My new sorting clean laundry routine

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Washing clothes is a never-ending job.  We don’t have many clothes in our wardrobe, and I tend to wear the same clothes each week to make it easier on myself. I really am no fashionista, although I will dress up for those special events and occasions. The kids have their favourite outfits too, so keeping on top of the laundry routine every day is so necessary for my household. Remember there’s five of us. I wash, I dry, I sort, I repeat… it’s never-ending, but I stay on top of it all for my own sanity because I love an organised home!!

A while ago I shared with you my system of how often I wash the sheets, after accidentally making you think I wash them every 3 months, eek. So I thought I’d share with you my clothes washing routine as well and hope that it will help you get a little more organised when it comes to your laundry. Yes, a rather bland topic, but many households really do struggle with just the simplest of task of getting your laundry done. Some have young children, or work full-time, have a partner that doesn’t help or even have a busy after school schedule with kid’s activities, so fitting in housework to a busy schedule can be hard. I know washing was a big struggle of mine to keep on top of until I created my routine.

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My new sorting clean laundry routine

1. I start in the evening

All the dirty clothes are already sorted, because I organise dirty laundry. In the old house it had its own little space (pictured below), but in our new house it is sitting in the middle of the laundry (you can see in the last picture of this post). I’m dealing with it for the moment, as I’m trying to come up with a solution, but I really love this system as it saves my sanity and keeps the laundry tidy.

  READ MORE: Tips to store and organise dirty clothes in the laundry.

My new sorting clean laundry routine

2. Look at my laundry schedule

I follow my laundry schedule and see what my schedule tells me to wash the next day.  It is always a full load and the schedule helps me keep on top of the kid’s school uniforms, so that they have enough clean ones for the week.These laundry schedules are available in my shop.

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Laundry Wall Art & Schedule

3. Start load of washing

I start the load of washing and let it sit in the machine until morning.  I live on the Gold Coast, QLD where it is warm and have never found the washing to be smelly the next day.  By doing the washing the night before I find it saves me time the next morning.

I currently have a top loader washing machine, but it’s on its last legs so I asked the community on facebook (over 835 replies, I am yet to read through them all) recently what they think of front loader washing machines, as I am thinking of buying one just so I can put my dryer on top, as I have space next to the washing machine to place my dirty laundry sorter. Oh, and I am also too small to reach the dryer if it is hung on the wall above the washing machine.  What do you think of front loaders?

 READ MORE: Facebook responses 

4. Hang washing to dry

While I am waiting for the kids to get ready for school in the morning I hang the washing on the line.

I am currently using clothes hoists, because the people who lived in the house prior to us didn’t have a clothes line (crazy!!). I’m not one for using a clothes dryer unless it’s raining as I try to save the $$ to keep our electricity bill to a minimum.  We are painting the house soon, so once I have done that and remove some plants I will be installing a nice big clothes line on the fence.

  READ MORE: Energy saving tips for essential household appliances

My new sorting clean laundry routine

5. Take washing off line

I take it off before I pick the kids up from school, if it looks like it may rain. But mostly I take it off the line just before I cook dinner or I delegate and get one of the kids to do it.

6. Sorting the washing

When the kids were babies: I would take the washing off the line around lunchtime, sort, fold and put away while the kids were sleeping.

When the kids just started school: Once they got a little older I would leave the folded washing for them to put away into their drawers after they got home from school.

Now they are tweens and teens: Recently I have become the queen of delegation, but it’s also teaching the kids about household responsibilities, getting them to sort the washing for me. However, I would usually ask the 3 of them to do it together, but that was a big mistake…. there was arguing, which I find very annoying to listen to. Then the dobbing followed, who did what and where and why and oh mum!!!! I’d end up with several piles of clothes for one person, my youngest would tell my son he’s not folding properly and I am clearly hearing my own tone through her (she is such a mini me). So, this was not good and I needed a new system.

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My new sorting system

I purchased 4 storage containers from Kmart, I will label each of these with the kids names soon. I only got four despite it being a household of 5: one for each child and one for hubby’s and my wardrobe.

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My new sorting clean laundry routine

Now I take the washing off the line and sort the washing into the tubs

My new sorting clean laundry routine

I’ve been doing it on the kitchen bench so I don’t have to bend over, or you can do it while catching up on some TV!

My new sorting clean laundry routine

or delegate and get the kids to do it! Which is handy when all their undies and socks look the same.

My new sorting clean laundry routine

Then I put the tubs at the bottom of the stairs, where the kids will pick up the tub take to their room and need to fold and put away before dinner.  I say before dinner rather than bedtime, because I know my kids, they’ll leave it to the last minute of the evening and I will be sitting on their bed waiting to say goodnight while they are folding washing which frustrates me.

My new sorting clean laundry routine

Then they place the tub back in the laundry ready for the next day. Here’s a look at our new laundry, I have carpet offcuts at the bottom of the cupboard, which I am unsure if I need to keep.  The empty shelves are where I have been storing the kid’s school hats and school bags, right next to the garage door.

My new sorting clean laundry routine

I really like this new system with no more arguing children. If you don’t sort your clothes daily you may need bigger tubs.  I got smaller ones which work great for daily sorting.

What is washing routine? Do you have a schedule?

Please share your routine, as it may help another struggling mum create a routine for her home.

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126 comments

Robyn February 10, 2016 - 6:06 AM

I struggle with washing, it’s ine of those jobs I can’t keep on top of. I just want to say thank you Kat, I find your blog easy to follow and very relatable and practical, I’m going to give your routine a go.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 7:11 AM

Thank you Robyn, I really enjoy sharing what I do in my home to help others in theirs, let me know how you go 🙂

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Cath February 10, 2016 - 6:28 AM

I don’t have much of a routine, but there are definitely a couple of tips I will take from this:
1) a weekly schedule (which includes sheets/towels) as this is very haphazard in my house!
2) Baskets for the kids clothes for them to put away – currently I fold first and then they take them (usually unfolding in the process) so this will save me time and help their routine 🙂
Thank you, I’m slowly getting my life/house more organised, which, as a single working & studying Mum, is life-changing!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 7:13 AM

Sounds like you are very busy studying and working Cath. I’ll share pics of my kids new wardrobes soon, but I found that if I folded something up nicely it rarely stayed that way. Key is to make things easier on yourself and if you can eliminate steps along the way to cut down the amount of work go for it!

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Amanda February 10, 2016 - 6:53 AM

I am very happy with my front loader Kat. When I first got it (about 4 years ago) I compared one of the kids school polos washed in my old machine (top loader) and one washed in my new and there was a definite difference e.g. no bobbles! Even my husband was amazed. Having said that I know some of the new top loaders have different agitators now so they wash more like a front loader. The things I love are saving water, cleaner clothes (as explained above) and the delayed timer switch – put washing in the night before and set the time when you want the load finished….so great to get up the next morning and the washing is ready to hang out 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 7:15 AM

Thank you so much for the tip Amanda, do you find the door get’s mouldy?

