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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!

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Stress Free Mornings

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
August 20th, 2014

School BusWhether it is off to school or off to work, take simple steps to get you and your child out the door in the morning with little or no stress. By eliminating stress from the morning rush, you and your child will be able to think more clearly, feel in control, be happy, and perhaps even be a bit more friendly or patient with others.

The key to a successful morning is to prepare the night before. Prepare and pack all lunches, backpacks, gym bags, etc. Be sure to include lunch money and notes. Before you go to bed everything that you need to get out the door and have a successful day needs to ready but don’t wait until you are too tired. Prepare right after dinner, before you sit down and turn on the television.

Also, pick out your outfit for the next day – everything from underwear to jewelry. Hang all of the items over the hanger with your clothing. Place your shoes right below the hanger. Studies show you will dress better if you pick out your clothing the night before. If you select your clothing in the morning when you are tired and grumpy, you will probably choose your most comfortable and casual clothing.

Happy stress-free mornings!
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Dorm Room Decor and Organizing Tips on WFMZ-TV

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
July 23rd, 2014

PrintThis morning on WFMZ-TV I shared with viewers tips on decorating and organizing a college dorm room. All the items shown were from Target and ranged in price from $3.99 to $19.99. When shopping in-store at a local Target, just look for the “College Shop” flags to help you navigate to what you need.

While it might be nice to coordinate colors with your roommate, keep in mind you may not have the same roommate year after year. Instead, consider a color that coordinates or blends with your room color at home. This way during the summer months you can take full advantage of what you purchased for college and use the items in your room at home such as a lamp, chair, ottoman, string lights, decorative pillows, etc.

Dorm rooms typically have either a standard length twin bed or an extra long twin bed. No matter if you know the size of your bed or not, purchase the comforter and sheets in XL. You never know what size bed you will have next year or the year after. The bed size may differ from dormitory to dormitory or if you move into an apartment. You won’t notice the difference if you buy extra long, but you will notice the difference if you are trying to fit a standard length mattress pad or fitted sheet on an extra long twin mattress.

While making your packing checklist, beware of the items that college student typically forget to pack. Add to your list a cable for TV, extension cords, batteries for remotes (TV and fan), postage stamps, and envelopes.

Items shown on the dorm room organizing TV segment: Comforter $16.00; Sheets $16.99; Decorative Pillow $18.99; Bed Rest Pillow $12; Paper Lantern String Lights $14.99; Metal Flower String Lights $14.99; Table Lamp $19.99; Ottoman $19.99; Decorative Fabric Bin $6.99; Decorative Bin $6.79; Beside Caddy $7.99; Over the Door Organizer $9.99; Storage Crate $3.99; Shower Wrap $11.00; Shower Tote $7.99; Shower Caddy: In-store Laundry Bag $9.99; Drying Rack/Towel Bar: In-store

Happy dorm room organizing!
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How to Organize for Baby and Toddlers

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
October 9th, 2013

Preparing for a new baby can be a daunting task yet it is such an exciting chapter of your life. Whether it is baby #1, 2, or 3, preparation is the key to enjoyment and stress-free days.

I am proof that being an organized mom pays off. I started my professional organizing business when I had a 3 1/2 year old, 1 1/2 year old, and I was pregnant with my third child. My house was perfectly straight and I was sitting waiting for my toddler and almost-toddler to wake up from naps when I realized I could be doing something with my free time – something I loved to do and had a passion for. Now certainly you don’t need to become a professional organizer but I did share with viewers this morning on WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show ways to be organized with little cutie pies in the house.

As with an endeavor you’ll want to start thinking ahead. The more you do ahead of time the more you can enjoy the time surrounding your baby’s birth. With a little planning for baby now things will go much smoother later.

If you are wondering how to setup a changing table, take some advice from an organizing pro who is also a mom to three! You’ll have a perfectly organized changing table if you follow some basic concepts.

If you are not sure how to organize your baby or toddler’s closet, there are simple steps to maximizing space and keeping it organized. When organizing a child’s closet you’ll want to set it up so anyone who is caring for your baby or toddler (mom, dad, grandparents, babysitters, etc.) can find what they are looking for.

