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How to Make Laundry Seem Like Less of a Chore

By on May 4, 2017

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Laundry is an essential chore that needs to be completed. In our home, my husband and I take care of our laundry, and our children take care of theirs. This is a system that we have been doing for many years and it works for us.

Laundry can be overwhelming. Especially, if you are taking care of it for multiple people within your household. There are several ways that you can tackle this task and make it less of a chore.

Smaller and More Frequent Loads

Washing smaller loads, more frequently, will keep your laundry from piling up and becoming a chore that you dread. You can add a load of laundry to your daily task list during the week and then you won’t have to tackle so much during the weekend.

Your laundry schedule could look similar to this:

  • Monday – whites and lights
  • Tuesday – darks
  • Wednesday – delicates
  • Thursday – towels
  • Friday – sheets

Throw a small load in the washer before you make dinner, or sit down to relax after work. You can easily transfer it to the dryer after it is finished and finish by folding it and putting it away. Since it is a smaller load, this won’t take very long to complete.

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Sorting Your Laundry

If you sort your clothing and linens ahead of time, into separate baskets or hampers, it saves the hassle of having to sort it out on laundry day. This also allows you to see the size of your load so you can complete it before it gets too large.

Share the Load

If you children are old enough, show them how to do their own. Middle school seems to be a good age to get them started. This will teach them some responsibility and means less for you to complete. Something else that you may want to consider is assigning a specific day for each family member. Otherwise, there could be an influx of laundry on the same day. Get your child their own laundry basket and get them started learning on this lifelong task.

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Instead of making laundry an overwhelming task each week, take a different approach. Completing smaller loads during the week and sharing the load can make it less of a chore to tackle and gives you the time for other things.

Until next time,

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Creating a Cleaning Schedule That Works for You

By on April 6, 2017

Cleaning is a chore that needs to be completed each week. I used to put it off until the end of the week and then attempt to get it all done on Saturday. It wasn’t the most strategic way to approach it and cleaning all day left little time to do other things that I wanted to do.

In order to effectively tackle the cleaning that needs to be done each week, it’s helpful to have a cleaning schedule that helps you to reach your goals. It’s not easy to think about spending one of your days off to clean your entire home from top to bottom.

If you think about the items in your home that need cleaning, it’s easy to think about dividing them up to accomplish them. An item can be accomplished each day to give you the clean home that you are striving for. This will free up your day off for something that you want to do instead of something that you have to do.

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Kitchen –

  • Clean the counters, sink, and appliances.
  • Run the dishwasher.
  • Change out the kitchen towels.
  • Clean the old food out of your refrigerator. It can go out on trash day.
  • Once a month, clean out your refrigerator and wipe down the shelves. Doing this will keep it looking and smelling fresh and clean.

Bathroom –

  • Clean the counters, sinks, and toilet.
  • Change out the towels.
  • Once a month, wash your shower curtain and bath mat.

Dust –

  • Dust all of the solid surface furniture within your home.

Floors –

  • Vacuum solid surface and carpeted floors.
  • Mop or steam clean solid surface floors.
  • Furniture, lampshades, ceiling fans, and vents should be vacuumed once a month to help keep the dust from accumulating.

Laundry –

  • Launder one load of clothing each day to help keep it from piling up.
  • Launder bedding once a week. If you want to save yourself time and effort, strip your bed, wash the sheets, and put them back on the bed. You can switch them out every two to three weeks.

 

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One way to make cleaning more efficient is to put together a cleaning caddy so you can take items from one location to another. Using smaller bottles for sprayable items like vinegar, and a container that you can sprinkle baking soda from are also helpful.

What to Include in Your Cleaning Caddy

clean, cleaning, cleaning scheduleHaving a cleaning schedule can help you to complete the cleaning tasks that need to be done each week. Divide the tasks up by day to accomplish them and give you the clean home that you are striving for along with the time to do other things.

Until next time,

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