My husband and I love to get out of town for the weekend. It doesn’t happen very often, but I am always so grateful for those few days we can sneak away sans children.
This past weekend, we were able to spend a little time in the mountains – our favorite getaway!
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Laundry for Six People
If you are a mama, you know how you have to move heaven and earth to go anywhere, even if it’s just overnight. We were in the mountains for 3 nights and my in-laws were kind enough to keep our children.
Returning home after 4 days away and dealing with the laundry of 6 people is no small task. Here are two tips I have found to be helpful in getting the laundry washed after a big trip.
You know, instead of letting it sit in the suitcase for 3 days after you return home. Not that I’ve ever done that. Ahem.
Put your suitcases near the laundry room
When getting your suitcases out of the car, head straight for the laundry room.
If you take them to bedrooms or leave them in the kitchen, you’ll be much more likely to leave them there for days on end.
So make a mental note for your next trip: Drop off suitcases by the laundry room immediately after bringing them inside.
No ifs, ands, or buts.
Yes, you’ll have to make several trips returning all of your items to where they belong (shoes, hair dryer, make up, etc), but your clothes are much more likely to end up in the washing machine.
And if you have a laundry that is large enough, go ahead and put your suitcases in the laundry room. You can get moving on the first load quickly, and it also gets those big cases out of the way.
Just make sure that it’s not a case of “out of sight, out of mind!”
Sort laundry as soon as you remove it from the suitcase
In the picture, you can see that I empty our suitcases straight into my laundry sorting bins. By sorting immediately from the suitcase, I combine two steps in one.
If I take all of the clothes and throw them in a pile on the floor, I still have to take the time to sort them. This easy step streamlines things quite a bit.
In addition to saving me time, I also can easily eye ball my stack and see which load needs to go in first.
By implementing these two easy tips, your post-trip laundry can actually seem manageable, instead of being a horribly overwhelming mountain of clothes on the floor.
What tips do you have for getting your laundry washed after a trip out of town?