The never ending laundry pile can be so overwhelming…and monotonous. Even though you can finish your piles of laundry in a day, the job is never really completed since your family constantly dirties clothes.
If your laundry piles are consuming your thoughts, here are 3 fairly painless ways to reduce the amount of clothing that you wash on a weekly basis.
Wear pajamas more than one night.
Personally, I am not a big fan of this one for myself. I really like to wear clean pajamas each night, and preferably wear them on nice, clean sheets. So I only wear them two nights at a maximum.
I mainly abide by this idea for my children. If they’ve put clean pajamas on after a bath and they put on their clothes as soon as they get up, then I have them wear their pajamas two nights in a row. If for some reason they didn’t have baths or if they ate breakfast in their pajamas (which almost always equals stains) then they only wear them once.
With three (and now four!) children in pajamas each night, the amount of laundry that produces really adds up. Wearing pajamas more than once reduces almost a whole load of laundry for me each week.
Hang towels up after bathing and use them again.
I am amazed at how often people only use a towel one time. Towels can easily be used 2-4 times before laundering. However, I must add that you have to hang them up between uses. If you don’t hang them between uses, they become mildew-y and just gross in general. And no one wants to use that kind of towel on a clean body.
You’ll be surprised at the towels you don’t wash each week if every member in your family will re-use them at least one time.
Establish a laundry routine.
I have proven to myself over and over that a good laundry routine is essential for a ton of reasons. One of those main reasons is that a routine greatly reduces the amount of laundry I wash.
By having dirty clothes where they should be (in the hampers), they are washed in a timely manner. By having clean clothes put away each evening, we know what clothes are available to wear. By having an ironing schedule, I also know what is available.
If I implement my laundry routine as I should, I practically guarantee that my family will have clean clothes. Since our clothes are clean most of the time, it prevents me from having to purchase multiples of items (think 24 pairs of underwear). And when I don’t have to purchase multiples, I don’t have to wash multiples.
While these steps seem obvious and simple, they can make a huge difference in the amount of laundry you wash each week. Try this for a couple of weeks – or even one week! – and let me know your results!
How do you consistently reduce your laundry pile?