You just washed and dried your clothes and now it is time to get to the bottom of that giant heap and decide how you want to store them. Every household is unique. Some families choose to hang their outfits on hangers in closets while others choose to store their clothing and linens in dresser drawers. Maybe, you are a busy working professional that needs to pack your power suits right back into your suitcase. Regardless of how you do it, folding and storing laundry can be a chore. In this helpful quick guide, we discuss how properly washing, drying, and folding your laundry can save space and increase your home’s efficiency.

Minimize the Mountain

Staring at a mountain of clean, fresh-smelling clothes is wonderfully rewarding but also daunting. Sometimes it makes sense to wash and dry your clothes in smaller loads for the sake of your efficiency. Breaking up a huge load of clothes into smaller strategic loads can actually make you more productive. Consider separating your loads by:

  • Family Members
  • Clothing Types
  • Colors
  • Rooms in Your Home

When each load is finished this system can allow you to carry the basket to a specific area of your home, fold, and put away the clothing efficiently.

Fold Laundry on a Comfortable Surface

While some people love folding laundry, others will put it off as much as possible. No matter which team you are on, be sure to find a comfortable space to complete the task. The key to painless laundry folding is a large, flat, waist-high surface. A bed or a countertop is often a great surface that will minimize bending and reaching. Another great space to fold laundry on is a couch. You can make great progress while watching your favorite show!

FUN TIP: Toddlers and small children love helping around the house. Folding laundry is a great chore for them to take part in! Teach them about colors, shapes, and textures while they contribute to an important household responsibility.

Use Proper Laundry Folding Techniques

Not unlike your home, each piece of laundry is unique. Using different folding techniques will save space and decrease wrinkles. Consider some of these ideas the next time you dig into your basket:

  • Roll socks, towels, underwear, and hoodies.
  • Fold sheets and pillowcases first because they will wrinkle the easiest.
  • Save towels and washcloths for last because they are least likely to wrinkle.
  • Flatten t-shirts into a square by folding the sleeves inward along the seams and the body of the shirt in thirds.

If you accidentally forget to take your laundry out of the dryer and it wrinkles, simply wet a clean dishtowel, toss it in the dryer and set the dryer on medium/low heat for about 20 minutes. Your load will be ready to fold!

In Conclusion

There are many advantages to properly washing, drying, folding, and organizing your laundry including a sense of personal accomplishment. In the end, with the help of our quick guide, you will go out into the world knowing your clothes, towels, and linens are clean, neat, and organized.