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”?
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?