I left my laundry in the basket and now it’s all wrinkled.
You have several options.
- You can put it away wrinkled and not worry about it.
- You can put it back in the dryer with a wet rag for about 10 minutes.
- You can iron the items that matter.
- You can use a product like Downey Wrinkle Releaser. I’ve used that a couple of times and had some success.
I washed a lot of laundry but didn’t get it put away and now I can’t remember what’s clean and what’s dirty.
You can go through it and try to figure out what’s clean and what’s dirty by touching it or smelling it, but if it was me, I’d wash it all again.
I don’t have time to wash, fold and put away the laundry but I’m out of clothes.
If you absolutely don’t have time to complete the process from start to finish, and it does happen to all of us occasionally, then wash and dry what you can and live out of the laundry basket until you can put it away. It’s not ideal but it’s better than nothing.
I have a hard time figuring out when to do laundry because of my schedule so I don’t do it until I’m desperate for clothes.
You might need to do some creative thinking to figure out how to get it done. When I was working full-time, I had a harder time getting laundry done. I finally came up with a system that worked fairly well. I put a load in the washer in the morning, switched it to the dryer when I got home, and folded it after dinner. I did that every day. It wasn’t ideal but it got the job done.
So if your schedule is complicated, look at your calendar and try to come up with a creative solution to getting the laundry done. Think outside the box. Then create a routine. A routine will make it a lot easier.
My laundry room is far away and unpleasant to use.
I’ve been there! The laundry room in my last house was in the basement. But I had to go through the cold or hot garage (depending on the season), go down the narrow concrete stairwell, open the door, and finally go into the laundry area. It was really unpleasant. And sometimes snakes were in there. And sometimes I scraped my knuckles on the concrete wall because the laundry basket was so wide. And my hands were full so it was hard to open the door.
Fortunately for me my husband created a very nice laundry room for me and solved some of those problems. But if you don’t have that option, there are still things you can do. For example:
- Put down an inexpensive rug so you don’t have to stand on the bare floor. Also, if clothes fall out of the dryer, they won’t land on a dirty floor.
- Clean up the area so at least it’s not dirty.
- Add some conveniences – like a laundry sorter, drying rack or ironing board (if you iron, which I don’t). Maybe even some shelves to hold your supplies.
- If you can, add some lighting so you can see what you’re doing.
- Clear out the clutter. Lots of times laundry rooms tend to be catch-all locations for anything and everything. Try to keep the clutter out of your way. If you struggle to get to your machines, you won’t want to do laundry.
- Solve any of the problems you can. For example, my wide laundry basket caused me to scrape my knuckles on the concrete. So I got a tall basket and ditched the wide one. It was hard to open the door at the bottom of the steps so David installed a different kind of door knob so I could open it with my elbow. You get the idea.
I don’t have a washer and dryer so I have to go to the laundromat.
If you can, start saving for a washer & dryer. You can get them used or at scratch and dent sales for a reasonable price. If you can’t get both, save for a washer. You can dry clothes on a line stretched across your basement or bedroom.
But if you can’t get a washer & dryer or your living arrangements won’t allow it, then the laundromat it is. The bottom line is that going to the laundromat is going to be a pain. To make it better, though:
- Have plenty of cash in the right denomination.
- Schedule time to go. If you go whenever it works out or whenever you feel like it, you’ll never go. Schedule it and stick to your schedule as much as possible.
- Get a container that makes it easy to cart your clothes to and from the facility.
- This would be personal preference, but I’d probably rather go twice a week and have less clothing to deal with each time than going once a week and having a mammoth pile of clothes. But you’ll have to decide which you prefer.
- Be conservative with your clothing use so you have less to wash. Use a towel twice instead of washing after every use. Where a shirt a second day if it’s not dirty.
- Take something to do with you. Check email on your smart phone; read a book; write letters, etc. Use the time you’re waiting to do something you don’t normally get to do. Try to think of laundromat time as “me time”.
DISCLAIMER: I have only had to go to the laundromat one time in my life so I may not know what I’m talking about. Based on that one time and what I’ve observed, this is my uneducated opinion. I just wanted you to know that.
Multiple family members are using the same machine so it’s not always available when it’s convenient for me.
I’ve been down this road before. My son and daughter-in-law lived with us for a while. They needed the machine; my daughter needed the machine and we needed the machine. So we set up a schedule. Problem solved.
Occasionally we deviated from the schedule but it had to be okay with whoever’s day it was. And on my day, I usually had my laundry done pretty early so anyone was welcome to the machine after that.
There’s no way we could have survived without the schedule.
I don’t mind washing and drying but I hate folding and putting away.
You have several options:
- Live out of the laundry basket. I have a friend whose husband called the dryer the “second dresser”.
- Have someone else in the family fold and put clothes away.
- Have each family member do their own laundry. You’ll still have to put your own away but there will be less of it.
- Have the whole family help fold and put away. Make a game out of it to see who can do the most. You could even assign piles and see who could process their pile the fastest.
- Suck it up and just do it.
I haven’t come across very many people who like doing laundry. The bottom line is that laundry is just a pain. That’s all there is to it. But it has to be done so we may as well do what we can to make it tolerable.
What laundry issues give you a headache?