Welcome to the Master Your Laundry Mountain blog hop! I have teamed up with a few other bloggers to tell our readers how we take care of laundry in our home. So once you have finished reading my routine, be sure to ‘hop’ on to the next blog to learn about theirs. You’ll find a list with links to all the other participating blogs towards the bottom of this post.
I’m so excited to be a part of this blog hop. I specifically want to give you some tips on how to manage laundry when you have a small washer/ dryer. We live in a tiny apartment and until 4 days ago we had the smallest washer and dryer stackable known to man. As luck would have it, my washing machine broke halfway through the week. The drum fell out of the machine!
To make matters even worse, it broke during the pre-wash rinse of a load of poopy diapers. It figures, right? The good news is that I’m now in possession of a huge, new, HE washer /dryer combo. My days just got easier because this new combo holds 4 times as much laundry. Is anyone else as excited as I am? This means my job just got 4 times easier. Don’t tell my husband!
Two years of doing laundry with our tiny washing machine has given me the gift of knowing way too much about small laundry loads. Here are my top 5 tips to master your laundry mountain when you have a small washing machine. After the tips, I’ve included my laundry routine, or lifestyle as I like to call it.
- Embrace the fact that you will do more loads of laundry than usual. Don’t even try to overload your washing machine because the clothes will not get clean.
- Stop looking at Pinterest inspired laundry rooms. If you have a small washing machine, chances are you have a small closet that goes with it. You won’t be buying fancy glass jars for your detergent. Come to terms with the fact that you have a closet. Learn to love that closet.
- Find a few times during the day (or night) for folding. When you do small loads, you fold small loads. This is a plus! You’ll never have to sit down and fold a huge mountain of clothes unless you don’t fold after each load.
- Read your laundry detergent directions. If you have a small washer, you probably have an old washer that isn’t HE. Use the correct amount of detergent so your clothes are actually getting clean.
- Stay on top of it! Small loads take just as long as big loads. If you don’t do laundry consistently, you’ll end up doing laundry all day long for several days trying to play catch up.
My Laundry Lifestyle
How often do I do laundry?
Every freaking day.
What time do I do laundry?
It feels like all day. The only break I take is nap time. Nap time = me time. I don’t clean during nap time because it has become my Sabbath. I need time to myself everyday and I refuse to spend that alone time doing work.
I tried to write down all the times I did laundry last week and I was exhausted with the note taking by the time the washer broke. Here is a glimpse of a couple of days:
7:00 am- start towels, finish diapers
9:00 am- start second load of towels
11:40 am- fold diapers
3:00 pm- start a load of clothes/ continue drying towels
5:00 pm- switch to dryer and start a new load of clothes, fold towels
9:15 pm- switch clothes to dryer, fold clothes from dryer
7:30 am- fold clothes from last night
8:50 am- start a load of diapers, not finished with washing diapers until 1!
3:00 pm- diapers go into dryer (I don’t dry during the nap because it might wake up the kids)
3:00 pm- start a new load of diapers, fold last load of diapers. Washing machine breaks!
Phew! That’s a lot of laundry, right? It never ends!
We have hampers in each of the bedrooms.
Water temp: I only use hot water for sheets, towels, underwear and diapers. I don’t feel like I need to waste energy heating up water for the rest of the clothes.
Separation: I don’t separate clothes at all (except for sheets, towels, underwear and diapers). Whites go in with colors, kids clothes go in with adult clothes, etc. My husband gets his work clothes dry cleaned, and I’m a stay at home mom. The clothes that I wash are not fancy so I don’t see the point in separating them to preserve color. Most of my clothes are used anyway. Now that we have a better dryer we may stop wasting money on dry cleaning. We shall see!
The only thing that I care about when it comes to laundry products is that it is fragrance free. We took fragrance out of our household a few years ago and now I can’t handle fake fragrance (I’m fine with natural aromas like essential oils).
I prefer to make my own laundry detergent when I have time.
When I don’t have time I buy Trader Joe’s detergent, Seventh Generation Free & Clear, or any fragrance/ dye free brand that is the cheapest. I never use dryer sheets. We ran out once, found out that our clothes were the same (if not better) without it and we never looked back. Static cling isn’t an issue down here in South Florida. We have plenty of humidity! And I’m happy to have one less thing to buy.
Most everything gets thrown in the dryer. With our old dryer, we had a rusty spot so we never dried our light colored clothes. I would let them air dry by hanging them over our dining room chairs. Classy, right? Is it ridiculous to get excited about drying my whites again?
Folding/ Put Away
I try to only fold when my kids are playing or I’m watching a TV show I like. My toddler loves it when I sit next to him while he plays, but he rarely shares his toys with me!
I’m a neat freak when it comes to organizing folding clothes. I have piles for each drawer in order to make putting away laundry quick and easy.
Cloth Diaper Routine
This is the routine that takes the longest. I usually start a load every other day. I’ve been doing 3 cycles of washing because our old washing machine took that long to get all the detergent out. I’m crossing my fingers that our new machine will make things easier. Here is the routine:
- Quick cold rinse
- Hot water wash with bumGenius Diaper Detergent
- Cold rinse to make sure detergent is gone
- Dry inserts and prefolds in dryer, hang covers to dry
I hang my covers on the back of our dining room chairs. We don’t have a lot of room outside to sun the diapers so I only sun the ones that need it.
That’s my routine. Any tips? I’m always open to suggestions! Now check out everyone else’s routines too:[inlinkz_linkup id=543573 mode=1]