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Sarah February 10, 2016 - 11:01 AM

I have never had a mouldy door, but I never use fabric softener, I am pretty sure it is the cause of mould in washing machines. I have been using a front loader for 10 years.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 1:56 PM

Wow that’s great to know Sarah, 10 years and no mould. I don’t use fabric softener either.

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Vanessa February 11, 2016 - 6:25 PM

I was worried about hearing that front loader doors developed mould also, but I was advised to always use warm water to prevent it – and have never had a problem in 5+ years of using a front loader

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Ooh there you go, I’ll look into that theory about the warm water, seems like it may help all those that say they do get mould.

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Jennifer February 13, 2016 - 1:55 PM

We have a front loader and it used to be that if the clothes sat in the washer all night they would get a funky mouldy smell. Kind of like old gym gear.
We now add a tablespoon of Canesten Hygiene Laundry Rinse in with smellier washes (eg gym clothes) and just every now and again if we think we need it. Smells all gone.
I find our front loader SLOW which is why we wash overnight. Check washing times. Shortest full wash takes owner 1.5hrs on ours.

Adrienne February 11, 2016 - 9:24 PM

I always leave the door and detergent drawer slightly ajar after each load. This allows every thing to dry out, no mould and no musty smell. Love my front loader and dryer sitting on top!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:54 PM

ooh this is good new Adrienne, does your dryer brand warn you not to put them on top of each other, as many readers are sharing that many brands recommend you can’t put them ontop of each other, I would love to as I want to save space.

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Helen Davey February 12, 2016 - 10:48 AM

I leave my front loader door open between washes to prevent mould developing and musty smells. I don’t use fabric softener. I am also on the Gold Coast (north). I love the front opening, but found the machine was very low, making me bend too far to load and unload. (I’m not a spring chick any more!). We now have it sitting on a square table with the dryer above (I do need to use a step to put clothes in the dryer, and get clothes out though – I have short legs!! Lol!)
Been using the baskets for a while and they do help but sometimes it’s a while before I get them back!!
Love your hints and encouragement ? Thanks

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Laura February 12, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Great tips here. I have a front loader and I have recently stopped using fabric softener as it was getting mouldy, but I will make sure I use warm water washes too.

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Tanja January 24, 2017 - 11:55 AM

I stole this idea from my clever mum – she keeps an old rag (thin muslin cloth nappy from when I was a baby haha!) on top of the washing machine specifically for giving it a super quick wipe over to get rid of the big water drops. Then she hangs it over the door to dry which she always keeps open. None of her machines have ever had mould!

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Sarah February 10, 2016 - 7:07 AM

I use the delay start timer function on my washing machine, it gives me the option of setting it to turn on in 3 hours, 5 hours or 9 hours. I put it on before getting ready for bed (9-10pm ish) and it comes on early in the morning (6am ish) and is finished ready for when I am ready to hang it, without it having to sit wet overnight (which is what I used to do also with our old washing machine that did not have this function).

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 7:16 AM

That’s a great idea Sarah, washing machines are getting so clever 🙂

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Laura February 12, 2016 - 10:53 AM

This is such a great idea! My machine has this option, but I have never used it! I will from now on 🙂

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Tash June 24, 2016 - 10:38 AM

The only problem I found with the delay start was if you don’t have a designated powder tray (like some top loafers) the powder can act like a bleach… I learnt the hard way!

I absolutely love my top loader (Fisher & Paykel Wash Smart), I even just bought a second one, second hand one just for my husbands work clothes I love it so much!

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Roz February 10, 2016 - 7:13 AM

I love my front loader – wish I’d had it when my four children were young! It saves water, is gentler on clothes but cleans better and has features like delayed start and short wash. I hardly ever use the long cycles as the washing rarely needs it! My only negative would be cleaning the rubber door seal as it constantly holds water and becomes a grime catcher. I’d love other people’s hints to prevent this?
My washing is sorted as we take off clothes and put them straight into the baskets at night; whites, coloured, darks and linen/towels. When a basket is full or I know that our limited number of work uniforms have been worn I do that load. Everything is folded as soon as possible after drying (the “do it now” principle) and each family member is expected to put away their own clothes. Ironing is attended in the very early morning while it is cool in summer and to warm me up on a winter morning. Works for me but I know that everyone has to find what works for them and this can change depending on what stage your family is at.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 7:21 AM

I’m learning so much, I didn’t realise that the front loaders clean better than top loaders. Wonder why? Good to know thank you Roz. Yes our routine has changed as the kids get older. When I struggled to find the time when the kids were little I used to put the clean washing on my lounge so I couldn’t sit and relax until it was done. Love your do it now principal.

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Hayley February 10, 2016 - 9:44 AM

I have a dark purple hand towel. After each load I wipe the excess water & grime out from the seal. And then leave the towel hanging over the door, leaving it open between loads prevents mould. 🙂

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Hayley February 10, 2016 - 9:48 AM

I should add, the towel over the door dries between loads, and I wash it with the towels 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 1:54 PM

great idea having a towel specifically for wiping over the machine.

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Jenny February 10, 2016 - 7:13 AM

I’ve only used front loaders when in a holiday unit and think they take far too long to do anything. I’m sticking with top loader

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 7:17 AM

Ooh do they, are their cycles longer than a top loader? I didn’t know this.

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Kazzie February 10, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Yes, they do Katrina! When I put the heavy plush blanket in, it took 3 hours!! eekk! Plus FL are not suitable for me as we have low water pressure. So it’s a must to have high water pressure in your area to have FL.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 1:55 PM

I’m learning so much, thank you, we have great water in our new house, hot water nearly instantly.

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Kirsten January 17, 2018 - 10:35 AM

No I have a half hour cycle on my front loader. Quick and works well

Vanessa February 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Front loaders can take longer, but my 8.5kg LG has a short wash cycle (which I have programmed as a favourite) and it only takes 30 mins – but I have added the “crease care” function onto the wash – extra 10 mins washing means much more than 10 mins time saved doing the ironing!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:48 PM

lol, I like that idea!

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Natasha February 12, 2016 - 11:47 AM

I have a Bosch front loader with a 15 min cycle so my suggestion would be to do your research. I love my machine! Had it for 8+ years now and no mould, discolouration or build up anywhere and yes, I do use softener on occasion. As others have said, open the door after each wash to ensure there is no moisture/mould build up. Good luck!

