Hi, I am Leah from Simple.Home.Blessings. and I am one of the new amazing contributors here at Ask Anna. And no, I am not the aforementioned genius, but I do have a genius tip for you today, one that will hopefully make laundry time a lot easier. I write about all sorts of things related to homemaking over on my blog. I am all about attempting to solve the problems of everyday life around the home with simple tips. Sometimes the homemaking is more difficult with little ones running around underfoot, causing us to have to think on our toes to stay sane. So, Anna has asked me to write about keeping home with kids. Today’s tip is not necessarily kid specific, but will work for kids and their clothes. Let’s get to it!
Laundry. Laundry. Laundry! It is the bane of many a homemaker’s existence and only gets worse with each child you add to the household. And I hear it all the time (and think to myself most days): “I don’t mind doing the laundry, it is the putting away that I don’t want to do!” I hear ya, sisters!
So I have a simple tip to teach you how to hang clothes and make putting away your laundry a breeze. You could even teach your children to do it and encourage them race to see who can get their laundry hung the fastest. It really is that simple!
I learned this trick a long time ago when I worked at a retail store notorious for delivering product to the sales floor thirty minutes before shift change and expecting the staff to have it put away before they left for the day. The girl who trained me taught me this trick and I don’t know where she learned it, but it is GENIUS (thanks Jackie, where ever you are)!
Here is what you do:
Take your shirts (polo, t-shirt, dress, etc.) and put your arm through the neck of the shirt and extend your hand down to the bottom of the shirt (like you are threading a needle, and your arm is the needle). Repeat until you have an armload of shirts. Take your hanger (helps to have all hangers facing the same way) in the free arm/hand and place the top of the hanger (the loop part) into the hand of the arm with all the shirts on it. Pull the first shirt over the hanger all the way to the neck of the shirt.
If you have a sleeveless top, you will want to thread it over your arm through the arm holes (like you are carrying a purse), and then take the side of the hanger and pull it through the arm holes, pulling one shoulder over the loop of the hanger. Just make sure you follow my mom’s advice and “hold your mouth right.”
I know we all have different learning styles, so I made a video for the visual learners!
Don’t you just love this simple tip? Happy laundry days with clothes hung in the closet instead of crumpled in the laundry basket sound good to me!