LAUN­DRY SMARTS

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Stream­line wash­day chores and keep your work area neat with th­ese strate­gies.

SORT EARLY

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.

STOP WRIN­KLES

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.”

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