How do you stay on top of your laundry?

Diane - posted on 03/09/2015 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi I'm so stressed out with staying on top of keeping our house straightened. Does anyone here know if there is any type of laundry pickup/delivery service that will just pickup a laundry bag and drop it back off, cleaned, and folded. Or does anyone have someone come to their house just to fold and maybe wipe a counter or two and run a vacuum (i.e. not an intense/traditional house cleaning)? (Paying someone to do laundry loads seems so expensive). Anyone have any info?

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Trisha - posted on 03/09/2015

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Unfortunately the teens close to me just WON't bite... :) I hope you have better luck than I do!

Sarah - posted on 03/09/2015

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Where do you live? I'd find a responsible teen. My 16 yo would do that type of work in a heartbeat.

Trisha - posted on 03/09/2015

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My husband bought me a roomba. It was pricy, (between $550-$750) but SO worth it. We are currently trying to find someone to come in to clean our house once a week ourselves, but not having ANY luck. It costs between 20-35 an hr to get anyone in the house, and the cleaners here won't come after 4 PM.

Laundry: I just rotate the laundry from washer to dryer after work each night, and fold the wrinkleables, and leave the rest for when I am sitting down for television at the end of the night.

There is a laundromat down the street from us that will wash/dry/fold laundry. I don't think it will take too much for you to find a place like this. One thing I have done to cut down on the time it takes me to do laundry is get rid of everyone's socks and replace them with an easy to get brand/style. Example: Husband has one style, Stepson has another style. I have another style. I do NOT have to worry about matching them, because as long as they are a certain color/style I know WHO the belong to, and otherwise there are no other options. I have 10 pairs of one style of sock, 10 pairs of another, and my own. This also saves money in the long one, because if I have a lost sock, I don't have to garbage the match, because it matches all the rest.

I have a teenager at home and his responsibility is dishes, so that greatly helps.

I am running short on time lately with the side-business taking off, so this week I am trying something new. In order to cut down on the amount of time I spend on making dinner I made a meal plan and pre-prepped (cut everything up ready for each individual meal) everything I could for the weekly meals on Friday night (which is the day after we go grocery shopping). So well, it has worked awesome. Leaves less dishes, and takes less time for me to cook dinner. We use a LOT of onion though, so the entire fridge smells disgusting. lol.

ANYWAYS...HIGHLY suggest the roomba. It runs at a set time each day, and will do a complete sweep/vacuum of all the floor surfaces it has access to. It even has sensors on it, so it won't fall down the stairs. We will be getting the floor mopping version of it in the near future I am sure.

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Ledia - posted on 03/11/2015

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Most of the dry cleaners in my area offer a service like that for laundry. They pick up all of your laundry, you have to bag regular laundry and dry cleaning in separate bags (they provided our bags, but I've heard some require you to provide the bags). You can drop them off and pick them up yourself, or for an extra fee they will pick up and deliver on set days. They have routes for pick up/delivery--sort of like the trash pick up--so you don't really get to pick your days, but there is usually some flexibility. I used this service when my son was younger, but once he started school and was old enough to help fold his own stuff, I cancelled it. It wasn't that expensive, but it wasn't saving me that much time anymore--I've only got one kid, and he folds his own now, and hubby can drop his suits off on his way into work most mornings, so it's mostly just my own laundry now.

I've always had a cleaning service come in once a week to do what I call the "real cleaning." They do a deep vacuum--meaning they get under the furniture and run that tube thing along the edges, which I never do--they dust and polish the wood, wash the inside windows, and disinfect the bathrooms and kitchen. I still have to deal with the clutter. If there is a lot of stuff on the floor or counters they will not clean it. Part of the way they determine your cost is how much stuff you have sitting on your counters--it takes a lot longer to dust a table filled with nicnaks than a bare one, so they charge for that. That's not very pricey either. It only gets pricey if you are paying for the more day to day stuff, like loading the dishwasher, making the beds, picking up toys, etc. They offer that stuff, but I never paid for it.

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2015

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Once and a while things really seem to fall behind for me. Perhaps too much time on CoMs! When that happens I try to go through the house a do a quick pick up. Then one room at a time do a deep clean, under the beds, dust the blinds, etc. When I can break it up a bit I feel less overwhelmed by the enormity of the whole house.

Raye - posted on 03/10/2015

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What I usually do is put a load in to wash in the morning. I go home for lunch, put those in the dryer, start a new wash load, go back to work, come home, take out the dry clothes, put in the wet to dry. Later that night when my husband is reading the kids a bedtime story, I sort, fold/hang and pass the baskets off to the kids and husband to put away their own stuff. There is a Laundromat nearby where I live that will wash/dry/fold and have them ready to be picked up. But, I don't know how much that costs.

We had someone in to clean once every other week, but they got a different job, and we haven't found anybody new. So the house is kind of a disaster. The kids come home and it's like an explosion of coats, book bags, shoes, socks, clothes, papers, etc. all over the place. I try to keep it straightened up some because the dog will chew on things if left out (she loves their stinky socks!). But if they lose something it serves them right for leaving it out. It's a losing battle, since my husband doesn't really make his kids pick up much after themselves (only making them take dishes back to the kitchen) so I just deal with a little bit of a messy house and try not to stress out about it too much.

Jodi - posted on 03/10/2015

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Hehehe, I have older children :P Both adept at doing laundry. This too shall pass.....just start teaching them to help at a young age. My daughter was folding laundry competently by the time she was 5.

Gena - posted on 03/10/2015

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I have a great cleaning ritual. Every morning i go over everything with a damp cloth and then vacuum clean. Put the dishes aways and wipe over the sinks. Once a week i do a big clean. So i always have the place nice and it never gets to messy. My mom did the ironing for a neighbor we once had. That lady had her own hairdressing saloon,so the deal was my mom would iron for her and write down the time she used to get it done. In return my mom could get that amount for going to get her hair done. The woman was unfair and in the end she showed my mom that she still had alot of hours to do to be quit with the hair cuts etc. She quit ironing ofcourse. So just be careful if you let yourself in for any deals..even if you are the one that needs somebody to do the ironing.

Sarah - posted on 03/09/2015

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If you belong to a church, ask to post a listing in the weekly bulletin. You can also inquire at your local high school, if they have a job board. Reach out to your neighbors and family for referrals. I try to avoid "employing" friends and family just because thing can get sticky if you are unhappy with the work.

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