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Stacey February 10, 2016 - 7:18 AM

My laundry routine revolves around my Hills Hoist style clothesline and the fact there are four in my family. As I retrieve the washing from the machine I place it in the washing basket in a very orderly fashion so that the clothes of each family member are together. I then hang out the clothes using one side of the clothesline for each person. When I take them off, I take my husband’s off first, then mine, then my daughter’s and finishing with my son’s. I fold all the clothes as I go. So when I come inside it’s simply a matter of putting them straight in the drawers, one person at a time. I like making the job as easy as possible at the end!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 7:23 AM

That’s a clever system you have Stacey, I had an old hills hoist in our first home, loved it, so big. I have a friend that fold washing as they take it off the line and swear this is a big time saver. I tried it, but found it difficult with a family of 5. But I can certainly see how it saves time, great idea!

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Vicki February 10, 2016 - 11:55 AM

Stacey, I do exactly the same! One section for each family member. Plus, I hang the “smalls” (undies, socks etc) on the inside lines, gradually going longer (tops, shorts then long pants & dresses etc last) towards the outside lines, so that when it comes to taking them off & folding, the biggest/heaviest clothes are taken & folded first so end up on the bottom of the basket with “smalls” on the top. Easier to put away too.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 1:59 PM

love it, an organised clothes line!

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Alison February 12, 2016 - 1:47 PM

When I’m organised i do much the same -sort by person as i hang it out – and it was such a life changer when i stopped scoffing at old people who suggested it and gave it a go. Also i try to sort the clothes into ‘drawers’ as i unpeg so the folded piles are (in theory) just grab and pack when it comes to putting it away. When I’m not organised (which is a lot lately) the washing sits unfolded until we run out of empty baskets … It was easier at our previous house where the line was under a shelter and i wasn’t rushing the job to get out of the blistering sun. We’re 5 too. I tend to end up with 2 piles in the basket. Parents on top of kids and baby on top of all to make them easier to separate. It is tricky if you find a bunch of kids clothes you missed at the start but we have seperate kid and adult laundry baskets so each load is mostly kids or mostly adult clothes. Laundry and how i pack cutlery are the only household chores i do that area even close to organised or systemised!

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Suzanne February 10, 2016 - 7:37 AM

If you wipe over the door seal each time you do a load, like you empty the filter in your dryer each time you do a load, it avoids the rubber going mouldy. I love my front loader. I think they’re gentler on clothes.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 4:46 PM

That’s a great tip for a routine Suzanne, thank you 🙂

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Mary February 10, 2016 - 7:56 AM

I live in the UK and everyone has front loaders here. It’s probably because most people have their washing machines in their kitchen as our houses don’t usually have laundry rooms! I’ve never even seen a top loader over here- not even in the shops! I agree with some of the other comments about front loaders taking longer to wash. It is very brand/machine dependent. Definitely check that out before you buy! My current machine has a “time saver wash” which takes about an hour although there is a 15 min option for small loads. Mould in the front seal can be a problem if you don’t use the machine frequently and let water sit in the seal. If you get in the habit of a quick wipe at the end of the laundry session it’s not an issue!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 5:57 PM

that is great tips thank you Mary, I think it would certainly save room having a front loader.

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Susie February 10, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Just a word of warning – the front loader must have a “Start/Pause” or “Stop/Add” function – for that dropped sock or that last little forgotten bit of washing lurking in someone’s room. I love my front loader. I found it hard, at first, to get used to the looong cycles. But with my newer one with the ‘Stop/Add’ function the length of the cycle doesn’t worry me. Also it has a 30min and 15min cycle. We wash our dog towels once a week on the 15min cycle and then immediately after do a 15min cycle of just vinegar. Leave the door open between washes and use vinegar instead of fabric softener with a towels/sheets wash – and so far no mould!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 1:58 PM

I love how versatile vinegar can be, a 15 min cycle, that’s a great one.

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Penny Marrett February 10, 2016 - 2:38 PM

I used to really struggle with a mountain of clean laundry which was left for me to sort – now I get the kids to help in the sorting which generally takes place when I get to reminding them!! Each person’s clean laundry is placed on their bed for folding/putting away – I have a couple laundry baskets that are used to carry them but not to be left in bedrooms else Mr 13 would live out of the basket/box & not put things away! I don’t fuss about whether they fold or how neatly as long as put away or even which drawer as long as they can find it! It’s great to give them the responsibility for their own clothes and now I don’t stress so much about the Mt Everest of washing to fold & put away!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:00 PM

that’s right Penny, we don’t fold some items, it’s just as easy to throw them into a drawer of their own.

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Sarah February 10, 2016 - 7:22 PM

Great tips as always- I really needed this- trying to organize my laundry room and get into the habit of sorting- kids seem to throw anything and everything togther and dont get me started on my DP lol

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:01 PM

hope it helps Sarah 🙂

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Sandra February 10, 2016 - 8:26 PM

My advice would be to be very careful and research the heck out of it before buying a front loader. I had a Samsung for 6 years and despite taking longer than the displayed 1hr 40 min for a load (via water tank due to new house basix requirements) I was happy enough as things came out clean, it had a timer function and it didn’t take up much space.
That all changed when a little plastic clip that connects the metal door frame to the metal machine frame broke on Easter Sunday when I went to open the door to take out the load of school clothes. Expensive service required as all school shirts were stuck and there was no way to get them out.
New clip fitted and I very careful with the door and a month later a different plastic part to the door mechanism broke and again clothes stuck despite the kid glove treatment.
Turns out despite the majority of the machine being metal a few plastic parts are used and they often break. A very expensive lesson for a cheap part as the entire door needed pulling apart. Never will I have trapped clothes with the replacement top loader machine. It’s a Fisher Paykel but without the agitator in the middle. Sorry about the rant but there’s nothing like seeing all your clothes in the glass door looking at you and knowing they are stuck to make you want to scream!

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Nicola February 12, 2016 - 10:49 AM

I have a Samsung front loader as well which I’ve only had for a year. I wipe over the seals, clean the drum regularly, we’ve cleaned the drainage tube and where the waste collects. I use vinegar as a fabric softener. Despite that, I could never leave washing sitting in the machine overnight as the washer has a foul smell all the time and it’s worse after washing has been in there even for a short amount of time.

I’m actually thinking of buying a new one despite it costing nearly $1500.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Ooh I feel for you, especially looking at school uniforms, that’s very frustrating for you, thank you for sharing.

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Robyn February 13, 2016 - 10:14 AM

Top loader always.
My husband (the Pom) talked me into a front loader. It was crap. I had to bend down low. It took forever. You could never add something in after it started, and I also had issues with the door breaking and refusing to open. Got a top loader after that – just love to have it back!!

