For all those home items that need to be washed but don’t always get to the hamper in time, keep a Dirty Laundry Reminder List near your washer.

Read on for the 5 minute solution to never forget a piece of laundry again. Create a 'Dirty Laundry Reminder List Card' placed on your washer!

Laundry seems to be an overwhelming common post on my blog, almost to a embarrassing degree. (Here, here, here AND here) Yet, as our family grows, I’m continually looking for ways to streamline our laundry process …. because the laundry piles are just getting bigger and bigger!

Have you ever come up with a solution so simple, that you can’t believe you didn’t think of it sooner? (Or one where you walk around the house for days claiming that you’re a genius?) That’s how I feel about my Dirty Laundry Reminder List.

This reminder list is simply a list of items that should be washed periodically that may not always be placed in our laundry baskets.

Too often when I wash a load of laundry, I’d forget about these need-to-be-washed-but-not-always-in-the-hamper items.

Lindsay, why aren’t your dirty clothes in your hamper? Let me clarify: MOST of them are. I promise my family is not walking around with dirty clothes on daily basis.

Read on for the 5 minute solution to never forget a piece of laundry again. Create a 'Dirty Laundry Reminder List Card' placed on your washer!

Read on for the 5 minute solution to never forget a piece of laundry again. Create a 'Dirty Laundry Reminder List Card' placed on your washer!

Here’s some examples of my ‘Dirty Laundry Reminder List’:

Declan’s jacket could use a wash probably every week. I don’t want to put it in the hamper if I’m not doing laundry immediately (I typically do laundry weekly) or I won’t have a jacket available for him when I need to grab it.

Another example is our family room couch pillow covers. These white pillow covers can get dirty SO easily (I know I know. White? What was I thinking?), so anytime I’m doing a load of whites, I like to throws these pillow cases in the laundry.

One more example: kitchen towels. I store dirty kitchen towels and rags in this canvas bag for easy storage before laundry day. Our laundry room is on the second floor, so it’s much quicker to store a dirty towel in these bags in our kitchen pantry instead of running upstairs each time.

OK, so what’s the solution? Since I like to keep a list of most aspects of my life, I do the same for my laundry needs.

Read on for the 5 minute solution to never forget a piece of laundry again. Create a 'Dirty Laundry Reminder List Card' placed on your washer!

On top of my washer near my detergent, I keep this list of all the additional items to potentially wash before I start a load. For my family, this list items such as:

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With all the excitement of having a baby, I never thought about ALL the laundry I would be doing. Oh, the laundry. Who could imagine someone so little causing so many loads of laundry. My girlfriends told me I’d be doing laundry every day after Declan was born, but I shrugged it off. Not me. I’m organized. I’m efficient. And I’m NOT doing laundry every day.

Well, let me tell you: this organized gal was quite humbled. It took me quite a to figure out how to keep baby clothes clean without doing laundry daily. Before you ask, yes, I likely have lots of baby clothes (thanks to my mom!). Baby clothes are a lot like underwear – the more you have the less often you need to do laundry. But I promise, the quantity of Declan’s clothes has nothing to do with our improved laundry process.

From blankets dragging on the floor, baby food all over their sleeves and the diaper changing pad …. well you know 😊, I’ve learned some tips to being efficient with our family laundry AND keep all the baby clothes clean.

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

My favorite tips to keep baby clothes clean 

Pre-wash all your baby fabrics

Even before the baby gets home, it’s a good idea to wash all of your baby clothes. You never know what kind or dirt or germs might be lurking on clothes just brought home from the store.

Everyone’s laundry together

Tackling the family’s tough laundry loads can be challenging. It’s tempting to wash piece of laundry separately based upon the need: whites, colors, jeans, extra dirty clothes, baby clothes, etc. That’s how we used to do our laundry. Then little Declan arrived and there was no way I had time for that anymore. I was lucky if I was doing ANY laundry.

Instead of sorting and washing our laundry based on the clothing type, I put the majority of our clothing together in the same load with cold water. Hot water can shrink and fade my favorite clothing.

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

 

Spot clean the little accidents

Baby messes happen. A lot. Whether it’s from food or diaper, it’s a good idea to keep a set of baby wipes within arm’s reach. We have a pack in every room of the house, in our car, AND the diaper bag. Spot clean accidents right away. If you can whisk off the soiled clothing into the washer right away, that’s even better (see below for next tip). If not, the wet wipe helps dilute any offending stain or smell until you can get to the wash.

Wait for a blow out

You know when you come up with a solution and you just think: “wow, I’m actually a genius”?? That’s how I feel about this tip. LIFE CHANGING. Since having Declan, I’ve changed my laundry schedule significantly. Well technically we don’t have a schedule. We wait. We wait for a diaper blowout. Gross, I know. But it’s going to happen once or twice a week.

Whether a diaper blow out or a little too much food on his shirt, that’s when I do laundry. Fortunately (or unfortunately, I’ll let you decide), this scenario happens often enough for the laundry to never pile up that high. I just hated doing laundry for a couple pieces of clothing.

