7 Tips for Making Laundry Easy & Fun

7 Tips for Making Laundry Time Easy and Fun Laundry is seriously one of the worst chores. It seems like by the time you’ve gotten all of the dirty clothes washed, dried, folded, and put away, there are five new loads to get started on! It is never-ending. But that’s why it’s important to make laundry an entertaining chore, so that you don’t hate yourself every time you step into your laundry room. If you want to crawl into a hole each time you see an article of dirty clothing, check out these 100% guaranteed-to-work tips for making laundry time easy and fun.

1. Blast music at volume level 57

Although, if you live in an apartment or townhouse like I do, and are in close quarters with your neighbors, I would suggest moving it down to maybe…32 or so. Just loud enough so that anyone who can hear the music, can’t also hear you singing loudly (and if you’re anything like me, very, very badly). Playing music, dancing, and singing can make any chore go by in .2 seconds, so this is a must for laundry time.

2. Color-code your laundry baskets

Sorting your clothes at laundry time is a pain in the butt and makes your laundry room an absolute mess. Save yourself the hassle and keep two separate laundry baskets in your room–one for whites/lights and one for darks/colors. Problem solved! Now, you take one basket at a time to the laundry room, dump it right into the washer, and viola! you’ve just completed the wash step in lit’rally 45 seconds tops. Now you can go sit on your butt for thirty minutes until the next step. Yes, I know, I’m a genius. You can thank me later. (We still have 5 more tips to go!)

3. Set an alarm for laundry time

Better yet, set your ringtone for that alarm to “Happy” by Pharrell, because that song can do no wrong. Schedule out time for laundry each week (for me, Sundays are my laundry days!), set a happy alarm so that you can’t forget about it, and get pumped up to wash some clothes!

4. Try the one-minute rule

What is the one-minute rule, you ask? Well, my friend, prepare to have your mind blown. Whenever you’re getting dressed in the mornings or throwing your clothes around your room as you prepare to hop into the shower, just think about how much time it would actually take you to put those clothes into their designated hampers. I’m guessing it would be about 15 seconds. That’s less than one minute. The one-minute rule states that anything that you can do under one minute, you need to do right then, rather than putting it off. Because if you put off twenty things that you could have done immediately in less than a minute, you’ll end up wasting twenty minutes of your time later when you’re picking up after yourself. Don’t waste twenty minutes of future you’s time. Put your clothes in the hamper right after you take them off, instead of scattered all over your floor.

5. Use detergent pods

I am a klutz. I am clumsy and I drop things and I spill things and I break things. No matter how careful I am, these things just happen. If you’re anything like me, I do not recommend trying to carry twelve bags of groceries at once, including a bottle of liquid detergent, because you will drop said detergent and it will explode everywhere. So, if you are anything like me, there are all free clear pods. Small, easy-to-use and impossible-to-spill packages of detergent that you can toss right in with your clothes. Perfection. Organized Laundry Room

6. Wear clothing more than once

Obviously you need to toss your underwear into the laundry after one day. But there are some articles of clothing that can get worn two or three times without needing a wash. Jeans, for example, don’t need to be washed after every wear. (In fact, Levi’s CEO hasn’t washed his jeans in over a year! I don’t recommend going that far, but at least there’s a credible source telling you that you shouldn’t wash jeans after every wear.) And do you remember that shirt that you wore for about two hours at the bar last weekend? There are still several hours left of wear in that shirt before it needs to go into the wash cycle (DISCLAIMER: If you were in a smoky bar for two hours, put that shirt in the wash NOW.)

7. Turn folding clothes into binge-watching hour

Gather all of your newly-cleaned clothes together, sit them in front of the TV with you, and turn folding time into your favorite Netflix show marathon time. If you don’t get much time to watch TV anyways, this will be an especially nice treat, causing you to enjoy laundry time even more! If you do watch Netflix regularly, then you need to reevaluate your life choices. (Kidding! I’m watching Parks & Rec for the second time as I write this.)

Bonus tip!

Having a little puppy around always makes laundry everything more fun! Brown Puppy Dog in Laundry Basket With Towels   The all free clear line, which also includes laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets, helps simplify your laundry regimen and take care of any sensitive skin worries so you and your family are free to be! Free from the irritants and allergens that get in the way of living life. Photos by Ciera Holzenthal.

