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.
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:
- Cleaning rags
- Gym clothes
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.
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