Have you realized that there have been too many times where you have reached for your favorite shirt and it's not in your closet? Maybe the kids are always frustrated because their socks aren't in their drawers when they need them. If you have decided that it's time to work on a clothes cleaning and organizing plan, your family will probably be very grateful for that.
If you're looking for ideas on a clothes cleaning and organizing plan, from arranging for dry cleaning pickup services to calendaring your laundry days, here are some ideas that might help you.
Arrange For Dry Cleaning Pickup Services
First of all, consider having a special hamper in your laundry room that is only for those items that need to be professionally dry cleaned. In fact, it might even be helpful for you to make a clever sign to put on the hamper. It could say something like, Don't Wash Me—Just Dry Clean Me. Then have other hampers for those items that can be washed. A third hamper would be reserved for items that need to be hand-washed.
The next step is to arrange for dry cleaning pickup services for clothes that need to be professionally dry cleaned. You'll probably be told that you don't even need to be home when the pickup occurs. Instead, you will probably be given something like a large drawstring bag in which to place the clothes. Then place that bag in a predetermined place and the cleaner's pickup service will make sure to get the bag at the appointed time.
The cherry on top is that the clothes will also be delivered right to your house when they have been dry cleaned. Again, you won't have to be home for that to happen. Just let the dry cleaners know where to leave the clothes.
Calendar Your Laundry Days
Will you be doing the laundry for everybody in your family? If so, put out the word that a specific day will be the day that you'll need all the soiled clothing placed in the hampers in your laundry room. Make the rule that, if things aren't in the hamper, then those items will have to wait for the next wash day.
Maybe your kids are old enough to do their own laundry. If so, designate specific days for them to use the washer and dryer. Ask other members of the family to respect the days that somebody else is using the washer and dryer.