3 Ways to make laundry fun

When my husband and I got our very first apartment, we had a basic washing machine and dryer. We pretty much loaded the machine, turned the dial to the start position and pulled the knob. 

Our laundry room was so tiny, only one of us could do laundry at a time. There was literally no room to do anything but bring clothes in and out. Since then, we’ve expanded our family and moved into our first home with a family-size laundry room. We do 10 to 15 loads per week, so if we can do that much laundry and enjoy it, our tips may be worth checking out.

1. Create a laundry system

Our laundry system is built around organizing the flow of laundry, how many days laundry will be done and who’s responsible for what.

Laundry wash/dry days: 

My husband does laundry five to six days a week. At one point, he did almost no laundry — but since buying a washer and dryer with optimal design and multiple wash/dry cycles, he’s taken over the laundry.

The features on these newer washers and dryers make it easier for him to load, unload and transfer laundry from machine to machine.

The type of washer and dryer you own has a lot to do with whether laundry time is fun for your family or a chore. It’s an investment — but it should also be looked at as a family helper. When I buy appliances, I expect them to lighten my workload or eliminate work for me. 

To find the right product, my husband and I always visit several appliance stores and test out features. If you’ve never done this, head to the appliance store and test out the LG Electronics Top Load Washer and EasyLoad Dryer

You can blame me if the EasyLoad door feature causes you to come home with a new dryer this week.

Clothes organization: 

I came up with the idea of having a dedicated laundry basket for each type of wash. I was tired of having to first sort laundry before we could wash it.

Instead, I invested in seven canvas laundry baskets, so we can sort as we bring our clothes to the laundry room. My baskets are labeled:

  • Whites
  • Delicates
  • Linen
  • Cleaning rags
  • Gym clothes
  • Jeans
  • Colors

Having separate baskets was a way to reduce my laundry workload and also get my kids involved.

2. Get the family involved

Kids can sort, fold and put away. Bringing in a labeled basket for each type of wash load made it easier for my kids to get involved with sorting their own clothes. 

The kids are responsible for bringing their dirty clothes to the laundry room and putting it in the proper basket. 

Laundry folding table:

We have a six-foot-long table for folding laundry. Once the clothes are washed and dried, everyone is responsible for collecting their clean clothes from the folding table. 

The table is a fun feature for me because, in the past, clean clothes were often dumped on the couch. Seeing them there made the house feel junky. 

Now when my husband needs the dryer for the next load, he just dumps them on the folding table in the laundry room. The laundry room has a door so I don’t have to look at a pile of clothes all day until the kids get home to get theirs. 

3. Be consistent

Everyone needs to be consistent to make laundry fun for the family. 
My kids are the least consistent at this point, but I understand they are just young people. We have to tell them to get their clothes every day, and if you ask, they’ll probably tell you laundry isn’t fun — nor will it ever be fun.

But, like I said, they’re just young people. Their dad and I are happy with our set up, which makes doing laundry so much easier. 

LG is devoted to creating home appliances that help simplify household chores, so consumers can spend more time focusing on the things they enjoy.

Click to learn more about my dream washer and dryer: LG Top Load Washer (WT7700) and the LG EasyLoad Dryer (DLEX7700VE, electric/DLGX7701VE, gas).
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171 Comments

  1. I can do laundry all day, but folding and putting them away is not my favorite. I wish there's an app for that! or an LG creation that helps get it done! Thank you for the idea of getting the family involved, especially on sorting dirty clothes. My daughter would love this idea! Thanks!

  2. I wish I could have my washer and dryer on the first floor instead of the basement. This would make it easier instead of going up and down the stairs with lots of clothes.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. I'd love if I can do more laundry in one load. Seems like I do laundry daily and if I were able to get more clothes in a load, I could do laundry less often. Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  4. I don't know why, but your comments section won't let me reply to my comments to correct the email addy left in the 1st comment. Please note that the email for me is NOT 14earth at gmail dot co it IS 14earth at gmail dot com. Sorry I had to leave another comment. Please just delete it once you have made a notation to my other comment. Thanks!

