This post is sponsored by all® OXI. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Is it just me or is laundry like the ‘song that never ends’, it just goes on and on my friend. Ha! Before we had children, I never really understood why so many people were overwhelmed with laundry. I usually managed to keep a pretty good handle on it overall. Then, we had a baby, and 3 years later…another baby, and now: I totally get why laundry is so overwhelming and the bane of most moms’ existences. I’ll admit, I’ve let the laundry get the best of me the past few months. Between a new baby, the holidays and just life, I have had more mountains of laundry than I’d like to admit. Now that it’s a new year, I’m committed to making small changes that lower my stress level and help our family overall. One of those little changes is in how I approach our laundry routine as a family. I’m making huge strides in staying on top of it, and as silly as it seems: I’m much less stressed because of it! I don’t feel like there’s constantly something else to check off of my to-do list, and I don’t have to worry if I have a clean pair of underwear (tell me I’m not the only one?!).
How To Stay Ahead of The Laundry Game
Reuse Towels. If you use a new towel for every shower, it causes a mountain of laundry in a hurry. We have 4 people in our house constantly taking showers and baths, and that’s a TON of towels to wash each week! Let’s face it, you can hang your towel to dry and use it at least twice. Getting in this habit alone is a huge time (and resource) saver!
Set a Schedule. Pick a day every week or every other week to wash bedding. Instead of washing your children’s bedding one day, your bedding another, and so on…wash all of the bedding on the same day. It may be a lot of work on that one day, but once it’s done…it’s done! You don’t feel like you are chasing your tail with it by washing bedding day after day. Do the same with clothing, pick two or three days a week that you will wash, dry, fold and put up the laundry. Instead of doing 1 load per day, do 2 or 3 loads every 2 or 3 days. By ‘batching’ your laundry work, it relieves the feeling of constantly doing laundry.
Put It Up. This is truly my biggest struggle. I’m the world’s worst to fold laundry and leave it sitting in the basket for days, or pile it so high that I can’t even carry the basket upstairs. By putting a load of laundry up as soon as it’s folded, I can stay ahead of the game. It not only gives you a sense of accomplishment, but it also clears out your laundry area so it feels less cluttered and overwhelming.
Choose your detergent carefully. Sure, some detergents may save you money…but are they really saving you time? If you have to wash a load of clothes more than once to get stains out – the answer is probably no. With a baby, a toddler and a husband who works a very fast-paced job, stains happen often in our house. Instead of spending time scrubbing stains and re-washing loads of laundry, I’m letting all® OXI do the work for me! I highly recommend all® OXI if you are like us and have a busy lifestyle, not only does it help to remove stains, but it leaves your laundry smelling (and feeling) fresh!