Recently, several professional organizers offered tips on doing laundry. I'll share some with you over the next few weeks.
This one is from Nora Silic:
"I'll wash and dry the laundry, but the kids (I have seven), fold it if they want to watch a DVD, and put it away when the movie is over.
I keep a bin for unused hangers on the floor of their closets, so they don't have to search for empty hangers between hanging clothes. That way, even if the little ones can't reach their shelf, they can still put the clothes on hangers for me, and I'll get them hung next time I'm passing through.
WARNING: This has the potential to backfire. All of a sudden, when there's several loads to fold, they'd rather read a book, color, play boardgames, practice piano -- anything but watch a movie, if it means folding clothes. It's a risk I'm willing to take.
Something else I do to speed up the sorting process is put dots on the inside of collars and waistbands with a laundry marker. One dot for the oldest girl or boy, two dots for the second oldest, etc. It's much easier to count the dots than to figure out whose is whose by size. That way, too, when an item is ready to be handed down, I just add a dot."
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