  5. I HATE my washer. Biggest waste of nearly $800 I've ever had. That said, I would love it if my clothes actually got cleaned and there was a guarantee that they would not stink after washing for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Yep. Sometimes they STILL stink! bleh!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot co

  6. I would like to get my kids more involved in the laundry duties since they seem to produce the most! Plus, they are getting to the age where they should learn.
    jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

  7. I would like a larger laundry room and a washer that could hold more. I would love to be able to wash my comforter and bed sheets at the same time.
    reklaw422 at Hotmail dot com

  8. I would love to have a clothesline or drying rack so it doesn't look line an underwear store exploded when I hang delicates from doorknobs or dresser knobs.

  9. Ultimately, I'd love to have the washer and dryer on the same floor as the bedrooms, where the closets and dressers are located. I have a hard time hauling the laundry baskets up and down the stairs. But on a more practical level, the doors to the washer and dryer in our rented house are in the exact opposite positions they should be in, so I have to reach over and around both doors to get laundry from the washer into the dryer.
    [notheranneother {at} gmail {dot} com]

  10. I would love a larger capacity washer which would allow me to do less loads thereby saving me so much time. I hate needing to wash, for example, bunch of bath towels and needing to break it up into 2 separate wash loads especially since they take a long time to dry so the whole ordeal takes hours.
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

  11. Isnt it just weird, I was thinking we need to start sorting our laundry better esp. as the liluns arent so little anymore and its we momas to set them up for a better tomorrow…with a lil help from papa.and here you are you share the perfect post.

    That said Focus, Planning, Being organised, Team and CONSISTENCY are essential in every part of life that has a community and a family is the core of a community. In Business they can be the the factor between success and …. Cheers Saidah!

  12. I have three laundry baskets, with labels of black, colour and white. And my kids still can't be bothered to separate their own clothes. It drives me mad. Especially after ruining some white clothes that turned pink and such. So yes, this is what I would like to change most about my laundry routine – my kids 🙂

  13. There are almost no purely white clothes in my household so I have a basket that is for both white and delicate – sort it when its full. Other than that we put clothes in the machine when we take them off – when its full it goes on.

  14. I loathe doing laundry because it always seems like a never ending chore. I have been trying to find a system that works for the whole family to make it a smooth and easy process. Thanks for sharing these useful tips.

  15. Didn't know it was possible to have fun doing laundry. We will see. I will try these tips this weekend and see how they turn out. Thanks a ton!

  16. I absolutely love the sorter baskets! It would be perfect if I had a bigger laundry room. I also like the idea of a folding table! That would be very helpful! I still have the "old school" washer & dryer, so that's my folding space. And thanks for the tips on how to find a new washer/dryer. When mine play out, I'll upgrade to the new style!

    Wakeelah M.
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  17. Kristin Goodson
    Marleykristin@hotmail.com

    If I could change one thing I would have a better organization system. I love how you label your baskets to make it easier to sort. This system would be great do my son could help with the laundry as well.

  18. I would love a laundry room that's not in the garage! I would also like a well organized area with lots of storage and shelving.

  19. I would love to change the way my laundry is sorted and folded. I would love to have labeled bins like you did here, and a folding table so I can fold and then put them away folded.

  20. I have never really dislike doing laundry but your post sue does give some great tips for making it easier. I do think having a folding table that is the right height is so important and makes things so much easier.

  21. I have plenty of room for folding on top of the machines, but the sorting not so much. On laundry day, I usually sort the clothes into piles in the hallway and then as they get washed that day, the piles disappear.

  22. I need more shelves to help me be more organzied in the laundry room because I have the bottle of clothes soap all over the floor and it is in the way. I also need to have better bins to put our clothes in for sorting.

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. I would like a bigger laundry room with a table so I had the space to fold and sort clothing. Right now I have to pile it into a basket to go put it away.

    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  24. Thanks for sharing great tips! I really like doing laundry but I wish we had a bigger laundry room, so we could have different baskets for sorting clothes. I really like how your laundry duty is sorted out.

  25. I would like to change where everyone puts their dirty laundry. Although there is a designated area for the dirty laundry, it seems to end up everywhere but that area and I have to go hunt it all down. Organization I guess would be what I need help with and a way to teach the others where to put it 🙂

  26. I would like to be able to fold the clothes as soon as they get out of the dryer. I would also like my small children to start helping. They do help sometimes but it gets mess up when they put it in their dresser.

  27. We are actually looking to purchase a new washer and dryer this weekend. Our dryer is on the fritz so we cannot use it all the time. I do like to do one load a day from start to completion. Usually I need to do more but that makes me feel like an accomplished laundry person if I can pull that off.

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