Chloe is a blogger and social media manager who creates content meant to help bloggers and small business owners learn how to DIY their own social media marketing.

A Beautiful Holiday Mess & Clean Up

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Gold Glitter, Ribbon, Bows and Craft Supplies

Who else seems to have a house covered in glitter, Christmas tree needles, tinsel and confetti after the holidays?? Then throw in some DIY, whew, so pretty, but so messy! We got our tree up last week and finished decorating it yesterday. I decided I wanted to get my craft on and make my own tags from a bunch of craft supplies that have been laying around. I busted out hole punches, glue, string, glitter and all kinds of stuff!

Christmas Wrapping Items Under the Tree

I love DIYs and crafting but then when it comes time to clean that epic mess… womp, wooomp. It’s usually such a pain, but this time it wasn’t bad at all with some help from my new Eureka vacuum! This thing is a vacuuming master. I have a feeling that all of my crafty friends are going to want one of these bad boys! Quick, add it to your Christmas wish list!

Vacuuming up Gold Glitter

Clean up from decorating the tree and wrapping presents was super quick and painless which means more time spent to appreciate our pretty tree!

DIY Tags and Presents Under Christmas Tree

So this Eureka is known for it’s SuctionSeal (plates that raise and lower against the surface maintaining suction and seal without scattering debris). It also uses Air Speed technology (a wide tube of air with minimal bends and twists that allows air to move freely across a shorter and more direct path). It’s originally priced at $148.88 but is currently on Rollback for $129 at Walmart (where I got mine)! It’s all the way on the right in the photo below! Learn more and check it out in action!

Vacuum Aisle at Walmart

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Moodboard: Rose Gold

I’m so excited to show y’all this moodboard I designed inspired by Brian Gavin Diamonds’s new Rose Gold Collection. The collection is so romantic and soft I wanted the moodboard to express the same feelings. I am adoring this color combo so much, I feel like I need to throw a party using it! Hmmm, wedding colors?

Rose Gold Inspired Moodboard

Diamond / Sequins / Glitter / Champagne / Make It Count / Girl In Hat

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Hammitt Handbags Giveaway

Hammitt Los Angeles Designer Handbags

I’m so excited to be able to share this giveaway with y’all today! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Hammitt is an American maker of designer handbags. Every Hammitt bag is made by hand in Los Angeles, California by skilled artisans with years of experience working with some of the biggest handbag names in the world of fashion. Skilled leather artisans curate every detail, from suede lining and polished rivets, to discreet cell-phone pockets and smart reversible straps. Hammitt embodies youthfulness, self-confidence, and effortless style. Every made-to-order piece is a timeless staple with each bag becoming a personal reflection of its individual collector.

Now for the fun part! I’ve teamed up with Hammit Handbags to help spread the word about an amazing giveaway. You can enter for a chance to win a limited edition handbag by Hammitt worth $760, courtesy of Stearns & Foster (shown above). One lucky winner will also receive their very own hand-stitched Stearns & Foster Lux Estate mattress. Hammitt has created this exclusive bag for Stearns & Foster, one which embodies their values of American-made, timeless styling, superior craftsmanship and the world’s finest materials. Called, “The Lockland” after the birthplace of Stearns & Foster, the bag is a highly versatile, go-anywhere, carryall satchel handcrafted in a timeless silhouette with Hammitt signature rivets and rough-edge. Stearns & Foster is giving away 20 of these bags through their Facebook page, so go check it out!

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Just Dance

Just Dance 2015

My sister and I hardly ever played video games growing up. I guess as girls we always had other priorities when writing out our Christmas lists. We’d only play on occasion at our cousin’s house, I think it was the original Nintendo. One year for Christmas we got Game Boys, but still really only played those on road trips. I think our dad used them more than we did! But ever since the more interactive games started coming out with Wii and PlayStation, I have been dying to play JustDance, and now, 5 years after the first release, since Zander already has a PlayStation, I finally broke down and bought the PlayStation Camera and got Just Dance 2015!

