To get in and get out as quickly as possible, turn your laundry room into a super-efficient laundry battle zone. All it takes is a little bit of organization.
First, put things you need within easy reach. Place soaps and detergents in convenient, easy-to-reach places near where they're used. Keep a sewing kit with needles, thread, and extra buttons nearby for quick repairs.
Second, be prepared. For example, if you use vinegar to soak away coffee stains, then keep some in the laundry room rather than in the kitchen. Post a cheat sheet with instructions for common tasks you can't seem to remember without looking up, like how much bleach to add to a full load of whites or how much detergent you need for soaking stains.
Stay organized. Set or hang small baskets near the washer and dryer as a place to put odds and ends -- a mismatched sock, a shirt that needs a new button, loose change. They can act as a quick place to toss random finds that doesn't require leaving the room when you're mid-laundry.
Lastly, don't overcrowd your laundry room with non-laundry-related things. Keep it simple to help keep laundry a quick and painless task.
For more ways to de-stress your laundry routine, take a look at the links below.
- Gordon, Whitson. "How to Speed Up Laundry, the World's Most Boring Chore." Lifehacker, March 13, 2012. (April 10, 2012). http://lifehacker.com/5893037/how-to-speed-up-laundry-the-worlds-most-boring-chore
- Heloise. "How to Sort Laundry." Good Housekeeping. (April 25, 2012). http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/heloise/sort-laundry-mar05
- Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. "Pioneering Journeys of the Ingalls Family." (April 19, 2012). http://hoover.archives.gov/LIW/pioneering/pioneering_pepin-chores.html
- Home Made Simple. "Organizing Tips for Laundry Day." June 1, 2011. (April 10, 2012). http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/homeorganization/pages/organizing-tips-to-save-time-on-laundry-day.aspx
- Jio, Sarah. "The When-to-Wash-It Handbook." Real Simple. (April 18, 2012). http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/laundry/when-to-wash-it-handbook-00000000035143/index.html
- Mendelson, Cheryl. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Housekeeping.Scribner.1999
HowStuffWorks gives advice on how to unshrink clothes.