Laundry hacks for ADHD: Getting your home under control
If you have ADHD, doing laundry can be a real challenge. But there are some simple laundry hacks for ADHD-ers that can help make your life a little easier.
Laundry is already difficult just by being a never-ending chore, but when it comes to having ADHD, laundry can become an insurmountable task. Hack your laundry routine by trying out these tips and tricks – you won’t be disappointed!
You’ll also be glad to know that none of these fancy laundry hacks for ADHD include having a schedule or consistency in general. Not to say that you shouldn’t regularly do your laundry, just that it’s not important for these hacks to work.
So if you’re looking for ways to make doing laundry a little easier, check out these tips and tricks. You’ll be glad you did!
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Tip #1: Use more laundry baskets
One of the best ways to make doing laundry easier if you have ADHD is to use more laundry baskets. This way, you can keep track of dirty clothes and avoid losing them in the depths of your bedroom or closet… Or lose sight of your entire floor(it’s okay, this is a safe space for everyone, I ain’t calling anybody out, and I myself have lost my own floor a few times over the years)
Having a basket for each room in your house can be helpful. Preferably, you’ll want the baskets to be near the entrance of each room, so that you don’t have to search for it, and if you don’t live alone(kids, partners, etc) you can quickly get the basket without much of an interruption if needed(work schedules can be a bitch!)
It’s a simple matter of line of sight
When it’s time to do laundry, you can just grab the baskets and empty them into the machine. No more searching for that one sock that seems to have disappeared, or rushing through your entire home to pick up ALL OF THE THINGS scattered everywhere.
All you need to implement is the idea that dirty laundry = laundry basket, and that should come easily since the baskets are near entrances, therefore always in view.
Tip #2: Keep the laundry soap next to the machine
Another laundry hack for ADHD that can help is to keep the laundry soap next to the machine. This way, you won’t have to go searching for it every time you need to do a load of laundry. Such a simple ADHD hack, and yet, I hadn’t thought of it until my late 20s.
You can either keep the soap in a container next to the machine, or, if you want to be fancy, you can buy a laundry soap dispenser that attaches to the machine itself. Either way, having the soap right there will not only save you time and energy, it will also save you the “urgh, why am I like this” we all think when we have to go back for something we should have brought with us.
Tip #3: Don’t separate colors
One of the biggest myths about doing laundry is that you need to separate colors. But the truth is, most modern washing machines can handle mixed loads just fine. So if you have ADHD and separating clothes is proving to be a challenge, don’t sweat it. Just throw everything in together and let the machine do its thing.
Of course, you may still want to separate colors on the first wash. But after that, you can just put everything in together. It’ll save you time and hassle in the long run.
Tip #4: Do you really need white clothes, anyway?
Another tip that can make doing laundry easier for people with ADHD is to get rid of white clothes. Yes, I know, they look nice and crisp and clean. But the truth is, they’re a PITA to keep clean. They get dirty and stained easily, and they’re just not worth the hassle.
I would know, my high school uniform was “white shirts, black pants” and after the first week of school, no shirt was left unstained. Between the food and the outdoors and the signature carelessness of being a teenager, expecting any other outcome would be foolish!
You’re looking up laundry hacks for ADHD; need i say more?
Not to be an ass or anything, but if you’re looking up these hacks, you kind of… already lost that fight. Besides, white clothes are overrated! Why not get some pastel colors? They work well as a replacement for white, and minor staining can go unnoticed way more easily.
So if you’re looking for ways to simplify your laundry routine, getting rid of white clothes is a great place to start. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to do laundry when you don’t have to worry about keeping your whites pristine.
These laundry hacks for ADHD really change the game
See? I kept my promise! No mention of “consistency” or “schedules” in these awesome life hacks! The reason these tips work so well is that they are made for us. First, we keep it visible at all times. Then, we make it easier rather than more difficult, as well as making it a better “work flow” altogether.
And finally, unless your laundry machine comes from the 1960s, we’ve successfully debunked the myth of recurrent color separation. For the first wash, no argument, I would absolutely wash new clothes separately. Actually, no, but I would wash bright pinks, oranges, reds, and pure blacks separately. Those tend to bleed.
Funnily enough, I recently got a pair of black pants with a label that read “caution: heavy dying process, wash item by itself a few times.” Now, if the label itself says it, I’ll certainly listen.
If you liked this blog post, you might like some more ADHD tips. Or, you can take it one step further and look into the art of productive procrastination!