Jasmine Playing Just Dance 2015

My sis was just home visiting so I made her play with me after I got it all set up. It is SO fun! And quite the workout, it’s like exercise in disguise. It’s the perfect game to get your family or friends up and moving. With a fresh tracklist of more than 40 of the hottest hits and throwback tunes, there’s something for everyone! Players can dance along to hit songs like “Maps” by Maroon 5  and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, or classic favorites like “Walk This Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith. So far my favorite song to dance to is “Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, but I have plenty more to go!

Ciera Playing Just Dance 2015

Ok, so the dancing is a blast, but the funniest part is once you finish the song, it plays it back for you to watch – it’s hilarious! There is also a karaoke feature and you can get extra points for singing along. I’m definitely going to be playing a lot, even if it’s just home alone. I need to take some dance party breaks from work right?!

Playing Just Dance 2015

Something else really great is that Just Dance 2015 and Stomp Out Bullying have partnered to bring awareness to National Bullying Prevention Month by showing people everywhere that “it’s okay to dance to your own beat!”

Find everything you need to play on Amazon: Just Dance 2015 | PlayStation 4 or Wii | PlayStation 4 Camera

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Why Small Businesses and Bloggers Need Private Cloud Storage

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Today I want to tell you about why you should set up your own private cloud for your home office or creative business, but first a story.

My business has been going through quit a bit lately. Some good, some bad. Let’s get the bad out-of-the-way. I have been having some serious computer issues. I limped it along for months but finally had to send it off for repairs. As y’all know, my computer is a major part of how I make a living and it’s really not possible for me to get much done without it. Luckily I was able to borrow a computer but it still hasn’t been easy. I had to save all my files to a drive making sure I didn’t forget any fonts, graphics, working files, estimates, etc. Not fun.

Another challenge is that I’ve always worked from a laptop. I like the versatility but it’s not ideal as my only computer. I have been contemplating getting a desktop but I wasn’t sure how I’d work on both without constantly sending files back and forth.

Now the good! Something else going on behind the scenes right now is that I’m bringing on some part-time help in the design studio, exciting but scary! I’m so used to working alone. Everything is organized in my head but having employees means that everyone needs to be on the same page. So I’m working on some new processes and implementing some new technology. We all need access to the same files, otherwise things will get very confusing.

I wasn’t really sure how to achieve all of this seamlessness that I was after. Then with absolutely perfect timing WD, a Western Digital Company saved the day by providing me with a My Cloud EX2 to use and review… serious dream come true. This is what I was looking for and I didn’t even know it. Personal cloud storage! Basically, it is a physical hard drive connected to your Internet that you can access from anywhere. Totally ideal for small office and home office businesses.

 

Why I Love Private Cloud Storage

  • one-time cost – unlike many public cloud options, the My Cloud EX2 just has a one-time cost, purchase the drive and you’re done. You can also add as many users as you need!
  • easy setup – plug it in and go through the simple setup and you’re up and running with an intuitive interface
  • security – allows you to set up permissions-based folders so you can give an employee or family member limited access to access or upload files
  • peace of mind – knowing your data is backed up and secure with cloud storage for small businesses makes it easier to focus on other things to make your business successful
  • wireless back ups – the drive gets plugged into a power source and your internet during setup but never directly to your computer so your backups happen without you even thinking about it
  • file sharing – easily generate email links for files or folders. When a client clicks on the link they are given a zip of the files you selected. This allows you to send files that are too large for emailing.
  • anytime, anywhere access – with mobile and desktop apps you are not limited to what you can fit on your phone – if you download the app you can view all files from your drive at home. You can connect multiple computers and devices for seamless integration.
  • automatic transfer via camera - you can connect your camera directly to the My Cloud EX2 and it copies files automatically
  • storage space – photos from my blog take up a lot of space and I NEVER delete client projects. Luckily the My Cloud EX2 provides several capacity options, up to 8TB, to choose from.
  • speed – files load much faster to the EX2 than they do to a remote cloud.
  • working remotely – I want to be able to travel and I want employees to work from anywhere.My Cloud EX2 is such a huge benefit when working in multiple offices, computers or on the road.
  • streaming – stream videos and photos to connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles

If you have a small business, you really need to get one of these systems! I can’t believe I’m only now setting one up!

Many thanks to WD for letting me try the private cloud with the EX2. Thank you for supporting this blog by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content. All sponsored posts feature products or services that I truly feel would be of interest to you and all opinions are my own. The two photos of me are by Hannah Hudson Photography.