Skip the fabric softener

Fabric softeners only mask odors and aren’t even recommended for use on most athleticwear and towels. Plus, fabric softeners don’t help get those dirty baby clothes clean, while detergent alone doesn’t kill all the bacteria.

 

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

Clip outfits together

I’ll admit, it takes me a little while to remember which onesie goes with which pants and which jacket. Joe’s love of University of Alabama football prevents us from dressing Declan in the rival team colors of orange and blue baby outfits (which apparently are super popular color combos for boys). So instead we’ve got a lot of greens & blues.

It always takes me a couple minutes to remember which outfits go together. So now, when I put an outfit in the hamper, I connect the outfit together with a fastener (you could use any clip you have in the house) so that I don’t have to remember once the clothes are dry. It makes it easy to hang outfits together once they’re clean & dry.

What are the tips that you use to keep baby clothes clean?!?

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Laundry always seems to be the most dreaded chore in most households. It used to be with us. I went through system after system trying to ‘prefect’ how to do laundry quickly & efficiently. Finally I’ve learned the perfect laundry system ….. have someone else do it for you. Not sure about you, but that likely won’t be happening in our household any time soon. Instead, here’s the tricks I’ve learned along the way!

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

Prep

CLEAN WASHING MACHINE: Probably not on the top of everyone’s list, but you should really make sure your washing machine is actually CLEAN. Yes, dirt and grime can build up even in your washing machine. Every 3 months or so I clean ours out simply by throwing in a load of old towels with 1/4 cup baking soda in a hot cycle and add 3/4 cup vinegar down the dispenser. Cleaner washing machine = cleaner clothes!

SORT BY COLOR: Keeping laundry sorted throughout the week makes it much MUCH easier on laundry day. We keep two bins in our laundry room “colors” & “whites”. On laundry day all I have to do is see if the bins are full to determine if we need to do a load. (Each bin holds roughly one load of laundry.) No more taking up the entire hallway floor to sort out all our laundry before washing!

PRE-TREAT STAINS: As I’m putting my dirty laundry in the correct bin, I’ll also pre-treat any stubborn stains right then and there. Always loving when a product can do double duty, Wisk Deep Clean® detergent can also be used to pre-treat tough stains. I seem to ALWAYS forget to pre-treat when I’m about to do laundry. This method insures my tough stains are getting extra attention.

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty! Wash

EMPTY POCKETS: When I put each piece of dirty laundry in the washer, I make sure that all pockets are empty. Don’t assume that it’s only for jeans. Hoodies, jackets, anything with a pocket COULD have something inside! I keep a small jar on top of my washer for “pocket surprises”. Having a jar in plain sight as I’m loading the washer helps me remember to check the pockets. Otherwise I’d likely forget! Nothings more annoying than taking a load out of the washer to find out a tissue was left in one of the pockets!

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty! TOUGH STAINS: Since moving out to the west coast, Joe & I have been picking up cycling. When I say “Joe & I” I really mean Joe. I’m more of the causal ride type of girl 🙂 . While the sport is great, it definitely causes some DIRTY workout clothes. I used to only be concerned with the stains that I could see. Yet, after getting a whiff of our dirty cycling clothes in the hamper one day my mentality changed forever. The formula of Wisk Deep Clean® actually contains a blend of Micro-Cleaners that attack hidden body oils & sweat that can get trapped in the fibers of your clothes. What does that mean for us? Wisk can get ALL the dirt out in one wash! I stocked up on a couple of these over at Fred Meyer!

 

Dry

DON’T LET STAINS DRY: If you’ve got a piece of laundry with a pesky stain, make sure to double check it when you take it out of the washer before drying. If the stain is still there, pre-treat with Wisk Deep Clean® and wash again before it dries to prevent the stain from becoming permanent.

PREVENT OVER-DRYING: Somebody in our house might have accidentally shrunk a couple of Joe’s work shirts. I’m sure whoever did that feels absolutely awful and was only trying to help get the laundry done. Yep, Joe’s never letting me live this one down. Over-drying your clothes can definitely make some fabrics shrink. To prevent it, check on your clothes as soon as the dryer cycle ends and hang them up once they feel “mostly dry”.

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

May your laundry be completed as quick and efficient as possible!

 

 

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

 

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

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I’ve been in search of matching containers for our various laundry detergents for years now. Yes, you read that right. It’s been on my mind for years. I like the idea of our laundry room looking as clean and clutter free as possible, but couldn’t find containers that would work. (untapped market???) Throwing everything in a basket and calling it a day wasn’t satisfying my obsessive desire for a cohesive look.

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

When grocery shopping last week I realized that these fabric softener containers were exactly what I was looking for. They fit nicely in my wooden basket & once I removed the labels, the clean white color would create the clean aesthetic I wanted. As I was checking out, the cashier asked me if there was a big sale on fabric softener. I had to hold back every urge to not explain this brilliant idea. Realizing that I could appear to be completely nuts, I told her I was just stocking up.

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

I dumped all the fabric softener in to a large empty detergent container (to use at a later time) and rinsed each of them out. To remove the label, I just needed gently rip with a knife. I also grabbed an extra spray bottle that I had on hand to use as my new spot cleaner container.

