Well, with all this wonderful sunshine I have loved keeping on top of the laundry. This is my biggest weakness when it comes to the housework. Usually, Hubby does all the washing (because I forget) and I put it all away. I have some great tips on keeping on top of the laundry, even the washing machine, especially during lockdown and instantly making you feel happier! I love an empty laundry basket, don’t you?

Section out the dirty laundry

You might think this is a simple tip, but if you don’t do it already this can save you so much time along the line. We are a house of 4 humans, 2 dogs and 1 cat and so our laundry basket is never empty for long.

I section out the dirty laundry so that we wash things in a pattern, on a normal week: Daddy’s colours, Mummy’s colours, Kid’s colours and then whites. This means that when the clothes go through the cycle of washing, drying and then folding to put away – it’s a bit quicker as I know one bundle is for Daddy and one for the kiddies.

Laundry basket

Get a good quality laundry basket

Investing in a good quality laundry basket is essential. We have the new soft seagrass laundry basket from mokee. I love it! Because it’s quite big it keeps all of our dirty washing in it, containing the smells and awful sights that children bring along to this equation! The inner natural lining bag of the laundry basket means it is easy to grab that dirty washing and take it down to the washing machine. It also keeps the laundry basket clean.

inner lining bag

Get the kiddies to help

As we are all under one roof at the moment, 24/7 days a week, there’s no harm in asking the kiddies to help. Mine love putting the clothes on the dryer in the garden, it gives them outdoor time and also means I can get on with another task, like putting the next load on! This can also help with bonding, as the children will feel like they are helping you.

Add an air freshener to your laundry basket

Keeping a nice air freshener in the laundry basket will ensure the bad odours are kept at bay. This is just a nice tip, so when you are not quite on top of the laundry cycle you don’t have to worry about the hallway smelling of smelly socks!

laundry hacks

Organise the clean pile

I spend ages organising the cleaning piles. So, for example, if a load has mixed items in from all of us, I ensure that I split it into piles of Daddy, Mummy, Noah & Isla. This means when I take it upstairs I know where the clean clothes are going. This makes it easier to put things away too. It used to take me ages putting them away when it wasn’t organised. This saved me hours a week!

Do you have any hacks to keep on top of the laundry, especially during lockdown? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.

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  • Alice Gilkes
    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    We do not have a dryer, so what has really been helping is having all that lovely weather over the last couple of months. We have managed to do lots of laundry washing.

  • lynn neal
    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    I liked reading your tips and I will try adding an freshner to the laundry basket!

  • MARGARET gallagher
    Friday, May 22, 2020

    Can be a nightmare at times – together we will get through this

  • laura milton
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    I need to add one to my husbands basket for sure!

  • Lyndsey cooksey
    Monday, June 1, 2020

    Great ideas! I love the idea of putting in an air freshener in in the basket! Kind of genius! My daughter does help me and insists she helps pegs the washing out ( but I end up re doing it after she’s gone or else cuffs and collars don’t dry lol. I like your basket too.

  • claire gray
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    Great tips here!!! I find when the washing piles up I get super stressed so have take some of your tips on board…thankyou! great advice!

  • Angela Treadway
    Saturday, June 6, 2020

    thanks for the tips needed it with 3 males in my place!! x

  • Jeanette Leighton
    Sunday, June 7, 2020

    Depends on the weather on how much washing gets done, luckily we have had great weather lately

  • Selena Longworth
    Sunday, June 7, 2020

    Some good tips. I find the laundry it’sself the easy part. But have to be strict with putting it away. Every Saturday morning I spend a hour doing this task which is my idea of hell!

    I have three children they help me fill the machine and put there dirty items in a basket but that’s about it. They are a bit small to do much more age 2,3 and 5.

  • Jazz Tattersall
    Friday, June 12, 2020

    I use a wax melt in the laundry basket it certainly helps with smells

  • Susan Smith
    Sunday, June 14, 2020

    Some good tips here, laundry is one of my downfalls, before i know it i have a whole load of washing then a whole load of ironing

  • Helen Arlow
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Air freshener in the laundry basket is a great idea! Thanks for the handy tip. I sometimes feel like laundry is my arch enemy lol x

  • Carly Belsey
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    Im terrible, I literally pack far too much laundry in the baskets and for some reason they break!! I really need to invest in decent wash baskets. Great advice. Thank you

  • Margaret Gallagher
    Saturday, August 15, 2020

    Never tried airfreshener in my laundry basket – great tips

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    I thought there’d be less laundry without school uniforms and work clothes during lockdown but I couldn’t have been more wrong. There’s so much more housework as well.