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Hayley February 11, 2016 - 12:06 AM

I have a hanging system in my laundry where I hang all shirts/pants/shirts etc straight onto hangers (living in QLD the weather is generally warm enough that clothes dry same day). I then have a clip hanger for each person for underwear and shorts, I also have a clothes horse for excess items, this all generally remains in the laundry to dry. This allows us to grab clothes from laundry instead of worrying about bringing off line and putting away if we’re short on time. Kids have a basket each for anything not on hangers and hangers go straight into wardrobes. Towels and sheets go on the outside line.
I have recently converted to front loader and I’m in love! We have a Fisher and Paykel Washsmart. It has delay start (a must for me) and shorter cycle options 15, 30 and 50ish mins which I find all generally clean well. The add a garment/pause is a must. Ours has a 1400 rpm spin cycle which means clothes dry so much quicker. Also heats own water up to 60°c.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:22 PM

In my new laundry I can see that I have some space to create a hanging system, was thinking I could use it to put the kids school uniforms wet on hangers. When you got your new FL did they tell you if you can or can’t put your dryer on top of it?

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Jill February 11, 2016 - 9:19 AM

Hi Kat. Front loader companies recommend not placing dryer on top of a washing machine. However you could hand it on the wall and place front loader washer under which would-be lower than ya top loader. Or hand on wall and place dirty clothes draws under.
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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Interesting, that throws my idea out the window then doesn’t it, I didn’t know this but it’s good to know, thank you Jill.

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Meredith_in_Aus February 13, 2016 - 9:40 AM

Hi Kat, I have a Bosch FL. It has a 15min “freshen up” cycle and a “power wash” cycle, as well as the regular cottons cycle that takes about 90mins on light soiling mode. If you’ve had a F&P top loader, you’ll want to make sure your new FL has a spin cycle of at least 1200rpm, or you’ll feel as though your clothes are dripping wet after spinning. (F&P top loaders have a really fast spin compared to others.) My Bosch will stack with a Bosch dryer. They recommend using their stacking kit, which you can get with a drawer underneath for storing powder etc, and it makes the washer just a little higher and easier to load/unload. I use Norwex washing powder which has no fillers. My machine has been so much cleaner since changing to Norwex, and the armpits of my husbands shirts have all cleared up too.

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Hayley February 11, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Hi Kat,
I saw these baskets in Kmart today, such a great idea! Just wondering what do you do with the lids that come with them?
Thanks! 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:28 PM

I’ve just put the lids at the top of the cupboard just in case I have a use for them down the track.

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Brooke February 11, 2016 - 8:01 PM

I struggle to get it done due to a crazy schedule. I’m a single mum who leaves the house on work days at 5:30am and due to swim training 5 days a week, we don’t get home until 7pm.
Sadly it all ends up in the dryer otherwise I would never get it done.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:49 PM

sounds like a long day for you Brooke x

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Mia February 11, 2016 - 9:23 PM

I’m loving the ideas to get the kids helping, mine really need to start helping me out, the washing is out of control!! Just a quick question though, what do you all do with the odd socks? I have so many, but I don’t want to throw them away in case I find the pairs ( which usually turn up in the kids toy boxes or stuck in the couch!!)

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:51 PM

great questions Mia, I have just asked the community on my facebook page, hopefully they have some answers for you .

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Chris Ann June 24, 2016 - 1:27 PM

When my boys were younger I had a decorative box in the laundry labelled “ÖDD SOX”. i t was amazing how many pairs I could recover. The odd ones that never got matched were sometimes found buried in the flower beds – the dog had stolen and buried them! Dirty boy-socks seemed to be very attractive to our dog!

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Sarah February 11, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Kind of a routine. Each bedroom has a laundry hamper for CLOTHES only. Each day the youngest (8) gets hers and empties each basket into it and takes it to the laundry. Oldest child (12) puts it in the front loader and puts it on. Just before we go to school it’s done and I’ve put it in the dryer (we have a Labrador and washing hung up is not safe) or the clothes airer on the laundry wall. Middle child (10) empties dryer after school and folds. I sort into piles on dining table and they kids pack away before dinner. All their drawers are labelled where things go so they don’t just shove stuff in one!! Towels, sheets and kitchen linens in extra weekend wash ? Saves my sanity and means when hubby is home (FIFO) he knows the routine too.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:55 PM

sounds like a great routine Sarah and love that the kids are helping you too 🙂

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Roz February 12, 2016 - 6:20 AM

When my kids were young I had a mesh washing bag (the kind used for delicates) pegged up in the laundry for odd socks. Throw all the spares in that – very easy to see through mesh to pair them up as you find the strays. Also have a “treasure hunt” weekly for socks that have been buried in lounges etc. Maybe rewards for matched pairs?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:57 PM

that’s a clever idea with the mesh bag Roz!!

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Hayley February 12, 2016 - 6:47 AM

I bought a new washing machine last week after our first front loader gave up working (7yrs we had it I think). I hated our first front loader, had nothing but issues with it, but decided to go for another front loader due to laundry size and water usage.
I joined choice to read reviews but ended up buying one that was mid range (review wise) for it’s features. A standard cotton 8.5kg wash is 1hr, or there is a 30min 4kg wash and 15min 2kg wash. It has both hot and cold water connections and an add item function (drains water to low point so you can open the door). So far it cleans well but only time will tell how it lasts.
I don’t have a set schedule for laundry written down but I do know I have to wash Tuesday night so we have school clothes for wed/thurs and again on the weekend. Towels and sheets etc just get washed when we have a fine day and I have the time.
I try to grab things off the line and then sit to fold, placing each family members clothes in their own laundry basket for them, or me, to put away. We are a family of 7 people and I would love the dirty clothes to be sorted but atm we just have 2 dirty laundry hampers, 1 for the whole family and 1 for DHs work clothes (carpenter so clothes have sawdust).

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 4:13 PM

we recently purchased a new fridge and looked at reviews before we purchased the fridge, it’s a good idea to do research.

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Hayley February 12, 2016 - 6:47 AM

I bought a new washing machine last week after our first front loader gave up working (7yrs we had it I think). I hated our first front loader, had nothing but issues with it, but decided to go for another front loader due to laundry size and water usage.
I joined choice to read reviews but ended up buying one that was mid range (review wise) for it’s features. A standard cotton 8.5kg wash is 1hr, or there is a 30min 4kg wash and 15min 2kg wash. It has both hot and cold water connections and an add item function (drains water to low point so you can open the door). So far it cleans well but only time will tell how it lasts.
I don’t have a set schedule for laundry written down but I do know I have to wash Tuesday night so we have school clothes for wed/thurs and again on the weekend. Towels and sheets etc just get washed when we have a fine day and I have the time.
I try to grab things off the line and then sit to fold, placing each family members clothes in their own laundry basket for them, or me, to put away. We are a family of 7 people and I would love the dirty clothes to be sorted but atm we just have 2 dirty laundry hampers, 1 for the whole family and 1 for DHs work clothes (carpenter so clothes have sawdust).

