CLEANING SCHEDULE JUST FOR LAUNDRY

Is your housecleaning schedule overwhelming? Do you find yourself blowing it off because you don't have time to do all of the things on your list? Many housework schedules that you'll find online are very overwhelming because they include everything from dusting underneath the fridge to wiping off all of the light bulbs in your house. Realistically, most people are struggling to keep their dishes clean and clothes washed!

Dishes are dishes and there aren't many ways to make it easier except to clean as you go or rinse and place in the dishwasher. Laundry is a different story. People all over the house are changing clothes several times a day. Laundry can pile up so fast that you end up with at least a load to do, every day of the week. When your life gets busy, you don't have time to put them away, much less keep them organized.

If you think about it, there are several things that have to happen for laundry to stay organized. If you throw in a wash before work, dry it when you get home, and put it away before bed, you should never have a problem, right? Well, this is a common misconception. What about keeping track of what doesn't fit anymore. Things go out of style or get damaged. Children outgrow some things that just need to be trashed, some that you can sell, some that can be handed down, and some that could be donated to a charitable organization.

Coming up with a system to manage all of these things can save you a lot of wasted Saturdays! I keep a basket in each closet and three by the washer and dryer for keeping things like this organized. When they fill up, they get passed down, sold, or given away.

Another huge culprit in clothing becoming a problem is the changing of the seasons. When summer is approaching, you start pulling out all of your warm weather wear. However, you still need sleeves and long pants on most nights. This slowly becomes the nightmare that makes complete closet overhaul a necessity.

If you turn all of your clothes hangers around in the closet so that they're facing backwards on the bar, you will see at the end of each season what you did not wear. Take these items and stash them in your give-away basket and replace them, one at a time, with part of your summer wardrobe. This will give you a few warm things to wear and keep you from having to store winter items that you'll never use again. Place a divider in your storage containers so that you can move your heaviest winter clothes out while slowly retrieving the summer clothes as needed.

About the Author: Jo Granville is on the staff of Only Hangers, a leading online retailer of luxury clothing hangers.