Laundry Tips for Busy Moms (Plus Home Ec 101 Book Review & #Giveaway)

I met Heather Solos at Blissdom last year, then had the chance to chat with her again at Blissdom this year. She is an absolute delight so when I was asked to review her new book, Home Ec 101, I jumped at the chance. Besides, if anyone can use help with housekeeping skills, it would be me. They leave quite a bit to be desired, to say the least.

Part of it is that I’m at a loss for what to do sometimes. Part of it is super busy lives that don’t lend well a clean home. Home Ec 101 addresses both of these issues. Heather approaches cooking, cleaning and more with a practical approach with tips for the novice housekeeper and skills for the already tidy. The chapter on flexible scheduling may be just what I need to finally get our family on track.

We’ve been making progress with decluttering & organization, but the day to day cleaning doesn’t always get done. It seems like we’re always a step behind. I have dreams of a clean kitchen, tidy living room and spotless bathrooms, but my reality is piles of dishes, a floor littered with toys and bubble baths that aren’t as relaxing as they would be if the area around me sparkled.

Heather includes step by step instructions for tackling each room in the house. She makes it sound so easy, and I’m tackling them one at a time. The first thing I’m getting a handle on is our laundry—it’s always a mess during seasonal changes because we abandon dirty sweaters in favor of clean t-shirts. And, before you know, I have a mountain of laundry begging for my attention.

Here are a few of my favorite laundry tricks for lazy busy moms like me.

  • I don’t fold underwear—Heather mentioned this one, as well. No one will ever notice, and you’ll shave precious minutes from laundry time.
  • I don’t match the girls’ socks—they never wear matched socks anyway so why bother! It saves a ton of time as I only have to sort by size and toss the socks into the right kid’s drawer.
  • I do sort, but Stacia doesn’t. When her hamper gets full, she runs a quick load. (Bonus Tip: Teach your tweens & teens to do their own laundry!)
  • Sort laundry from the start—rather than filling a single hamper with everything, then needing to sort clothing before you can wash it, we have the laundry sorted in the hampers. A divided hamper helps us keep colors, whites & delicates separate so when I’m ready for a load of laundry, it’s already sorted.
  • Buy frequently used items in multiple colors—to prevent “emergency” laundry, I have items like sports bras, swimsuits & workout clothes that I’m likely to need at a specific time, in white, black and colors. This way, I can throw one in the wash, no matter what type of load I’m doing.

Home Ec 101 is full of tricks, tips & solutions for the rest of your household chores. From practical advice for getting it done to the secrets of cleaning you wish your mom told you, Heather covers it all with wit & style. After reading her website for years, I wouldn’t have expected anything less.

Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living – Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it is available on Amazon now, but you have the chance to win one of your own! Simply leave a comment here, and share your favorite housekeeping tip. You can earn additional entries by:

  • Subscribing to our site by email or RSS
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For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until April 26th at 11:59pm est. One winner will be notified by email on April 27th and receive a copy of Home Ec 101 from the publisher. Winner will have 48 hours to complete the claim form or a new winner will be chosen.


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Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at Inexpensively.com and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at JustHeather.com. justheather tagged this post with: , , Read 94 articles by
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  1. Melissa says:

    My favorite tip is to use a cleaning schedule. I just know that on Tuesdays I am mopping kitchen floor, Thursday the bathrooms, etc. I also agree..teach your kids to clean from a young age. It allows you to keep up better! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Mary Preston says:

    Tackles jobs while they are small & manageable. If you let things go, like the ironing for example, it becomes monumental.

  3. Kelly says:

    I also clean on a schedule, but do things like dishes and laundry everyday.

    blaskey1186 at yahoo dot com

  4. Mary Joy Argo says:

    I too have stopped folding underwear

  5. Soy Pea says:

    I do a quick deep cleaning clean every Thrusday. That way, all weekend company gets to see a spotless house. 🙂

  6. Soy Pea says:

    I’m following you on twitter.

  7. Soy Pea says:

    I’m subscribed

  8. What a cool book!

    Since mother’s day is coming up & I’m a first time mom, who is currently living with my own mom (due to pending divorce) I’d LOVE to win this for me & my mom to share, not to mention the fact that my mom’s mother was a home ec teacher 🙂
    Also my mom & I are currently attending school together for Culinary Arts & since we’re so busy with school & my daughter we need to learn some nifty time saving household tips!

    So here’s my nifty tip, via culinary school, for all of you red wine drinkers out there…
    If you spill red wine on carpet, or a shirt, couch etc…grab a towel & soak up as much of it as possible, then pour white wine over the red wine stain & soak up all of it. The white wine will cancel out the red wine stain!!

  9. subscribed to the home ec 101 mailing list!!

  10. following on twitter – @jesskitty777

  11. late1 says:

    My fave housekeeping tip is simple, and often overlooked. CLEAN UP AS SOON AS YOU FINISH MAKING A MESS! I know it’s hardly a secret, but nothing works quite as well!

  12. Patricia says:

    my favorite housekeeping tip is to use Coffee Filters
    use them to clean windows, mirrors, television screens and glasses. They’re lint free, so they won’t leave any residue behind when you’re done,You can put a few drops of fabric softener on a filter, rub sides together, and put in the dryer to help prevent static cling and make your clothes smell fresh when you are out of dryer sheets,Put baking soda into a coffee filter and put it into shoes or a closet to absorb and prevent nasty odors. You can even put potpourri into the filter, tie it up and put into your drawers
    just to name a few,i use them for other things too they can be kind of a life saver.
    patricia.pruitt.sc@gmail.com

  13. Patricia says:

    I’m Following Miscellaneous Mom on Twitter as @PLeahPruitt

  14. Patricia says:

    i tweeted about this giveaway to my followers on twitter
    http://twitter.com/#!/pleahpruitt/status/62373078516236289

  15. Patricia says:

    i Subscribed to the Home Ec 101 mailing list

  16. Jamie says:

    I think taking the few minutes to clean up after yourself makes all the difference. The clutter and mess doesn’t build up and is much more manageable!

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