4 Quick Tips for Making Putting Away Clothes Less Dramatic

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I don't know what it is about laundry, but the process of putting it away takes far too long! Wash, dry - no problem. Fold and hang clothes? Takes a week.

Or maybe it did before.

Hopefully these tips will help speed up this unwanted chore we all have. And these tips are especially great for young moms with multiple kids.

Tip #1 - Stop folding stuff that will be hung up later!

If you are hanging up shirts, lay them flat in a pile. This will also make it easier to put hangers in them later (see below).

Tip #2 - Fold pants according to owner.

Make piles for each person in your home or at least for each room. Makes it so much easier to put away when you just got to plop a stack of clothes into a drawer.

Tip #3 - Throw all the socks in a pile. Match them up last.

Socks have a way of getting stuck in pants, so just throw them all in a pile and save them until the end and you'll *hopefully* have a match for everyone.

Tip #4 - Enlist Your Spouse & Kids to Help

Using my age-by-age guide to teaching kids how to do laundry, get your kids involved in the laundry process, starting as young as age 3. They can turn clothes right side out, fold them, and match up socks. Eventually, they can even wash, dry, and do it ALL themselves!

Tag-team with your spouse that someone puts away the shirts, and you'll put away the socks, underwear, and pants.

Just make it a family affair. You know those clothes aren't all yours.

Tip #5 - Load Baskets with Items to be Hung on Top

After you have all your stacks of clothes, piles of shirts to be hung, and matched socks, put them into baskets according to destination (which person's bedroom).

Load the bottom of the baskets with folded items, then lay the shirts to be hung on top. This will help prevent wrinkles and make it easy to hang the shirts.

I like to place the stack of shirts on the bed, or changing table, or even the floor. Then I do the next tip.

Tip #6 - Hang shirts all at once.

Grab all the empty hangers from your closet and then lay them down in front of your pile of shirts. Gently insert the hangers through the necks of your shirts, one by one, flipping down the hanger a little ways so you can get to the next shirt's neck, until all the shirts have hangers in them.

Then grab as many hangers as you can at once and then put them away! Easy peasy!

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Then just put away the folded clothes in their drawers, enlisting your kids help for their clothes, and you are done!

That wasn't too bad, right?

See the rest of the post and my tips for speeding up laundry here: https://www.whatsupfagans.com/how-to-do-laundry-fast/

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2 questions
  • Sara
    on Dec 9, 2019

    What is your opinion on the best clothes hangers to purchase?

    • Linda Terry
      on Dec 31, 2019

      I like the fuzzy ones from BedBath&Beyond. Clothes dont slide off.

  • Denise
    on Dec 9, 2019

    what about ironing when do you iron hanging clothes up from dryer is good for some clothes like PJ but nothing looks awful than that dress or shirts that hasn't being ironed

    • Jane
      on Jan 16, 2020

      Ironing can be eliminated in many items by placing them into the dryer with a dryer sheet and a ball of tin foil. Takes about 20 minutes and then just hang on hanger right as soon as timer goes off. You would be amazed!

      Reuse the foil ball for dozens of cycles as well. I also reuse the dryer sheets by using multiple used ones at a time. No need to keep throwing a new one in.

      Family of 6 and these methods work very well for us.

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  • Rebecca
    17 hours ago

    I also use a small basket (could be a box, bag, whatever you have) to toss those pesky stray socks into. Everytime we fold laundry the basket comes out and found/missing socks are paired or added to the basket waiting for a match. Cuts down on a lot of frustration.

    If after awhile strays never find their mate let the kids make sock puppets or on chilly nights let the kiddos wear mismatched socks to bed.

  • Johanna
    10 minutes ago

    my tip for keeping socks together

    Buy a lot of cheap, plastic, coloured clothespins. Give each familymember their own colour. Put socks together with a clothespins and throw them in the laundry basket. Because they are plastic, they can stay on the socks in the washing machine.

    No more odd socks. And organising is easy, because everybody has their own colour clothespins.

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