How To Conquer Dirty Laundry With These Two Hacks Every Single Week

How would it change your days to be able to conquer dirty laundry fast & easy EVERY single week?  Ah, to finally get a little control over it so that it’s not such a dreaded chore!  Keep reading, friend.  Although there are two things that I don’t foresee going away and that’s dirty laundry and dishes, but I’ve got some home hack ideas to break free from the stress of clean vs. dirty laundry once and for all!

Putting dirty laundry into the machine with clothes hanging out




It may sound silly but I’m saying it anyway…

If your house is like mine, my people are going to keep changing clothes daily and getting them dirty.  Laundry duty was always such a thorn in my side because I always felt like I was “behind.”  If keeping everyone’s clothes clean and ready is a stressful thorn in your side too, then let’s get on to what these two laundry hacks are, shall we?!

Dirty laundry solutions

I’ve made changes in how I deal with dirty laundry on a daily basis and it truly does feel as though I’ve pulled that thorn out of my side, so to speak.  It used to be such a burden but I actually enjoy laundry duty now!  Laundry is no longer bringing me down AND we actually have clean clothes to wear when we reach for them that I don’t have to chase down – only to find wrinkled and looking slept in.

#1  ONE LAUNDRY LOAD AT A TIME

If you are struggling to get your whole laundry issue under control then lean in close to what I’m about to share with you.  Start your laundry intervention by not putting the second load of laundry in the washer until the first load is clean, dry, and put away.  AND wash at least one load – every single day.  I know it sounds crazy, (especially for large families), but stick with me, friend.

Part of laundry chaos is having clothes in all stages all of the house in an unorganized hot mess – dirty, clean but wrinkled in the hamper, dry but still in the dryer, wet and forgotten in the washer, etc.  The ultimate goal, in the end, is to figure out how many loads a day would be ideal for your family.  When you are just starting out, getting in the habit of following through with one load of laundry to the end is key!  After you’ve mastered that hack, then you can add more loads.

#2  RUN TO THAT CLOTHES DRYER, HONEY

Well, you don’t have to run, but the next most important hack to deal with dirty laundry chaos is to take clothes out of the dryer immediately – and do so in the laundry room if there’s any way possible.

What do I mean?

By removing clothes from the dryer as soon as it buzzes (or your phone timer goes off) will eliminate your laundry stress by 50%.  Instead of leaving clothes in the dryer to get wrinkled (where most will have to be ironed later), put hangup clothes on hangers immediately.  If you have to throw unmentionables, socks, and PJs in a hamper to fold later, so be it.  But get those shirts, pants, skirts, etc. on a hanger a.s.a.p. and let every family come and retrieve them from the laundry room rod.

I can’t remember the last time I used an iron and ironing board.  Seriously!  I put my dryer on the permanent press setting and hang up clothes as soon as that dryer dings.

Life changing, Y’all!

How to do Laundry fast & easy
 

There are more tips to share why I love doing laundry and laundry room organization.  If you’d like more cleaning tips and hacks, HERE is a full page of them.  Be diligent to make these two dirty laundry hacks into habits and you’ll thank me later, friend.  Let me know what you think!

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I hope these dirty laundry hacks have helped ease the struggle of getting it done.  Please share any laundry hacks that help you below!





Shan

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30 Comments

  1. April 12, 2018 / 8:55 am

    Oh gosh, laundry! I hate it so much I make my husband do it and I do the dishes – doesn’t sound like a great trade off but I actually enjoy that time. Thanks for the tips!

  2. April 12, 2018 / 9:26 am

    I have 6 kids, there are 8 of us. Laundry is a never ending battle in my home. It never ends! These are great laundry tips!

  3. April 12, 2018 / 10:13 am

    These are great tips! I can’t tell you how many times I rewash the same load of laundry because I forgot about it and it got smelly!

  4. April 12, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    These are wonderful tips, but my favorite is to tackle the dry laundry immediately! The sooner I get that out of the way, the better. Lol love the video, too!

