The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Doing Laundry

 

One thing that irritates me more than anything is washing and matching socks.

A sock inevitably gets lost.

It takes a million years for me to “triple roll” all those socks.

I can’t differentiate one boy’s socks from another, therefore they get put in the wrong place.

After a sock-less summer, I was sharing my upcoming laundry woes with my husband (who hates doing laundry even more than I do) and he came up with a brilliant plan.

I’m going to share this plan with you…are you ready?

It might just revolutionize the way you do laundry.

Either that or you’ll just think I’m really lazy.  Well, I am…at least when it comes to laundry.

Here’s your new miracle:  mesh lingerie bags.  I walked around aimlessly in Target for about 30 minutes trying to find these beauties.  The only thing I found was a mesh laundry bag.  DON’T GET THAT!  The bag is larger than your kid and holds multiple loads of laundry…it’s for college students!  Make you sure you buy the mesh lingerie bags…I found mine on Amazon.

And new socks.  Preferably not triple roll socks (because they are a pain to “roll”), but get them if you must.  I bought triple roll for Little Brother, since they stay on his better, and ankle socks for Big Brother.  I really like the socks from Old Navy.  They hold up well and they have the sizes on the bottom, so I know which child the sock belongs to based upon the sizes.  And they’re relatively affordable.

 

Now here’s the trick:  Hang a mesh lingerie bag in each child’s closet.  Put only their socks in the bag as they become dirty.  When you’re ready to do the laundry, tighten the drawstring and throw the bag in with the rest of your laundry.  Once dry, just dump the socks into the drawer…no need to match or roll unless you want to!

Interested in my other laundry “shortcuts”?

Read about my brilliant “plan” for doing less laundry.

We don’t use a top sheet for Big Brother.  He always kicked it down to the bottom of the bed anyway, so we just removed the top sheet.  Now he just sleeps with the fitted sheet on his twin bed and his quilt.  And I have a little bit less laundry to do!

I do laundry one day a week.  I’ve got laundry on the brain today…Fridays are officially my “laundry day.”  I occasionally do just the boys’ laundry on Tuesdays as well, especially when Little Brother was a baby and went through more changes of clothes (with blowouts and whatnot).  I’ve found that I can get myself geared up for doing laundry on Fridays and just get it all over at once.  Then I have the weekend to relax do other things.

Oh, and don’t forget to try my homemade liquid laundry soap recipe.  It will save you TONS of money on laundry detergent!

What’s your favorite laundry shortcut?

Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE your idea on the socks. Doing white clothes are one of my least favorite things to do. And the socks always stay in the basket until anyone needs a pair because I hate to fold them. So thank you so much you made my life easier.

  2. Emily says

    This might be a dumb question, but can you put those mesh lingerie bags w/ socks in the dryer, too? I never have used them in the dryer. I’m pregnant with my first and I use them ALL the time for washing delicates.

  3. Kristin says

    What a great idea! I hate dealing with socks! I have five little ones, so you can imagine the socks. I am going to buy one tonight!!!

  4. Sarah says

    Thanks for this tip. I tried adding my daughter’s socks loose into the laundry – what a pain. I’ve been using the mesh bag since I read this and it has made a huge difference. I hate sorting socks out of a load of laundry so I use large safety pins in the toes of my socks and my husbands socks. This prevents a large pile of loose socks to sort through. Just remove the pin and fold when the socks are clean. The pins don’t usually leave holes – except in my really thick, fuzzy socks. The pins sometimes get stuck in those.

  5. says

    Jenae, this is a great idea. I hate matching and folding socks with a passion. I am trying to figure out how to make this system work when my kids put socks in their hampers upstairs, in the laundry room downstairs and sometimes all over the house. Two sets of bags, maybe?
    My latest laundry triumph was figuring out a way to not buy any more of those expensive tablets for cleaning out my H.E. washer. I just blogged about it here.
    http://creeksidelearning.com/2012/03/05/solving-the-stinky-laundry-problem/

  6. Menda says

    I found ones with zippers for a dollar at berlington coat factory… My mom use to do this and it is the best idea for my 18 month old… Oh they work great for bibs too!

  7. Amy says

    The sock tip is great! But I don’t understand the “no top sheet” thing. You would have washed the top sheet, so why don’t you feel the need to wash the quilt? It’s getting just as dirty as a top sheet would. But to prevent the kicking down, my mom suggested diaper pins at the corners. It’s genius! So easy to make the bed in the morning.

  8. says

    In the warmer months I do a load of laundry before I go to bed, hang it up outside when I get up, and then fold it after the kids go to bed. But doing laundry is actually my favorite chore and I find it relaxing. I think I will try the sock bag idea though. For a while I had a grocery bag or basket in each person’s room for their odd socks, so at least I could find my size when I was looking for them.

    My best tip is my clothesline stretched out above my machines which I love for items that can’t go in the dryer. There are clothespins stuck on it so I can easily clip diaper covers, bath matts and anything else that I want to hang to dry.

  9. Tanya says

    When I worked at a children’s home w/ 30-35 kids, they used the mesh bags for everybody’s socks and underwear. That’s a lot of socks to keep straight! :) (And yes, Emily, they go in the dryer.)

  10. Frankie says

    I have four boys, and I have used the mesh bags for years. You can find them at the Dollar General and several other locations for a $1.00 apiece. Mine zip shut so no losing socks. In my house each of my boys are assigned a color so each of their sock bags are color coded and they hang on the back of the bathroom door. I have two bags for each boy so when I take it down to wash the socks, I put up a clean empty bag. When the boys shower the socks come off and go right into their sock bag. I also mark the bottom of their socks with permanent marker. I use X’s. firstborn’s socks have 1 X, second born has 2 X’s and so on. I use this system in all of there clothes so when an item gets handed down I don’t have to worry about initials, I just add another X.

  11. says

    I have been doing this since my second was born as well. With the bags those little bitty socks don’t get eaten anymore either. With underwear I just make sure each kid has a different pattern. I used to write the girls names in the back, but then you have to look for that. Now that they put away their own laundry I just put all the stuff in a basket and they sort it out. Having a different pattern on it helps them too.

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