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Clutter Video Tip: Make Housekeeping Easier- Choose Wisely

Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! It’s the one chore that you can never really complete. Unless you are a nudist, you can’t quite finish washing clothes. Does the word laundry make you want to scream? If you have ever sat in the middle if a pile of clean clothes and cried, this tip is for you! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)

 

Transcript:

Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about simplifying your housekeeping routines by making some better choices up front. First, let’s talk about kids’ clothing. When you’re choosing clothing for your kids in the store, think about dark clothing versus white or cream colored clothing. You’re going to spend a lot more time pre-treating stains and dealing with the laundry itself rather than being able to spend that time playing with your kids. Also, with children, you want to think about – especially if the kids are of the same gender – maybe purchasing certain types of clothing, like underwear or socks, in a way that will make it easier for you later when you’re folding and putting clothing away. For example, I had two sons, so I would buy one kind of socks and both boys could wear the socks, it didn’t matter who they belonged to. And then with their undies, we had two different brands of underwear and I knew that one son wore one brand and one wore another. So, I didn’t have to spend time when I was sorting and folding, looking at sizes to tell the difference between who it belonged to.

You also want to think about this for yourself. When you’re shopping for your clothing, look for items that don’t require dry cleaning, items that don’t require ironing, so that you can save time and actually a lot of money with the dry cleaning by getting that more low-maintenance clothing.

Finally, you want to also think about this with your furnishings in your home or if you’re going to be doing some remodeling, you might want to chose dark colored upholstery and definitely don’t get white carpet and things like that, so that you won’t be worried about it and stressed about it all the time. It’ll stay cleaner looking and you’ll be happier.

If you’d like some help with your laundry room or anything like this, you can get help from our team of experts. We’re the only place on-line where you can get access to professional organizers at a very affordable price for direct help. You can learn more at clutterdiet.com/learnmore.

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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3 Comments

Alice J. Sweeney

Good thoughts Lorie. And don’t worry, I won’t tell the boys you were talking about their underwear. Laundry folding is a real phobia of mine and I want to find out about anything I can do to make the job easier. If you can spend less time doing the day-to-day chores it’s easier to keep your house decluttered and your life on track.

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Miriam

One tip that I use… I have two boys as well and we pass down clothes from one to another. So to help sort out clothes I have put one dot on the tag of all the clothes of my first child. Then when it is passed down to the second child I just add a dot. This helps me know quickly who the clothes belong to without reading labels.

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Misty

The dots reminds me of growing up. I’m one of 6 kids and my dad was in the Navy, so my mom was a single mother of 6 for much of the year!
She started by giving us each our own color and sewing x’s into the toes of our socks. All that sewing got old quick, so she switched to colored markers. The one or two dots makes it easier to hand things down, but I can’t say we handed down socks too often. 🙂

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