Laundry can often feel like a chore. It is on everyone’s chore list after all. Sometimes you might even let it pile up because you don’t feel like doing it. Then it becomes even more daunting with multiple loads and multiple piles.
Doing laundry can just feel like such a time commitment too. You have to wash, dry, fold, and hang it up and put it away. And you’re never done — what you’re wearing while doing laundry is ready to be washed by nightfall! Though it can be an annoying task, it is nice when your favorite clothes are clean. And sliding into bed with freshly laundered sheets is heavenly.
The good news is that you can get those great results and doing your washing doesn’t have to be so dreadful. Keep reading to discover ways to make your laundry process more enjoyable.
1. Pods Over Liquid
Little things can make a huge difference. Though laundry pods can be pricier per ounce than liquid and powder detergent, they save time and mess. It can be nice to just toss a pre-measured pod in the machine versus measuring out the liquid.
Pods are also smaller to store. If you don’t have in-unit laundry, pods make your trips to the laundromat more convenient as well. They are a lot lighter than lugging your liquid jug around.
2. Upgrade Your Scents
If you’re in the position to do so financially, elevate your laundry experience. While some brands offer great prices in bulk, your scent choices are a bit more standard with this route. If you enjoy premium scents, look into specialty laundry soaps that match your lifestyle. You will pay a bit more for this, but it changes your laundry game.
If this stretches the budget, but you want to try the finer things, save it for special occasions or items. Use your bulk, standard detergents for your undergarments and gym clothes. Save the premium scent for your bedding, work clothes, and out-on-the-town outfits.
3. Presort Your Laundry
Your pile of laundry might seem like Mount Everest as it peeks out of your basket. Everything is mixed together and seems unsurmountable. When you lug it to the laundry room, you have to sort it before you can even start washing. Or do you?
Getting separate baskets for your light, dark, delicate, or even towels can make the process a breeze. Just toss your dirty clothes and linens in the appropriate baskets or sacks, and it’s presorted when laundry day arrives. Bonus — you can see when one load type needs attention. You can just toss in a load of towels without having to dig through your mountain.
4. Spruce Up Your Laundry Room
The laundry room can be a dull and drab place. Often it gets stuck down in the unfinished basement or off the garage as an afterthought. No wonder people don’t enjoy spending time there. Utilize practical and visual elements to turn this space into a room that’s efficient and enjoyable to be in.
Organizational items, like a counter for folding and under counter bins for sorting, are helpful. Above cabinets or a rolling caddy that fits between your machines can be handy for soaps, sprays, and dryer sheets. Paint or wallpaper can make the area more lively too. Light fixtures are another option to add some personalization. Create a fresh, clean vibe that is inviting.
5. Wrangle Your Socks
Socks can be one of the most dreaded parts of folding your clean clothes. It always seems like socks magically disappear, and you’re left with mismatched pairs. It’s frustrating, especially if you’re looking for a certain pair. There are two options that can make this easier and more enjoyable.
The first option is to toss out all your socks and buy the same type of sock in bulk. This means no more matching — all of your socks are the same. If you like fun and socks with lots of variety, this option might not work for you. Instead, buy a mesh bag and place your dirty socks in it and wash and dry them in this bag. They stay together and don’t get mixed in with everything else in the wash.
6. Use the Time Between Cycles
One of the least exciting parts of doing laundry is the amount of time it takes. The washer takes time, then you have to wait on the dryer to start the next load. Instead of only doing laundry, use the time between cycles for other things. For example, you could read a book, catch up on a Netflix series, or do a quick workout.
If you live in an apartment and have to take your laundry to the main community center, enjoy the amenities. Laundry time zips by when you’re lounging by the pool between loads.
7. Outsource Your Laundry
Depending on your budget and location, you might be able to outsource your laundry. Talk about making it less of a chore! Most people know about dropping off dry cleaning, but did you know free pickup and delivery is also an option? More than that, you can even have wash and fold laundry done this way in certain areas.
You’ll pay for the convenience and need to tip as well (think of it like ordering delivery as opposed to cooking at home). If delivery isn’t an option in your area, you might have other options for this service. You would likely just have to drop your laundry off and pick it up yourself.
Laundry is one of those tasks that piles up — literally! It doesn’t have to be a terrible time though. Trying out a few of the tips listed above can make it more enjoyable. Save time and enjoy the process as much as you can.
Find what works for you. You’ll be happy with the end result of fresh clothes and linens that smell great and bring you joy.