If you are in search of cute baskets or the latest gadgets and gizmos for babies and toddlers, you’ll find an array of adorable and helpful products at Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. Don’t forget to shop your locally owned baby accessory stores as these stores typically have unique and hard to find items. If your budget is tight or you prefer to recycle, shop your local thrift or consignment shoppes.

Wishing you all the best!

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How to Organize a Baby or Toddler’s Closet

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
October 9th, 2013

If you are starting from scratch to organize a baby or toddler’s closet, consider installing a system that has adjustable shelving like freedomRail. This way you can start with triple hanging (instead of double hanging) to maximize hanging space. The top rod of triple hanging is ideal for clothing to-grow-into and hand-me-downs. The top rod is also an ideal place to store clothing you don’t want your toddler pulling out.

As your child starts to grown and you need more length for hanging, eliminate one of the triple rods but keep the shelf and adjust the height of the other two rods with shelves. A few years later when you even need more length, eliminate the shelf that doesn’t have a rod below it and adjust the other two rods with shelves. Now you will be at adult double hanging which is about 42″ apart from one shelf to another.

To organize hanging clothes group like items together such as tops, bottoms, sets, dresses, and outer wear. Then place clothing in color order (white to black) within each grouping. If you have a clothing set, top with bottom or skirt with top, keep the two together. This will make it easier for both parents and babysitters to find matching outfits.

Uses hangers with clips to keep sets together. There will be no guessing of what top goes with which bottom. To prevent strappy tops or sundresses from falling off hangers use either plastic hangers with cut outs along the top on each side or use slim line velvety hangers. If you are tight on space consider slim line hangers as opposed to plastic hangers. The thinness of the slim line hangers allows you to store more clothing in less space.

To keep the closet organized and labeled for everyone, consider using closet rod organizers to indicate size or season. Most closet rod organizers come in array of fun colors like pink, light blue, green, yellow, and dark blue.

You’ll want to keep a spare set of clothing in your diaper bag for the unexpected soiling of clothing. If you keep an outfit in the diaper bag that is the size your baby is currently wearing, you’re baby will outgrow the outfit with little or no wear. To avoid this, the outfit in your diaper bag should be one size larger than what your child is in now.

Keep a basket or hamper in the closet or nearby for easy tossing of soiled clothing. A shelf in the closet is an ideal place to keep a keepsake box. With a keepsake box on a shelf you can quickly toss a keepsake inside.

To store bows or barrettes consider making a holder. Take a cute mirror or picture frame. Glue three 12″ long strips of 1 1/2″ wide decorative ribbon (spread evenly apart) on the backside of the mirror or frame with the ribbon cascading down. Attach your newly created holder to the wall with Command® Strips (Command won’t damage the paint or wallpaper). Then clip barrettes and hair bows to the cascading ribbon.

Happy organizing!

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How to Organize a Changing Table

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
October 9th, 2013

When setting up a changing table organize it so everything can be easily retrieved using just one hand as the other hand will probably be holding a baby. That means most items will need to be stored vertical.

To store items vertically (upright standing on end, not piles) use containers or narrow baskets for onesies, sleepers, and clothing. If you store these items vertically you won’t need to sift through piles looking for what you want and there will be no piles to topple over. Everything will stay neat and organized!

Use small divided containers or small baskets to store small items such as a thermometer or brush. You may be able to repurpose cute gift boxes from shoes or gift sets.

Also set up the changing table so a babysitter or relative has easy access to what baby will need. This will eliminate calls to you at work or on date night.

Items for Changing Table:
Diapers
Wipes
Diaper cream
Onesies/Undershirts
Sleepers
Everyday outfits
Socks
Shoes
Baby Lotion
Nail Clippers
Brush or comb
Thermometer
Tylenol
Vitamins
Pacifiers
Burp pads
Rattle/small toys
Towels & washcloths – optional
Blankets
Changing pad cover
Camera
Garbage can alongside of changing table

Please note if you have other young children in the household store potentially harmful items out of reach.

Happy organizing!

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