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

Next I needed to make my labels. This was the fun part! Instead of just selecting one of the standard fonts in Microsoft word, I searched through over 70 creative and fun fonts provided by Font Bundles through their Auction & Script packages.

I’ve never installed fonts onto my computer before, installing Font Bundles was SO easy. Actually I wouldn’t even call it installation …. more like click install and go to whichever Microsoft application you’re using to select from the font drop down.

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

Fast forward 40 minutes later I’ve finally narrowed down to my six favorite fonts below 🙂 . The fonts are all really unique so it was hard  to pick just one.

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

I opted for Greatpark, the top middle one. Using a sheet of my Avery 5160 template labels, I typed out wording for each of the cleaners I would be labeling. I centered each and increased the font size to the largest size that would fit, roughly size 50 (Fabric Softener was 32).

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

All I had to do was print and attach the labels to the containers. Then fill each container with the appropriate cleaner.

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

Way way WAY more organized, if I say so myself 🙂 .

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

I loved this project because after years of searching for a better container, I simply used what was right in front of me (I also totally hated that I didn’t think of this sooner). Using a more creative font made these pop a lot more in the laundry room.

I had so much fun looking through these fonts that I ended up redoing my enter website with the new fonts = a weekend of me on the couch watching Netflix with my computer! This was on the to-do list for a while now, but from what I had researched buying fonts is annoyingly confusing (licensing rules, yearly renewals, super high costs, etc). So I really appreciated Font Bundles unique concept of making this really straightforward, easy and affordable 🙂 .

Below are a couple snippets of my redesigned site with Font Bundles fonts (I used Haus & Seilla Script):

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts! Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

Facebook & Twitter definitely weren’t left out either. I updated profile pics on both to match the fonts.

Font Bundles has a really good deal going on right now for both of their font packages …. Auction & Script. Personally I liked having these packages to choose my fonts form as opposed to buying individual fonts. It’s a way better deal, plus I was able to compare & contrast various fonts easily (which I did for hours!!!).

Off to label the rest of my home …. looking at you sock drawer. Kidding. Kind of.

 

 

 

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

 

 

Easy and affordable way to organize your laundry room with labels for each of your cleaners. Add a little personality with some fun fonts!

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No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

Lately I’ve been working to organize and decorate our laundry room (pictures to come soon!). It’s a pretty small space so I removed a lot of unnecessary clutter to make room to sort & fold our laundry. One thing that I noticed ALWAYS taking up room was the ironing cord. On too many occasions the cord would actually end up in the washer or dryer because the long cord was dangling everywhere. Enter: Ironing Cord Holder. When I showed Joe my final product he laughed and asked if I had officially run out of things to organize. Yet, I stand by the fact that this is a necessity in every laundry room 🙂 .

Supplies

  • Thick fabric (I used left over outdoor fabric that I made pillows with)
  • Velcro (if you use the kind with a sticky back, then you won’t need as much Iron on Fabric Tape)
  • Iron on Fabric Tape
  • Scissors
  • Iron

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

The first thing I did was measure the available space for my holder on my iron (as shown to the right). No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!Mine was roughly 3 1/2 inches. To come up with my fabric height, I doubled that space (to make it thicker) & added an additional 2 inches (for fabric tape). My dimensions are 3 1/2 x 2 = 7 + 2 = 9 inches in height. If you have a standard iron, a good fabric width is 9 1/2 inches.

Make sure your iron is plugged in as you’re going to need throughout this project. This is a NO SEW project!

Once you’ve got your fabric cut, the next step is to create a nice 1/2 inch fold  on the top and bottom (off the height), securing / ironing with fabric tape (see below). Note that I use really skinny fabric tape, which helps for projects like these. If you have wider fabric tape, 1 inch width for example, you can simply cut it narrower for projects like this.

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

Next, fold in the middle (of the height) and iron to create a crease (as shown below).

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

Now we’re going to do the same step that we did for the top and bottom of the fabric on to both of the sides (width), folding in 1/2 inch and securing by ironing fabric tape inside.

Next, we need to close this large piece of fabric so that it will fit around your iron. I placed fabric tape on both sides (as shown below), folded in the middle (the big crease that we created earlier). Then iron to secure.

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

We’ve created our fabric piece and all that’s left is to add the Velcro! Since I used Velcro that was NOT sticky on one side, I used fabric tape to secure. Obviously the smarter option would have been to buy the sticky back Velcro 🙂 .

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

I opted to use two strips of Velcro for each side to ensure a stronger hold. Measure your Velcro strips to fit, making them just slightly shorter than the height of your fabric holder. Iron on or stick your Velcro to the fabric. When attaching the Velcro to the fabric, make sure that one set of strips is placed on the front left and the other on the back right. (If you put both Velcro strips on the same side of the fabric it will not close when looping around your iron.)

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

Tada! You’re now officially ready to organize your ironing cord!

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

May your ironing cords never dangle in to your washer again!

 

 

 

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

 

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

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No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

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