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Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living February 12, 2016 - 10:17 AM

Kat loved seeing a snippet of your new home – your kitchen living area looks so lovely and light. I always put the washing on my bed to sort, that way I have to do it before going to bed!! x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 4:19 PM

It has so much light coming into the house and the white wall…. I love it, will share more soon!!

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Laura February 12, 2016 - 10:48 AM

I do all of the washing for our family of 4 and the kids are too little to help too much at the moment. So to stay on top of it I fold and sort as I bring the washing in off the line. I take two big washing baskets out to the line and each person has half a basket. It takes a bit longer at the line itself, but I find it is quicker and easier in the long run. I hated having baskets of tangled washing around the house and this way I can just put them straight into drawers when I come inside.

As far as washing machines go I have a front loader. I am really short and have a bad back so a top loader is just too hard. BUT I do find the mould around the seal is a pain to say on top of and if you have missed a sock or something, you can’t add it in after. If space is an issue and you don’t use your dryer very often anyway, could you just put your dryer in the garage?

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Penelope February 12, 2016 - 10:52 AM

I wish I had your motivation!!!! You are inspiring me constantly and our house has definitely been more organised since I started following your blog. Thank you! Hope all the kids have a great time at their parties ?

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Mandy February 12, 2016 - 11:56 AM

Hi Kat,
I’ve got my washing pat 🙂 it’s only my son (13) and I so I have one of those huge laundry baskets next to the machine and 4 washing baskets on top of the water heater in the laundry everything get dumped in the baskets and gets sorted on Saturday morning into the 4 baskets. I’m like your previous owners if I hung the clothes out they’ll still be there for a month. So when I hear that beep of the dryer it time for the next load. Which Master B does for me and I fold and put away… It works for us!

PS I just want to say the one thing I love about you page is I hear your voice reading me the article (it’s a friendly voice too)… HB to the kids!

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Marie February 12, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Hi Kat,
your blogs are inspiring to read. Im a mum to 3 lil ones. My eldest started kindy this year.
I dedicate most Monday mornings to washing but will also do a load or 2 later in the week if i have to.
I usually to 3 loads and 4 when i do sheets or towels. I wash our bed sheets every 2 weeks and alternate the 2 weeks in between with doing towels. so im not washing sheets and towels all in the same week.

I have top loader and cant wait till the day comes i get a front loader as i swear our top loader doesnt clean all that well.
My husband is a farmer and i can never seem to get his jeans clean even after soaking them.
He says the twin tubs clean better than mine.
I try to fold taking of the line but sometimes i give up when it gets windy so i generally dump and then fold inside and try to do asap and put away.
My three girls will help once they are much older but i have a few years yet till that stage.
Thanks,
Marie

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Pat February 12, 2016 - 12:55 PM

I have a top loader and in every house we have lived in, except this one, the dryer has been hung from the wall above the washer.
Just make sure to leave room for the lid to open fully and you to be able to manoeuvre there.
A step needed to reach the dryer is better than too little space above the washer.
I have looked at front opening washers and I am not convinced that they are a good idea. Hubby has back problems so that would stop him from using it and I do not need to take over any more of the jobs he does while I am working and he is home.
We have a clothesline, but thanks to hubby’s back problems I am the only one able to use it. So it is used for the sheets that I do each Saturday. And when I am home to wash.
For the days when he does the washing or it is wet, I have 2 airers. One is upright and has fold out areas for hangers, while the other is waist height.
I fold the washing as it comes off the line (or airer) then it is put away as soon as it goes inside. A REAL time saver. The only thing I do not fold at the clothesline is the fitted sheet for my bed as I use the bed to fold it on.
When the kids were the ages of yours I had four laundry baskets. One for each of them and one for us (same as you). I filled them at the clothesline and each child would then take and empty it in their room.
On the days when hubby brings the washing in, I have crumpled clothes as he likes to squish them down to fit in the basket. 🙁
Trying hard to break him of that!

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Kaycee February 12, 2016 - 1:07 PM

I recently got a front loader after much research and deliberation, and I love it 🙂
The wash is far superior, it is quieter, uses less water and I also love that it keeps my 2yr old quiet as she watches the clothes go around!!!
I was a bit concerned that I may not be able to add a lost item in after the wash had started, but I have a Miele now, and I can open the door to add that evasive sock or whatever that wasn’t there til after the wash had started!!!
The only thing I don’t like about it is that the controls are on the front therefore easier for little fingers to touch…..but your family is much more grown up than mine (We have 4 girls ranging from 9-2yrs in age):D
Also, no mould issues here either.
I would definitely recommend a good front loader.

My 1st load of washing is loaded the night before and set on delayed start to switch on earlier than i get up but to be finishing as I am getting up, I empty the machine into a basket and set the next load going then hang both loads together once the older girls are at school.
I get it in after lunch while the youngest is having her afternoon nap.
I do a dark and a light load every day, just to keep it all done and never is dirty washing sitting around the place! 😀 😀
I do all our sheets on a Thursday as well.

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alice February 12, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Hi, I don’t have a clear routine at the moment but I think it’s an area I need to work on 😉 thank you for sharing your ideas and system great inspiration as always 🙂 I just wanted to say that front loader washing machines are great! Not only do they save space, they save water & wash and look after your clothes better, but like most things you do get what you pay for thou would highly recommend bosch or miele 🙂

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Lisa February 12, 2016 - 1:19 PM

Hi Kat,
We are a family of 6 and we recently bought an ASEA front loader after our old AEG front loader broke after 16.5 years! The old one was good but only 5.5kg and the new one is 10kg. What I like about the new one is there is no rubber door seal to wipe (only 2 brands do this). The machine also has a low allergy cycle which ensures all the detergent is washed out. It also uses hot and cold (gas heated) water so is really energy efficient. The insides are all steel, not concrete, so will not crack, causing the machine to ‘move around’. I thought I would share this info becaue buying a new machine is a huge investment for something you will use nearly every day for hpefully many years.

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Helen February 12, 2016 - 2:37 PM

I have a shoulder injury which is stopping me from hanging on the outside line. Instead, I now hang what clothes I can onto hangers and I can loop over the line, and smaller clothes and towels go on my outside, under cover clothes racks. The youngest has child sized hangers. Much ironing is reduced! I bring the hangers in and hang dry clothes onto the wheelie rack where each person takes their shirts, blouses, skirts, frocks etc to their wardrobe and returns with their empty hangers for the next load(s). I just need help to hang my sheets out. I’m loving it and will continue even when shoulder is better ?

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Helen February 12, 2016 - 2:38 PM

I have a shoulder injury which is stopping me from hanging on the outside line. Instead, I now hang what clothes I can onto hangers and I can loop over the line, and smaller clothes and towels go on my outside, under cover clothes racks. The youngest has child sized hangers. Much ironing is reduced! I bring the hangers in and hang dry clothes onto the wheelie rack where each person takes their shirts, blouses, skirts, frocks etc to their wardrobe and returns with their empty hangers for the next load(s). I just need help to hang my sheets out. I’m loving it and will continue even when shoulder is better ?