  5. April 12, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I have come up with a system where I do all the laundry on one day. It really helps me stay focused so I know that is the task for the day.

  6. April 13, 2018 / 10:46 am

    I definitely do the dry clothes tip. Plus I love the way how fresh hot clothes feel.

    • Shan
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 11:03 pm

      Finally… someone who understands me. I feel the same way, Jalisa! lol

      shan

  7. October 9, 2018 / 8:00 am

    I am going to have to remember to figure out how to make my dryer “buzz”. New dryer and I have yet to figure it out, but that is a fabulous tip! Get them out ASAP and no ironing or steaming the wrinkles! =)

    • Shan
      Author
      October 9, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Exactly, Kelly!!! It’s a game changer for sure!

      much love,
      shan

  8. October 9, 2018 / 8:01 am

    I will need to figure out how to set the buzzer on my dryer! That is an excellent point on pulling it out right away! I never seem to be in the area at the time, but maybe if I heard it, I could be! =)

  9. October 9, 2018 / 9:13 am

    These are good tips. I’m terrible for putting loads on laundry in and never putting anything away, then I end up with a mountain of stuff to sort!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 9, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Yes, and I despise that!

      much love,
      shan

  10. October 9, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Run to the dryer fast! This is the advice I needed. I seriously need to get better at folding the laundry immediately.

    • Shan
      Author
      October 9, 2018 / 9:19 am

      I know it sounds silly, but it is life-changing for real. No more wrinkled clothes. I never iron!

      much love,
      shan

  11. October 9, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    This is a battle I feel like I can never win. I often fail at getting clothes out of the dryer and then they’re completely wrinkled. Love your suggestions!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 9, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      Don’t get discouraged, April! Maybe only do a load when you are nearby for a while. Set that timer on the dryer or on your phone!

      much love,
      shan

  12. October 9, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    I’ve been doing one load a day for the last month and it has been a game changer! I don’t like the laundry build up!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 9, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Yay for you, Jaclyn! It’s a gamechanger for me too! 🙂

      much love,
      shan

  13. Bailey
    October 9, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    I love the idea of just taking it one, single load at a time. That seems like it would work well for me since I get completely overwhelmed by laundry.

    • Shan
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 11:10 am

      It has been a lifesaver for me. For real. Just a tiny chore that I add to my morning or evening routine and it loses the overwhelming-ness! 😉

      much love,
      shan

  14. October 10, 2018 / 12:01 am

    Laundry is my nemesis! I’ve been avoiding the one load a day thing, but I just might need to give in and give it a try. Maybe taking out of the dryer right away will also help me to fold and put up that day as well. Fingers crossed!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 11:09 am

      I know the idea of laundry every day or every other day is a pain to some, but for me, that makes it not such a huge chore. Just one load to be responsible for isn’t as big of a deal for me. Hope it’s helpful!

      much love,
      shan

  15. October 10, 2018 / 7:32 am

    These are great tips. I’m horrible with getting the dryer when the buzzer goes off and that starts my vicious cycle of wrinkles that I can’t stand. It always takes twice as long

    • Shan
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Yep, can’t do wrinkles and ironing. It makes a HUGE difference to grab out of the dryer (and hang dry) as much as you can. 😉

      much love,
      shan

  16. October 10, 2018 / 8:27 am

    I like these! My husband is actually in charge of all the laundry (hurray!) so I will have to forward this on to him : ) Super helpful!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 11:07 am

      Aren’t you a fortunate girl?! Hope it’s helpful. 😉

      much love,
      shan

  17. October 10, 2018 / 11:21 am

    We just got a washer/dryer in our place. I am hoping following your tips and having our own washer and dryer will help me keep on top of the laundry.

    • Shan
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Yay, Gemma. Glad you have your own. I actually enjoy laundry duty now! 😉

      much love,
      shan

  18. October 10, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    Laundry is definitely my least favorite chore to do , but thanks for the good tips . I’m going to try to get the laundry out of the dryer ASAP!

  19. October 10, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    I need to get back in this habit! Thank you for the ideas!

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