Streamline washday chores and keep your work area neat with these strategies.
Place three bins or baskets in the laundry room—one for lights, one for darks, and one for colors, suggests professional organizer Lisa Luken. You’ll already have the first step done when you go to start a load.
Fold clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer. For items that need to be hung, Luken suggests running a 10–15 minute lowheat dryer cycle and then hanging them.
KEEP IT MOVING
Don’t let clean clothes sit in the laundry room. “I don’t consider laundry finished if you haven’t put it away,” says professional organizer Janine Adams. Enlist your family’s help to return clothing to their rooms.
LIMIT YOUR WARDROBE
“The key to keeping clean clothes from piling up is to have fewer clothes,” Adams says. “It’s easier to put away clothes if your closet and drawers aren’t overfilled.”