Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Simple Savings: Simplify Laundry to Save Time and Money

Laundry is one of those things that never ends.  So, finding ways to make it easier can save time as well as money.  Here are a few ideas:

1.  Use half as much laundry soap as the package suggests.  (You might even be able to use less than that.  I try to use 1/4 to 1/3 of what it suggests,)

2.  Try using a foil ball in the dryer instead of fabric softener. 

3.  Wear clothing more than once.  Wash clothes only when dirty or smelly.

4.  Treat stains right away to increase the chance of getting them out and save money by not having to replace clothes as often.

5.  Set a limit on the amount of clothing you have.  You won't feel such a burden when there is much less to take care of.

6.  Take care of your clothes.  Get in the habit of putting them where they belong when you take them off.  On the floor is not an option!  Put in the dirty clothes basket or hang up right away or fold and put away right away.

7.  Keeping up on laundry is much easier than always catching up.  Stay ahead of the game and it will feel like less of a burden.

I knew someone who had an enormous amount of kids clothes.  In her mind, the more clothes she had, the longer she could wait until she had to do laundry again.  She hated to do laundry.  Imagine all the extra storage space she took up in their small apartment trying to house at least 3-5 times more clothes than needed.  If she had changed her mindset and realized that less clothing would have helped her not to feel the burden she felt from her mountains of clothes, then she could have had more space for kids to play, saved money from buying so many clothes, and may have had an easier time staying on top of everything. 

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