As a busy mom, I have to be organized when it comes to the laundry. Not surprisingly, there’s ALOT of it and I have three kids who think if you look at a shirt, you have to put it in the wash. We started using all free clear when my daughter was a baby because of her sensitive skin. My youngest child also has sensitive skin, so I started washing everyone’s clothes in it. all free clear is the #1-recommended laundry detergent by pediatricians, dermatologists, allergists and, most importantly, by smart moms and dads everywhere.
Laundry is usually done on Sunday nights, unless someone gets sick and we “need” to do a wash. Why once a week? We live in an apartment and between work and our busy life, I can’t spare two full hours to get everything done. Kids need to be kids and doing laundry all the time just wouldn’t be fair to them.
Laundry Organization Tips for Apartment Dwelling Busy Moms
1. Hamper it! Every bedroom needs a hamper or one central place to put all the dirty laundry. When I grew up, we put it under the sink in the upstairs bathroom. Now, I have a hamper in each of the two bedrooms that my kids share (one kid in one room, two kids in another room). This way when it’s time to do laundry, I know exactly where to head to gather the laundry. My kids still throw clothes on the floor, but when it’s laundry time, they make sure it’s in their hamper.
2. Grandma Carts! If you live in an apartment, you need the biggest “grandma cart” that money can buy (it will cost between $29 – $42). I bought mine from a local hardware shop. I have a “shelf” where I can keep my detergent.
3. Dump straight into the cart! When you are ready to do the laundry, pull the hampers out of the rooms and literally dump into the cart.
4. Push the stroller and pull the Grandma Cart! If you live in an apartment and have a baby in a stroller, you can still get the laundry done. Actually, this stressed me out as a new mom — how was I going to do laundry with a baby in tow? I had to learn how to push the stroller and PULL the grandma cart behind me. What’s not easy is running down three times to wash, dry, and take the laundry up and then fold it. Instead, throw a load in and then take baby for a walk around the block (a few times). Then throw everything in the dryer and go around the block again (or grab a Starbucks). Take laundry up, hopefully with baby snoozing in his stroller, and fold while they blissfully keep sleeping? Or while they’re crawling all around the apartment. You can save the folding for later, just lay everything flat on top of each other.
5. As you fold, sort! All the laundry can be done together, sort by each child and then into a pile for type of garment! Then stack child #1’s clothes in the Grandma Cart, then put child #2’s clothes on top, etc..
5. If one member of the family has sensitive skin, use a sensitive skin detergent like all free clear on all members of the family! This way if the sensitive skin family member picks up someone else’s garments, it won’t cause a reaction.
all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. It’s tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family. Plus, it’s safe for use in standard and HE machines. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Powerful Clean. Gentle on Skin. all free clear is also 100% hypoallergenic. And now – all free clear has a full family of products to simplify your laundry routine. NEW From the #1 Detergent Brand Recommended by Dermatologists Allergists and Pediatricians comes all® free clear liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets. Use together to make fabrics cleaner, softer, and more comfortable against your family’s sensitive skin. 100% free of dyes and perfumes. Gentle on skin. Safe for all washing machines. Find it in your fabric conditioner aisle. As with any household detergent, keep out of reach of children.
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I love all free & clear and have been using it for years! We all have sensitive skin in my family so all is my go-to detergent! I really need to take your advice and in vest in one of those “grandma carts”. I have a laundry room right in my building but its hard lugging baskets down the hall!
I used to have a laundry cart when I lived in an apartment. Best way to sguttle the laundry! Great tips!
#5 is my favorite. My kids and husband don’t get it that sorting is easy. Sigh.
Here’s a tip. This is what i do. I do my sort before I put the clothes into the dryer. So Mom and Max have their own dryer and Papa has one too.