Laundry is a never ending responsibility in a home with 10 people, but at least taking care of kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom linens is actually pretty easy for me thanks to the techniques I have developed over the years.
Here are some of them:
|Linen closet |
with labeled shelves
|Wash cloth basket with labeled shelf|
Keep things close to where you need them.
|I keep a basket of several bath towels just outside the master bathroom, |
and there are wash cloths and hand towels in the drawer right above it
|Hot pads go in a bowl on top of the microwave.|
|A decorative dish towel hangs near the kitchen sink for wiping clean hands.|
I store these separately so they don't get used for messy clean up.
You might like to read one of my favorite inspirational essays, My Glorious Dish Towel.
|Regular dish towels go in drawer next to kitchen sink.|
Sometimes our old ragged hand towels
get recycled in to dish towel use.
|A basket of white cleaning rags is tucked under a counter near the kitchen. |
We use these for a lot of things, especially cruddy stuff
like wiping up the floor and cleaning the bathroom.
We buy these in bulk at Sam's Club.
Have plenty of spots to put dirty linens.
|A linen hamper is in the laundry room.|
|The yellow bucket, just outside the master bathroom, is for dirty linens.|
The blue hamper (a wastebasket) is for clothes.
They fit nicely under the counter. A regular hamper is too tall.
|There is a bucket for wet linens near kitchen sink |
and another one by the laundry room door.
Use bath towels several times before laundering. If you are clean from the shower, the towels should last a while. They are really bulky and take a lot of room in the washer and dryer, so cutting down on washing these can save a lot of water and electricity. Large, thick towels take even more, so go for smaller, thinner ones if you can, and use a bath robe if you need something around you. If you need to dry off a more sensitive area of the body or want something for your face, use a clean wash cloth or hand towel and then put it in the wash. Encourage your family members to hang their own towels in their closets so you don't have them piled up in the bathroom. I have a hook, but my kids hang them on a hanger or over their closet rod. Another way to cut down on electricity is to hang large towels outside on a clothes line and then bring them in while still slightly damp to fluff and soften them in the dryer.
You really want to read more about doing laundry?
- Mt. Washmore (Laundry for a Large Family)
- Doing the Wash: Grandmother’s “Receet”
- And You Wonder What I Do All Day?
- My Glorious Dish Towel
And two others one on general home organization:
I hope this has been helpful to you! Was anything a new idea for you? What are your best tips for laundering linens or anything else? Leave a comment!