10/16/2020 | News release | Archived content
Not many people enjoy doing laundry. It's exhausting. If we can't make the chore enjoyable, could we at least make it more tolerable?
Would having a serene laundry room make a difference? What if laundry rooms could be peaceful, organized spaces? Would a specific laundry routine help break up this monotonous task?
Sometimes, it's not the chore itself-but the environment where it takes place causes stress. Truthfully, there aren't many spaces in your home that are more prone to clutter and chaos than the laundry room.
We're sharing our favorite laundry tips and tricks to transform your laundry routine and turn your chaotic laundry room into an organized clothing oasis.
Most American families wash fifty pounds of laundry per week-and each load takes around an hour and a half to complete. At 5-10 pounds per load, this amount of laundry could easily equal overtenhours of washing and sorting clothes every week. No wonder laundry is up there on your least-favorite-chore list.
The most helpful laundry advice has to do with cutting the time commitment. There are a few things that can drastically decrease the amount of time spent washing your clothes.
Consider the following:
When in doubt, wash your clothing. Some stains won't show up until later, which can make them more difficult to remove. The sooner you wash an item, the less likely a perfume or deodorant stain will permanently stick to the fabric. Also, it's helpful to know about how to treat certain stains. Treating them effectively will save you time, frustration, and money.
You'd be surprised how many stain secrets are out there-and how much time it will save you.
Here are some helpful stain-fighting laundry tips:
Did you know the average hot-water load of laundry costs 68 cents per load, which could equal $268 per year? The same load, using cold water, costs four cents, which would cost you around $16 per year. Some items need to be washed in warm or hot water, like gym clothes or towels. However, for everyday items, consider setting your washer to cold water.
Here's another bonus money-saving tip: Make your own dryer sheets! One idea involves bunching up some aluminum foil (that can be reused up to 30 times), and the other idea utilizes a dried washcloth dipped in fabric softener. Try it!
Laundry requires more than a working washer and dryer. You might have the essentials, but do you have a functional laundry room? Do you have a place to put your dirty clothes waiting to be washed, or a table to fold your warm and dry clothes?
Here are a few things you need to keep a clean and efficient laundry room:
Laundry might seem like a hassle, but with a few of these laundry tips-and takeaways-you might even start to enjoy the task. Okay, maybe not… but at least you have a few ways to get inspired. If you want to explore more of our organizing content, check out our guide to the perfect bedroom makeover.
Editor's Note: Originally published July 24, 2014; updated October 16, 2020.