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Keeping up with the....laundry?!

Keeping up with the laundry on a daily basis can help prevent a pile-up of dirty clothes and make the task more manageable. Here are step-by-step instructions to help you stay on top of your laundry routine:

  1. Set up a laundry schedule: Determine how often you need to do laundry based on your household's needs. This could be daily, every other day, or a specific schedule that works for you.

  2. Sort clothes: Create designated laundry bins or hampers for different types of laundry. Common categories include whites, colors, delicates, and towels. Encourage family members to sort their own clothes into the appropriate bins.

  3. Pre-treat stains: Check each garment for stains before washing. Apply stain remover or spot treatment to the affected areas and let it sit for a few minutes.

  4. Start a load every day: Aim to start at least one load of laundry each day, following your laundry schedule. This helps avoid overwhelming accumulation.

  5. Load the washing machine: Sort the clothes from one of your designated bins into the washing machine. Follow the garment care labels and separate items by color and fabric type as needed.

  6. Choose the appropriate settings: Select the right water temperature, cycle, and detergent for the type of clothes you're washing. Use cold water for most loads to conserve energy and preserve colors.

  7. Start the washing machine: Close the lid or door and start the machine. Take note of the estimated wash time to plan your next steps.

  8. While the load is washing: Take advantage of the wash cycle to complete other tasks. This could include folding and putting away previously washed clothes, cleaning the laundry area, or attending to other household chores.

  9. Transfer the load to the dryer or hang dry: Once the washing cycle is complete, promptly transfer the clothes to the dryer or hang them to dry if applicable. Follow fabric care instructions to avoid damage.

  10. Start the dryer: If using a dryer, choose the appropriate settings based on the fabric type and the desired level of dryness. Avoid overloading the dryer to ensure effective drying.

  11. Fold or hang the dry clothes: Once the clothes are dry, immediately remove them from the dryer or drying rack. Fold or hang them according to your preference and the specific garment's needs.

  12. Put away the clothes: Return each item to its designated place, such as closets or drawers. Involve family members by assigning them their own responsibilities in putting away their clean clothes.

  13. Repeat the process: Repeat steps 4-12 each day according to your laundry schedule until all the clothes from each bin are washed, dried, and put away.

By following these step-by-step instructions, you can establish a daily routine to keep up with the laundry, reduce the workload, and ensure clean clothes are readily available when needed.

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