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Sort Out Sunday: Don’t Do Laundry All In One Day

I know most of us have busy schedules and finding time to do laundry can be a challenge. That may not be the best idea. AND one result of doing all the laundry at once is the creation of a huge pile or piles of clothes during the process. And I have seen in cases the piles of clothes stay in the pile because it looks overwhelming. We don’t want to add to the clutter and mess. I am advocating the small steps method.

Try to schedule 2 or 3 days a week to do laundry. Seperate by types and do just those!

  • Saturday morning- Towels and sheets
  • Sunday afternoon- Kids clothes
  • Wednesday monring- Your clothes

Or you can separate tyes any way you like: whites on day, dark colors another day, etc. Small piles are more manageable and it takes the pressure off of you to get it all done which can cause you to NOT do it! Remember small steps can lead to large rewards.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2016 in Organizing

 

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Sort Out Sunday- Stackable Laundry Baskets

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I saw these on the Rubbermaid site. I love these. Stackable laundry baskets for easy sorting, that you can also carry to the washing machine.

  • Stackable baskets create a unique sorting laundry system
  • Comfortable colored handles
  • Also makes an attractive storage bin for toys
  • Baskets nest when not in use

Also they are good for collecting children’s toys.

 

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Love It- Collapsible Laundry Basket!

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Quirky.com is at it again! I HAD to share another product from them. Its a Collapsible Laundry Basket! Its a great space saver!I think its ideal for people who live in apartments and don’t have washer and dryer in their place. There is a place for detregent and fabric softener sheet. Easy to take up and down to the laundry room. And after you are done, you dont have to try to find ANOTHER spot in your small place to put it.

NOW I’m sure the first thing many of you will say is, “Laundry is NEVER done in my house.” But many of us have laundry hampers AND those big bulky plastic laundry baskets.This helps in replacing ONE of those things. Any reduction of clutter and stuff is good, right?

Quirky has a lot of great products. I featured two of them in an earlier blog.

 

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Super Tip Thursday- Don’t Make Things Difficult For Yourself

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Don’t make things hard for yourself….when it comes to organizing. AS you are getting organized, you want to create processes that are simple and accessible. The fewer the steps, the greater chance you will stay organized. For example, you want all dirty clothes off the floor and organized somewhere. Get hampers that have no lids or covers. Label the hampers (whites. colors or kids, adults or towels/sheets, clothes) whatever will work for you and your household. Place the hampers in a spot in the laundry room that is open and easy to get to. Make it so easy that people in your house can’t miss them.

Staying organized doesn’t have to be an everyday burden. You want to make it part of your life. You want it to be a great addition.To add to the example above, if you don’t want to get hampers, use boxes or big plastic containers. And the location can be wherever you think its easiest for the other people in the house. Maybe its the mudroom  or the bathroom, or in the upstairs hallway. The goal is to make it easy and simple and helpful.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Organizing

 

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Yes It’s Monday Again….I Don’t Want To Iron!!

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I Hate To Iron!! Not a fan! But you can’t go out the house with clothes that are wrinkled!! Occasionally I HAVE to iron but otherwise here are three things that usually work for me that I can pass onto to you:

 1) Consider other fabrics other than cotton. Many are wrinkle free and come out of the dryer that way.

2) Re air dry for about 5 to 10 minutes your clothes that are wrinkled.

3) Hang in bathroom while you’re taking a hot shower. The steam can help (especially cotton items).

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Organizing

 

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Super Tip Thursday: Where Are Those Clothespins

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Our gas and electrics bills are higher during the winter months and if you’re like me, then you’re trying to find ways to cut some of those bills down. Today’s tip is one of those ways.

The Dryer! Most loads of regular clothes (cotton, denim, towels) will dry within 40 minutes on a medium to high setting (delicate clothes take much less time).I would ignore the automatic setting altogether and use the timed dry. At 30 minutes or so, I would check the laundry. Pull out shrinkable items and let them air dry the rest of the way. Also some of your clothes might be dry at that point too. Pull those out and finish the rest. The lighter the load the more heat will directly hit them. Also the general rule of thumb is the lighter the fabric, the lower the temperature.

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P.S. There are inexpensive drying racks like the one above that work for inside the house to finish drying clothes. 

 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Organizing

 

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My Cologne Comes In A Big Plastic Bottle.

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“James you smell so good. What are you wearing?” “Wow! Your clothes smell so good. I could sniff you all day.”  I get this and similar comments every other day!! I have one word for you,Suavitel! Yes Suavitel!

About 8 years ago my then roommate brought home a blue bottle of fabric softener with this weird name. We were living near the Mission District of San Francisco. The Mission District has a large Hispanic community and some of the stores carry products from Mexico or Central and South America. I’m not sure where exactly he got it from but I took one smell of it and my laundry life was changed!

Suavitel really makes your clothes, towels, sheets, everything soft and smell really good. One of the best things is that you don’t need to use a lot of it for it to work.(We all love our products to be cost-effective.) I have found it to be safe on my clothes. AND it smells great!!! They have a bunch of different great smelling scents. You can find it everywhere fabric softener is sold. I have turned several of my clients into Suavitel fans! Try it!!!!

P.S. It also comes in fabric softener sheets….

 

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