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Helen February 12, 2016 - 2:38 PM

I have a shoulder injury which is stopping me from hanging on the outside line. Instead, I now hang what clothes I can onto hangers and I can loop over the line, and smaller clothes and towels go on my outside, under cover clothes racks. The youngest has child sized hangers. Much ironing is reduced! I bring the hangers in and hang dry clothes onto the wheelie rack where each person takes their shirts, blouses, skirts, frocks etc to their wardrobe and returns with their empty hangers for the next load(s). I just need help to hang my sheets out. I’m loving it and will continue even when shoulder is better ?

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Helen February 12, 2016 - 2:38 PM

I have a shoulder injury which is stopping me from hanging on the outside line. Instead, I now hang what clothes I can onto hangers and I can loop over the line, and smaller clothes and towels go on my outside, under cover clothes racks. The youngest has child sized hangers. Much ironing is reduced! I bring the hangers in and hang dry clothes onto the wheelie rack where each person takes their shirts, blouses, skirts, frocks etc to their wardrobe and returns with their empty hangers for the next load(s). I just need help to hang my sheets out. I’m loving it and will continue even when shoulder is better ?

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Helen February 12, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Sorry for the multi postings ..

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Jo February 12, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Best thing I have found is a cover (much like a tarp) for my clothesline, called “Clevacover”. It protects the clothes and me from the blazing GC sun, also from bird or bat droppings and if it has started to rain while there’s washing on the line I don’t have to freak out.
I also hang all t-shirts, dresses and tops on coat hangers to dry on the line. That way when they come off the line they are sorted and hung straight into the wardrobe, as we iron as we go.

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Natalie February 12, 2016 - 5:08 PM

I have just re done my laundry and have put a whole wall of pigeon holes in- 6×5. Each member of the family has two pigeon holes. The top one I put all the small stuff in- undies, socks, singlets etc and the bottom one I put all the big clothes in- shorts, shirts, jumpers etc Everyone has to collect their clothes from the pigeon hole and put them away.
All the rest of the pigeon holes are used for soccer boots, sheets, towels etc.
I have bought a few baskets to fit in the holes as well for swimming gear and a mending pile.
I usually fill the washing machine at night and put it on first thing in the morning when I get up. Sometimes I get my husband to pull the knob out if he gets up first.

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Nathalie February 12, 2016 - 7:02 PM

Our kids are tweens and I figured if they can use a computer, they can use a washing machine.
Our week has days delegated to people.
Youngest child’s wash days are Monday and Thursday, eldest child’s are Tuesday and Friday.
Wednesday and weekends are parent use.
One their wash days the kids take their load (which is pretty small being twice a week, unless dressing gowns etc are in it) put it on as soon as they get up in the morning so there’s time for them to hang it up.
I use a washing line, but the kids have a clothes horse for theirs which gets put outside in the sun.
Home from school and fold in-situ – put away. EASY!

They must clear their washing away as the next person is waiting for the clotheshorse the next day.

Letting them do this has made a significant dent in my workload, and is teaching them valuable skills. They actually do a very good job overall, just need a bit of help with some of the folding for some items.

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Tracey February 12, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Hi All,
Who thought talking about laundry could be so interesting on a Friday night @ 10:00pm!
I think most laundry tips have been covered in the comments already, the only thing I would add is, I turn clothes inside out to protect the colour from our strong New Zealand sun.
I learnt the hard way when arriving in NZ and ended up with
T-Shirts that had faded terribly on one side, bleached by the sun I suppose.

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Samantha February 13, 2016 - 5:06 AM

I LOVE my front loader, I have a 10kg Samsung as we have a family of 6 so washing runs my life – so happy as its new and I can wash duvet in era in it even king size. I also have a wonderful system, I have built two cabinets that each hold 4 laundry baskets each child has one each, one each for me and hubby and one for towels, one for bedding. It’s all next to the washing machine/dryer and near the line too. Everything comes in and gets sorted straight away into baskets. The kids unload their baskets once a week and know that if they are looking for something specific it will be in there or their wardrobe. I’m also teaching them to fold neatly into their drawers so the don’t just screw everything up – I NEVER iron btw – hubby do s his shirts and eldest does her uniform blouses.

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Samantha February 13, 2016 - 5:06 AM

I LOVE my front loader, I have a 10kg Samsung as we have a family of 6 so washing runs my life – so happy as its new and I can wash duvet in era in it even king size. I also have a wonderful system, I have built two cabinets that each hold 4 laundry baskets each child has one each, one each for me and hubby and one for towels, one for bedding. It’s all next to the washing machine/dryer and near the line too. Everything comes in and gets sorted straight away into baskets. The kids unload their baskets once a week and know that if they are looking for something specific it will be in there or their wardrobe. I’m also teaching them to fold neatly into their drawers so the don’t just screw everything up – I NEVER iron btw – hubby do s his shirts and eldest does her uniform blouses.

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Samantha February 13, 2016 - 5:06 AM

I LOVE my front loader, I have a 10kg Samsung as we have a family of 6 so washing runs my life – so happy as its new and I can wash duvet in era in it even king size. I also have a wonderful system, I have built two cabinets that each hold 4 laundry baskets each child has one each, one each for me and hubby and one for towels, one for bedding. It’s all next to the washing machine/dryer and near the line too. Everything comes in and gets sorted straight away into baskets. The kids unload their baskets once a week and know that if they are looking for something specific it will be in there or their wardrobe. I’m also teaching them to fold neatly into their drawers so the don’t just screw everything up – I NEVER iron btw – hubby do s his shirts and eldest does her uniform blouses.

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Cindy February 13, 2016 - 5:47 AM

I already have a laundry routine that works for me, but struggle to get kiddos to regularly put their washing away. I was reading this sitting next to Miss nearly 10, I mentioned to her that your kiddos clear their tubs daily before dinner. Her reaction was, “and that’s why I don’t like you reading these websites, BIG SIGH”

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Jenny February 13, 2016 - 9:12 AM

Your blogs are always great!
Over the Christmas break I implemented a similar washing system and it has made a hug difference to the ease of washing so far

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sandie February 13, 2016 - 12:42 PM

I have a top loader washer machine and i have all the functions that people have been saying they love about their front loader. I put washing in the machine at night and use the delay start button to have it start around 530 in the morning, i have a fast wash which is about 30 minutes. My machine is a 10kg lg and i love it. We are a family of 6 and i don’t wash as often as i should so i can do the weeks washing in 2 or 3 loads

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Charissa February 13, 2016 - 1:18 PM

I too have a washing schedule – it’s a little more packed than yours- some of my friends think I’m a little crazy but I need to stay on top of it as I wash linen for holiday houses plus washing for two boys and hubby. Some days I am washing 6 or 8 loads a day!
I love front loading washers – I’m up to number two now but my first one lasted 11 years including washing cloth nappies for two babies. Never had a problem with mould or smells and I don’t use fabric softener and very rarely use warm water in my washes. My new machine is so clever that if I have to call the company with an issue my machine can actually ” talk” to the company and tell them exactly what’s wrong !

