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How to Simplify Laundry

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
October 7th, 2015

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Does laundry seem like a never-ending chore? Wish it was done and off your checklist? There is a simple way to quickly and efficiently get laundry done.

If you follow the system below, it will work! The first week or two will be the most difficult as you will be catching up on laundry from ages past. Don’t dismiss using the system until you have used it fully for 3 weeks – it will take that long until you see how wonderfully it works.

You’ll be following a very easy system of doing all your laundry on the same day each week or as close to one day as possible. Yes, it can be done! Once you start doing all your laundry on the same day you’ll be amazed at the amount it decreases. This happens because you’re getting it all done at once and it is then off your checklist!

Begin the process by removing laundry hampers from the different areas of your home, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. Then designate three laundry baskets, hampers or laundry bags – one each for whites, lights, and darks. Next, place these baskets or bags in a common area to the bedrooms of your home such as a linen closet or if you have to, in the hallway to get the process started. You can decide later on a permanent location. For towels, consider placing a hamper in the bathroom or nearby.

Announce to your family the new laundry system which will require each family member to place their soiled clothing in the appropriate basket according to color. It must be done daily, and should be done as soon as the clothing is taking off the body.

There are no exceptions to who does or doesn’t follow the system unless 3 years of age or under. If you have little ones (or big ones) that struggle with differentiating between what is white, light, or dark, consider placing solid colored stickers or ribbons to designate which colors go in each basket or hamper.

Next, determine a designated day that you will do laundry. Yes, just one day, not days! Monday is ideal and it cannot be stressed enough that Monday is the perfect day, whether your work or not. This way all the clothing is clean for the week.

Guess who else did all their laundry on Mondays? The pilgrims did! By completing all your laundry on Monday it will be done and off your checklist for an entire week, no more thinking about it all week long.

Skeptical on how you are going to do all your laundry in one day? Keep in mind that your laundry will already be sorted allowing you to “grab n’ go” with it. As soon as you rise on Monday, grab the basket or bag, put a load in the washer before you take a shower. Once out of the shower, put a load in the dryer and a new load in the washer. Working all day Monday? No problem! Put a load in the washer before work and then a load in the dryer as soon as you come home. Continue until done. To help with dinner, make a large enough meal on Sunday so there are leftovers for Monday!

 

Helpful Info:

If you have a frontloading or non-agitating washer you’ll find you can complete your laundry quicker. Clothing will come out of the washer with less moisture if washed in a non-agitating washer. Therefore it significantly reduces the drying time, in most case to 30 minutes.

You’ll find that you’ll have twice as many dark items in the winter and twice as many light items in the summer.

 

Challenges:

Your child plays a sport that requires a uniform.

Wondering what to do when your child is playing a sport with one uniform and two games a week? Do laundry as usual on Monday, but in the middle of the week do one load (of the color needed) to launder the soiled uniform.

Not sure your family will comply?

It is up to you to enforce it. A simple way to enforce it – if the clothing isn’t in the sorting hampers or baskets, it doesn’t get washed.

Nowhere to put 3 baskets or hampers for sorting?

Be creative. You can use 3 shelves in your linen closet or, if floor space is limited in your house, buy tall kitchen plastic garbage cans to use as hampers – tall ones take up less floor space. Don’t let finding space be an excuse to avoid getting started. Just put 3 hampers or baskets in the hallway or your room to get the system started.

Nowhere to put clean laundry?

It is not uncommon for laundry not to get put away because there is no available space in drawers or in the closet. Don’t let this stop you from doing your laundry all on one day. With managing your time better from completing all your laundry in one day, you’ll have time to purge your dresser drawers and closet of unused items to provide the room to fit the clothing you actually wear.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy doing laundry just one day per week!

Happy laundering!  View TV Segment: How to Simplify Laundry

Diane

 

 

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How to Organize T-Shirts

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
May 1st, 2013

If you’re wondering how to save space in your dresser drawers, it’s quite simple. Store you clothing vertically. Vertical storage provide two huge benefits, the first and foremost is the space that you save by using the height of your drawer. Secondly, you can see all your clothing at a glance allowing you to quickly see what’s there (not there) and make a quick select of what you want to wear. I call this a quick pick vertical storage system.

I have been teaching this vertical storage methodology for years and showcasing the clear bins to make vertical storage quick and simple. To add to the mix of simplifying there is a new product coming on the market to make t-shirt folding a breeze. It is my pleasure to introduce you to pliio™.

pliio™ is the fool proof method of folding t-shirts and vertical storage. Think of pliio™  as a folding board covered in a lightweight fabric. To fold, lay your t-shirt flat (emblem side down). Place a pliio™ centered (both vertically and horizontally) on the t-shirt. Next, fold in each arm/side (how you normally would fold a t-shirt). Then, fold up the bottom portion of the t-shirt 1/4 way up and the top of the t-shirt a 1/4 way down. Next, fold the bottom halfway up, and the top halfway down. Then fold or “close” the t-shirt in half. You’re done! Place the t-shirt in your drawer vertically (with the pliio™ inside). Repeat the steps to fold the rest of your t-shirts. You can also watch a video on folding with pliio™.

Going on vacation? Just grab your t-shirts and pack with the pliio™ inside. When you unpack your suitcase, place your t-shirts in the drawer vertically. Even on vacation you’ll maximize your space and enjoy being organized.

Happy organizing!

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Tips & Tricks for Moms on WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
October 6th, 2009

On Wednesday, October 7th  I was thrilled to be part of WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show with the lovely and talented news anchor, Eve Tannery. Now that school has been back in session for almost five weeks it was the perfect time for me to provde some tips and tricks to make life a little easier for moms. I shared with Eve and the viewers tips on how to:

Remove Ink Marks

Organize School Snacks

Find Lunch Money Easily

Meal Deal for Kids

Get the Kids to Complete Chores

Cut School Pictures in a Snap

Clear Pockets to Label Boxes

Label School & Household Items

Store School Papers/Keepsakes

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Best Ink Stain Remover

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
October 3rd, 2009

Don’t stress the next time you or your child gets a pen mark on clothing or other fabric. As long as the item has not been laundered the ink stain is easy to remove. You may already have this “magical” ink stain remover on hand.

The best ink stain remover is hairspray! Just spray the hairspray directly on the pen mark and let the hairspray soak in a minute or two. Next, rub the fabric together and rinse under cold water. You should then see the ink disappear like magic.

Hairspray that comes in the form of a liquid (with a pump application) works better than hairspray sold in an aerosol can. Be sure to first test the hairspray on an unnoticeable area of the fabric.

When my kids come home from school with pen marks on their clothes it doesn’t matter when I spray the hairspray as long as I spray it before I launder. I can spray it immediately when I notice the ink mark or the following Monday when I am preparing to launder clothes. The key is remembering to use the hairspray before your launder.

If you find ink stains often on your family’s clothing, consider keeping a bottle of hairspray alongside ofyour bottle of laundry detergent.

Hope this tip helps with your laundry dilemmas!

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