dryers and washers to get everything done for your family! I also love that it’s not your standard coin operated machine ( because who carries coins that much anymore ) but also has an app to help you if you just want to bring your phone along with. They have multiple locations including near a laundry mat near Appomattox as well so you aren’t sure to find out if you live close to one to assist you and all your laundry needs.
When all is said and done, reward yourself for getting your laundry done by using fabric softener or your fave laundry detergent, play music or even turn your routine into a game or dance. Try to make it fun and not a chore. If you stick to a system, it may not be as bad as you think!