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Charissa February 13, 2016 - 1:18 PM

I too have a washing schedule – it’s a little more packed than yours- some of my friends think I’m a little crazy but I need to stay on top of it as I wash linen for holiday houses plus washing for two boys and hubby. Some days I am washing 6 or 8 loads a day!
I love front loading washers – I’m up to number two now but my first one lasted 11 years including washing cloth nappies for two babies. Never had a problem with mould or smells and I don’t use fabric softener and very rarely use warm water in my washes. My new machine is so clever that if I have to call the company with an issue my machine can actually ” talk” to the company and tell them exactly what’s wrong !

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gia February 13, 2016 - 5:40 PM

hi kat, i just bought a new front loader, (my 3rd ) as my Maytag front loader just died, i have had front loaders and top loaders over the years, Bosch, Maytag ,kleenmaid, & this time i bought a Miele 8kg front loader new model as they are the only washing machine still made in Germany. i couldn’t be happier with it, it is absolutely the quietest machine even on the spin cycle at 1600rpm, with no shaking or movement. it has excellent water consumption, energy consumption, & with the twin dos detergent option u get an unbelievable clean wash load. we took our time and researched many brands , spoke to many people, then we found out about the Meile centre at Southport, where we met George who explained everything about the machines. we thought it over then went back 2 weeks later to ask more questions and further explanation between 2 of the models- his knowledge was invaluable -he certainly knew his product & yes it does take a long time to wash clothes but George explained why, he also explained that if you do use the shorter cycles (any brand machine) that u need to use a long wash at least once a week , otherwise gunk builds up in the machine & shortens the life of your machine – it would pay you to talk to George just for his expert knowledge, as no-one in the retail shops knew a quarter of what he told us. then you can make an informed decision with confidence when buying your next washing machine. Even the delivery guys were fantastic, friendly, expert knowledge, installed and showed us how to use the machine and checked it worked well, took our old machine away all for approx $80. My husband & i are so happy with the whole experience and so happy with the meile washer – a very good investment., with back-up advice whenever you need it, also the lovely ladies at the meile centre served coffee, hot chocolate & cake for us and our 3 boys – just delightful!
good luck. gia

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Kate February 14, 2016 - 12:15 AM

On my laundry bench, I use 5 old stacking baskets, plus a large basket for household items (e.g. tea towels, bath towels etc) works well. Although my kids still whinge and moan and it takes me tonnes of nagging for them to take their basket, fold and put clothes away.

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Julie February 14, 2016 - 11:29 AM

I had an issue with the rubber seal on my expensive front loader. It ended up with a tear which meant it leaked when it was used as the tear was at the bottom of the round door. Called repairer and they said it was my fault as I must have taken something with a zip out and it ripped the seal. They said I need to zip up all clothes before washing and it was my fault therefore not covered by warranty – never heard of that before. After some debate he ended up fixing it under warranty though. Ps I’d get one with a delay start too.

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Lanette Crewes February 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM

I take the clothes of the line with the baskets for each child then I put the basket in their room for them to do.

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Jennie February 15, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Hi Katrina
I have 3 bedwetters that wet almost every night (even with pull ups on). Do you have any suggestions for managing our enormous washing load which includes several loads of sheets, mattress and sheet protectors and blankets every day? I find just trying to keep on top of that means a lot of baskets of clothes lying around waiting to be folded. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 7:51 AM

Hi Jennie, back in my day… LOL, only 9 or so years ago, I went to spotlight and purchased some plastic, they had them as rolls with tableclothes. I got one with a fabric backing so it wasn’t too plastic like when laid on. I put the plastic over the top sheet of the bed, then a large beach towel over the top. I found my bed wetters didn’t wet the top sheet, just the bottom, so instead I would just wash the towel, disinfect and dry the plastic. But now… there are many great products that do just the same, like this one: http://bit.ly/1oEM13h which is probably alot softer to lie on.

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Mali February 17, 2016 - 4:53 PM

Love the tip on sorting dirty washing. Currently, I have one big basket and always hide my handwashing so hubby doesn’t throw into the wash!

I too always use the delay setting, so it either comes on early morning or late afternoon as I’m not a fan of wet washing sitting in the machine for hours

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 7:52 AM

LOL, that made me laugh Mali, hiding washing from your hubby, I get it though, I had some clothes soaking in a bucket in the tub, my lovely hubby was helpful last night and put a load of washing on for me, but he missed the items in the tub, he said they were hiding LOL.

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Mel February 28, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Hi Kat,
I love those baskets! When I am on top of my washing I have a great system that works well. We always have 4 to wash for and occasionally 5 with my step daughter. When I wash, I assign one side of the clothes line to each person. That way when I take it off, I take each person’s off and fold it. I even take it off in a particular order (my husbands, mine, son, daughter and step daughter), so that as I walk back through the house it goes straight into their rooms as I walk past with our room being last. I also remove the clothes in categories (pjs, shirts, tshirts, daycare clothes etc.) so that there are piles ready for each drawer. When my stepdaughter is with us, her clothes share a side with whoever has the least amount. I have 2 small children and a large machine which means it takes a while and I don’t always get to put away before someone needs something But at the very least they are already sorted and folded and easy to find in the basket. If dear hubby is the one to do the hanging, it is not categorised but I just do so as I take it off the line. It means I am not double handling once inside.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 29, 2016 - 11:27 AM

sounds like a great system Mel, love it!

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Bria June 24, 2016 - 1:07 PM

I have a big 10kg top loader. I am a greenie so I reuse the rinse water from the previous load in the laundry sink, then siphon it back into the machine for the next load, topping up with some hot water.
I do whites, then colours then towels.
I do one big day a week, sometimes 2.
Usually when I’m doing other cleaning and cooking in between.
I prefer to get it all out of the way.
I also put away any fold only clothes /linen straight away, avoids double handling and then it’s not looking at me.
I leave ironing hanging for when I or hubby can be bothered…
My 4 and 7 yr old sometimes help me hang up undies and socks (they find it hilarious) and unpeg them too. My novelty factor wore off some years ago 😉

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Yen June 24, 2016 - 6:12 PM

A little off topic but in relation to the carpet offcuts. When we re- carpeted our house we got some of the carpet offcuts made into rugs for some of the heavy wear areas – near our front and back doors, down along the kitchen and the hallway. It helps with the wear and tear on those areas and if the rugs get too dirty we can easily wash and dry them without having to worry about how we get around those areas.

