There aren’t many things that feel better than snuggling into a freshly washed shirt or a favorite pair of pants. The clean smell, the lovely texture, the perfect fit… It’s hard to deny that having clean laundry can be an amazing experience.
So why does doing the laundry often have to feel like such a chore?
And that can be a problem! As any experienced laundry procrastinator will tell you, the longer you put off getting started, the more it piles up, and the harder it becomes to get into your groove.
It’s kind of like snow! You may think you’ll be able to get away without shoveling first thing in the morning, when there’s a tiny sprinkling on the ground… But by the time it’s late afternoon, and you’ve had your cup of cocoa, and you’re finally ready to shovel, you find the white stuff stacked up to your knees, making it that much harder to clear away!
With laundry, it gets especially bad when there are kids or teenagers in the house. Parents and grandparents, how many times have you had to ask a young one to hang up their clothes? Or at least toss their dirty stuff in the hamper?
And again, the longer you put it off, the worse it gets… Until the laundry epidemic starts to impact other parts of your household! Like snow, or pests, or a virus, clothes can just seem to get everywhere, can’t they? They spread like wildfire! Out of the closet and into the bedroom. Through the hallway. Down the basement steps. Pretty soon, there’s so much laundry spread around that it’s harder to do your other housework, like vacuuming or dusting!
Having laundry piled up can also make it harder for your professional cleaning crew to do their job around your house. Even worse, letting too much clutter build up can lead to more dust, pollen, and other allergens piling up, which can cause allergy sufferers to start wheezing and sneezing. Having clothes piled up also makes even harder to get your house ready for company on a moment’s notice.
So, we’ve talked in some depth about the horror of laundry. Now comes the most important part – what you can do about it.
In a lot of ways, one of the most important things you can do make life easier for yourself is to figure out how to sort your laundry. Keeping your dirty clothes organized might just encourage you to get laundry done more quickly, whether that means taking things to the dry cleaners or lugging a load to a washing machine.
Along the way, sorting your laundry can help you stop the spread, making your house feel more organized and ready for company – or a nice cleaning – at a moment’s notice.
So, where to get started with sorting your laundry? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Always Read the Tag
If you’re trying to move a mountain of laundry for the first time, one of the most important steps you can take is to read the tags on your garments. Most of the time, these care tags will have plenty of information about the best way to treat the article of clothing.
For instance, you may find some clothes – such as those made of wool, silk, rayon, or cashmere – labeled as “dry clean only,” meaning that they can’t be tossed into your normal washer/dryer routine. You’ll also find that some of your garments are supposed to be hand-washed only, or “washed separately;” others will have specific instructions on what temperature to set the dryer for best results.
All of this information will be super helpful, now that it’s time to…
Figure Out the Best Way to Sort
To clear the hurdle of getting started with your laundry, start by sorting your clothes in a way that works best for you! Here are three ideas that may help:
- By color
Clothes that are saturated with color are more likely to let dye run loose, contaminating the rest of your laundry load. Consider separating out your laundry into lights, darks, and mediums. If you’re concerned that a piece of clothing is really going to bleed color, don’t hesitate to wash it on its own a few times, to help the dye set for future washes.
- By fabric
Over at Good Housekeeping, they break fabrics down into two major categories: “lint givers” and “lint receivers.” These two shouldn’t be mixed, for obvious reasons – your laundry will come out looking pilly and unappealing! Running unlike materials together can also cause major damage to all of your laundry, as heavier and coarser fabrics can be abrasive to lighter materials. At the same time, different fabrics dry at different rates – meaning that some of your clothes may come out of the machine overly dry, while others are still damp.
- By dirtiness
A good rule of thumb? The dirtier a piece of fabric, the harder it will be to get clean. For particularly tough or set-in stains, you may even need to use a specialty setting on your machine, which would be wasted on the rest of the load. For this reason, you may want to keep your most soiled items separate from the rest of your laundry. This will help make it clear what you need to prioritize when it comes time to do the laundry… and will help stop the worst of the dirt from affecting your other clothes!
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Finally, one last thing to consider is how you’re going to store your laundry as you get it sorted and ready to hit the cleaners.
There are all sorts of options, and you may need to experiment a bit to find the method that’s best for your household.
Do you have a separate laundry room where you can stash the mess? Is a cute, functional laundry hamper the best option for you? Would your kids benefit from having a laundry bag or two hanging from the back of their bedroom doors? The choice is yours!
Here at Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service, our passion is all things housekeeping. Do you have any laundry tips, tricks, or hacks? We’d love to hear about your favorites over on Facebook!
And remember, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful! Whether you’re looking for a deep clean, light housekeeping, or service before a special event, our professional home services can help. With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
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