Laundry….it’s every moms nightmare, for some reason kids just keep wearing and dirtying clothes every single day and there is no end in site. It really is a never ending, vicious cycle this laundry thing, but since it isn’t going away any time soon I have compiled some laundry hacks that are working for my family and I hope will work for yours too. Even though I sought out these laundry hacks because I have a large family, which means extra laundry, they work great for any family that needs to tackle the laundry mountain.
Individual Laundry Baskets – I went out and bought individual laundry baskets for each kid, then we personalized each one with colored duct tape. When I sort the laundry each kid gets their own basket which they are then responsible for. This has been a huge game changer for us. I used to sort by room since my kids are all in shared bedrooms, but that meant 3 kids putting away one overflowing basket which always led to arguing and a miserable fight to get clothes put away. Now each child has one basket they are completely responsible for and it is working beautifully!
Central Uniform Location – My kids wear uniforms every day and they are in similar sizes which means sometimes they swap jumpers or polos depending on what is clean. My kids also share a room and get up at different times which makes getting clothes out of the closet to dress hard. So we created a central uniform location where all the clothes are hanging in size order for me to grab for each f them each morning. For us this location is a bar above the washer and dryer but it can be a hall closet or wherever works for you. If you are short on space I discovered these awesome space saving hangars, they doubled my closet capacity!
Community Sock Drawer – Socks are my nemesis. No matter how many I match the kids can never find a pair of socks. One thing that has made socks much less awful is having a community sock drawer in an easily accessible location. That’s right I have a mini dresser in the hallway that has all 5 girls socks in one place so they can each go and find a pair easily. It is a beautiful thing, I also keep kids hats in one of the drawers. This is the 3 drawer storage bin I have and love!
These 3 changes in our laundry routine have really saved my sanity, the only thing better would be if someone else took care of all the laundry for me!