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Deb June 25, 2016 - 8:55 PM

I’ve started using the dot system – one dot on the eldest’s clothes, 2 on the next and so on (I have 4) – great from helping my husband and babysitters know whose clothes belong to who! And helping the kids know which school uniform items are theirs.
When they outgrow something, add a dot and pass it down!

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Jacqui July 10, 2016 - 9:41 PM

I love my front loader. I have a Fisher and Paykel Wash smart. It is a smart machine. It has a quick 15 minute wash for just those things that might need a freshen up, a 30 min wash and the everyday wash which is just under an hour. It tells you when to clean your drum (after 100 washes) and also has an add garment function which finally allows you to add that lost sock to the machine, which you never use to be able to do in a front loader.
I have got a bit of mould in the old machine, and have had some of the black scunge buildup under the seal of the door in the new one. This is just laziness on my part as I haven’t been wiping it out as often as I should.

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Kylie August 10, 2016 - 10:16 AM

I just read this post! Just in case you haven’t yet bought a new machine, I thought I’d share my thoughts. I had a Simpson top loader that lasted 13 years and I knew I wanted another machine that would last. I’ve seen my sister & Mum go through a number of machines over the years or have to keep getting repairs. After lots of research, hubby & I decided on a Mielle (the ones made in Germany are better quality) front loader. You can stack the Mielle dryer on top, but we haven’t purchased one yet as we don’t use our old dryer a lot and it’s still going after 10 years. Anyway, I’m reassured that my Mielle washer shouldn’t need to be replaced until after my kids are grown up (my youngest is 5) because there’s not much that more frustrating than being a busy Mum whose washing machine has broken down. 4 years on and I’ve had no issues with mould. I wipe out the door seals on a weekly basis and give the machine the recommended cleaning wash cycle as hubby’s clothes get dirty and I do enough washing a week to require the cleaning cycle. I love that the machine heats it’s own water so I’m not using our precious solar hot water to wash grubby clothes.
I still use a very similar wash routine that I implemented a few years ago after discovering your blog – it still works! But yes, as the kids get older, they help with sorting, folding and putting away, even miss 5 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 11, 2016 - 10:54 AM

that’s great to know Kylie, I haven’t got one yet the repairs on our current machine were only a few dollars so it can see me through for a few more months, but a new one is on my wish list. Thank you I love your feedback it’s good to know what is working for others!

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Zoe August 10, 2016 - 10:39 AM

Your laundry looks amazing. Mine is about 1.2mx1.7m with doors on either side of it, so just room for a front load washing machine beside the washtub with a dryer hanging on the wall above. We have the two machines spaced apart so that I can keep washing powder/bucket etc on top of the washing machine. I keep washing baskets in the lounge room as there is no space for them in the laundry. I used to have a small Bosch washing FL. Loved it, but had to do 2-3 loads of washing per day, as it was too small to fit even one set of QB sheets on their own. I now have an LG 10kg and love it purely because of the size of it. I now only have to do one wash every day or two to keep up. My routine would give you the horrors. When the tall laundry hamper in the bathroom is full to the top I dump everything in to the machine together and wash. Hang them out in the morning and bring them in in the afternoon. I then sort them in to 6 baskets, (one for each person and one for linen) after the kids are in bed (they are 4, 2 and 5mths). The next morning I fold the clothes/linen straight in to cupboards to avoid Miss 2 ‘helping’ and mixing up folded washing and leaving it all over the house as much as possible. The two oldest kids help me put their washing away. At the moment my husband and I often live out of our washing baskets as the only time I of trying to put our washing away seems to be when the baby is asleep in our room. Meanwhile I will dream of the day when I have a laundry big enough to sort washing again and hang/sort/fold in the one room instead of having to dedicate part of the lounge room to laundry overflow.?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 11, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Zoe no horrors LOL, what works for you is the most important. LOL Miss 2 I can imagine the help she would be!!

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Zee October 14, 2016 - 9:25 PM

I love reading about how you manage a busy household. You give out amazing tips and I just want to say thank you for that.
I have looked into get a FL machine for myself as my 8kg Simpson machine decided to give up after 12 years. Now in the process of saving up for a new machine and looking around and reading about lots of other TL and FL washers, I have borrowed a non-agitator machine from my MIL. I will never ever go back to another agitator machine again. I dont think ill even go to a Front loader, I hate the idea of having to bend down or crouch down to retrieve my clothing from the back of the drum. I know it sounds lazy, but with a previous back injury, I dont want to aggravate it anymore. Plus im not getting any younger and I plans for my new washer to last over 10 years.
I hope you have the right machine for you and your family.

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Jane January 23, 2017 - 6:07 PM

I wash everyday also. I sort clothes into light, coloured & dark loads. Sometimes I do a night load….ready for the morning. I hang the washing outside, then usually retrieve towels first, fold inside…then fold the rest as I unpeg it from the line, leaving the kids washing on the end of their beds for them to put away. I fold as much as I can these days, to reduce ironing. I have a top loader and have been reading all comments with keen interest.

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Grace January 24, 2017 - 7:18 AM

I have had a similar system & it works a treat. We are also a household of five – I wash every second day – I too wash at night & I also hang the washing at night. The next day I take the washing off the line before I pick the kids up or if it is a work day the kids take it off the line. My three kids each have weekly household jobs & each week one of the kids sorts through the washing & places the washing into four baskets. Then each child puts their clothes away & baskets are returned. I iron anything – I am now teaching child one he is 11 & child two 8.
Each bedroom has a wash basket & the three kids are responsible to ensure their dirty clothes are brought out on wash nights, whatever doesn’t come out doesn’t get washed.

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Kathy Doull January 14, 2019 - 10:57 AM

We had a front loader for about 4 years The clothes weren’t coming out that clean and didn’t smell clean. we also have “hard” water in the Pilbara. Then we realised the seal inside the door was mouldy erk
Tried cleaning with toothbrush etc. didn’t move much. We decided to buy a top loader ( on special ) A Simpson which has a 20 min and 45 min setting plus the usual settings. Happy with it so far I will have another go at front loader For now we put it in sun

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Ooh its something you dont really think of checking until something like that happens hey! I love those quick settings, I’m a shorty and have to stick with a front loader LOL 🙂

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Jacqui April 26, 2020 - 1:14 PM

I used to have mould issues with the rim of my old front loaders, even if I kept the door open after each wash. I switched to an Asko which cleverly seals from the outside and automatically pops the door open at the end of each cycle. I love it and my faith has been restored in front loader washing.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 28, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Ooo that sounds great! Thanks for sharing Jacqui 🙂

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