Easier Housework

Does anyone really love Housework?

Here you will find all sorts of easy ways or shortcuts to help ease the weekly routine. I'm sure Housework will never be completely enjoyable - but we can reduce some of the drudgery!


I certainly don't even like Housework

So with my shortcuts and your contributions we might all start to accept Housework.


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How to stop ironing

You can remove ironing from your life, and still live happily!

Around 2012 we moved and downsized our house. I kid you not, it was a full three years before I realised I didn’t have a clue if my iron was still in an unpacked box. Or had I sold it off in our garage sale prior to moving?

Yep, I eventually bought a new iron and some time later found I was the proud owner of two irons.

You will gather from the above, I rarely iron my clothes, and my friends would probably say it shows!

By following my instructions, you too can virtually throw away your iron.

You really can forget ironing!

If line drying clothes, I flick out each item and pull a few wrinkles out before pegging. Even when pegged, if required, I often smooth out some of the fabric.

For jeans and shirts, I pay attention making sure the bottoms aren’t scrunched up. I press my fingers hard along and around any creases near buttons or buttonholes.

Taking a little longer, I peg socks paired next to their mate, and all undies grouped together.

No need for ironing if you fold all clothes as you remove from the line

When I take the dry washing off the line, I unpeg the socks and tuck the pairs together. Then the undies, and these are all put into the bottom of the wash basket. Jeans and windcheaters go into the basket, followed by any t-shirts or shirts, all folded. (I will soon insert a folding guide here).

Takes a few minutes to do, but it is easier than tipping the basket of then crushed and crumpled items out later and then folding. This way you take the basket inside and everything is ready to put into drawers or hang into the wardrobe.

If I’m using a clothes dryer, I never just chuck everything in and say good luck!

Socks and jocks, yes, but jeans and shirts I flick out and fold. Especially if you will be home when the dryer stops its cycle. When it does stop, drag yourself away from the telly and immediately remove all items, folding every t-shirt or shirt, jeans etc. They can then be put straight into their drawers or onto clothes hangers, ready for their next wear.

If you are a suit and shirt person, of course the suit should be dry cleaned. But if you wash your own shirts, (and some better trousers) here is the best hint you will ever hear!

 Hot clothes dryer

Take your shirts and trousers out of the washing machine, flick and fold them carefully, then while still folded place into the clothes dryer. Your trousers in particular, fold down the front crease line.

Whether you have five or six items or one or two, I have myself convinced this is as  economical as turning on an iron. Set your clothes dryer to its hot cycle, and turn on for 30 minutes. Be sure to take everything out when the dryer stops, smooth them out and place immediately onto hangers while still warm.

After 30 minutes they might not be quite dry, so don’t hang them straight in the wardrobe, but find places to hang them around your room to be put in the wardrobe a few hours when dry.

There will always be the odd tablecloth (what’s that? I hear you say) or really good shirt that I admit will look just a bit better after ironing.

And sheets

Throw bed sheets into a dryer and they often just roll around and the centre is quite damp when removed from the dryer.

Best hint I was ever told about sheets in a dryer – fold them as if you are going to put them straight into the cupboard before throwing them into the dryer. Silly as it seems, they seem to dry quicker!

Be sure to use my no-iron suggestions. I’m always looking for better or quicker ways to get through the weekly chores, so let me know your washing and ironing secrets so I can pass them onto all my readers.

While you’re here why don’t you enjoy browsing through all areas of Happily Alone.

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My Tip for You

Here is a way to stop clothes clinging together when you take them out of the dryer.

This is caused by static electricity. You can purchase sprays or clothes dryer sheets to prevent it happening, but here is a really simple and inexpensive Tip for You.

Take a roll of aluminium foil and tear off about 30cm. Scrunch it up and throw it into the dryer with your next load of clothes. You should see a big change for the better when you remove the dry clothes. The scrunched up aluminium will probably now be a ball about the size of an egg. Don’t throw it away as you can keep reusing it. Every time you remove a load of washing, when you locate the aluminium ball, just toss it back into the dryer and it is ready for the next time.

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