Professional organiser Natalie Jane tells how to tame the mountains of laundry
Getting your laundry systems working well will make your life easier, save you time and free up precious weekend time.
Here are some smart solutions to keep your laundry well and truly under control:
INTO THE BASKET
Firstly, I recommend that every family member has a laundry basket in their bedroom. This will save dirty clothes from being dumped on the floor at the end of each day (it may require some training initially!) which I see all too often in many homes.
Secondly, have two laundry baskets in the laundry to separate whites and colours – you may even need a third one for really soiled clothes such as sports and heavy duty clothes. (Hand and delicate clothes can be put in a bucket.)
Get the family on board, so that they sort their own dirty washing into the corresponding baskets.
Scheduling in regular times to do your laundry throughout the week is key to keeping on top of it. This prevents you from having to do a million loads on the weekend, when you would rather be doing something else. Creating a "laundry schedule" is the easiest way to keep on top of your washing on a regular basis, especially if you are struggling.
Keep it in view as a reminder, with set days and times (towels on Tuesdays, kids' sheets on Thursdays... or whatever will fit around your lifestyle) for each category. The number of loads you will need to do each week will vary, depending on the number of people in your household and their ages.
DECLUTTER YOUR LAUNDRY
Your laundry area will potentially need a good declutter if it hasn't been looked at for a while. Then, organise "like with like" items together and contain, contain, contain!
Wooden storage crates are ideal in this area to keep your items easy to access and stop them from spilling everywhere. Labelling will help to keep items in their correct place.
Glass jars are fun to use for washing powder, pegs and miscellaneous items and having a "lost socks" container is helpful too.
Get creative with the space under the sink. Use under-sink storage shelves or plastic buckets and containers to hold less frequently used items.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPACE
Go vertical - this is often an area that is overlooked, and otherwise unused space can be perfect for a drying rack or hanging rod to dry your clothes, if you have enough height.
The back of the door is another area you can use for either a drying rack or an over-the-door ironing board holder.
A fold-away table is very useful for sorting your washing and is a great space saver.
If you are lacking in storage such as shelves and cubes to store items, you may need to invest in some.
Professional organiser Natalie Jane runs Be Organised – this is part of a stuff series on turning household chaos into calm.