Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore. While you can’t skip laundry completely, you can stop those baskets from overflowing with these time-saving tips.
5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.
While you can’t skip laundry completely, you can stop those baskets from overflowing with these time-saving tips from the laundry experts at Whirlpool.
Sort clothes ahead of time. One way to make laundry more manageable is to sort as you go. Instead of tossing dirty clothes into a hamper, distribute items into separate bins. While the exact division depends on your wardrobe, you’ll want to separate dark and light colors, as well as clothing that needs special care.
Pretreat stains. Once a stained garment makes its way through the dryer, chances are the stain is set for life. Protect your clothes by pretreating stains as soon as possible to help keep even the toughest stains from setting in. If you’re unsure of how to treat a particular stain, such as spaghetti sauce or grass, Whirlpool offers a Stain Guide within its laundry app that provides helpful, step-by-step instructions*.
Keep your space organized. Just like it’s hard to cook in a messy kitchen or work at a cluttered desk, you’re less likely to be productive in a sloppy laundry room. Clean and organize your laundry area periodically so you have easy access to the supplies you need and a clean surface for folding fresh laundry or switching loads.
Take advantage of technology. New smart home technology is making laundry faster and easier, such as Whirlpool’s Smart Front Load Laundry Pair with the Load & Go™ dispenser. This innovative feature allows you to skip a step in your laundry routine by eliminating the need to measure out and add detergent every time you start a load for up to 40 loads**.
Whether you are on the run or across the room, you can control your washer and dryer using an app on your smartphone or a compatible voice-enabled device for hands-free assistance. You can track how much time is left on your load while cooking dinner, assign washing settings while enjoying family movie night or begin a cycle when running errands. Touch-screen technology also guides you to the correct washer or dryer presets, or you can pre-program cycles of your own to tackle specific care settings for items like baby clothing or bulky comforters.
Finish with ease. For some, it’s not the washing that makes laundry a drag, it’s the folding. Hitting the tumble button to shake out wrinkles is one solution, but there are alternatives. Use your dryer’s end-of-cycle buzzer as an easy way to keep track of when a load needs your attention or make folding a fun game with your family.
Find more information at whirlpool.com.
*Wi-Fi and app required. Features subject to change. Appliance must be set to Remote Enable for remote control capabilities. Details and privacy info at whirlpool.com/connect.
**Model WFW9620H. Based on an 8-pound load of laundry. The Load & Go™ dispenser capacity varies by model.SOURCE:
Customized changes in your house are welcome modifications, whether you’ve lived in your home for decades or you’re just a new homeowner. Redesigning your new home so its elements can suit your style and making necessary repairs to older homes are both exciting and challenging projects. However, renovations can also be expensive. Before jumping into a new home renovation project, you should plan carefully how you’re going to pay for it. Here are some clever considerations on how you can fund your next home renovation project:
Plan Your Project and Estimate the Cost
As the popular adage goes: Failing to plan is planning to fail. Every home renovation project should start with a game plan, so you can successfully anticipate problems, schedule work, and make modifications to help you see those plans come into fruition. Planning your home renovation project includes identifying what specific parts you want to modify. Next, you have to make a list of the materials that you will need. Consider if you’re going the DIY route or you’re hiring a contractor. Labor costs can increase your expenses, so make a detailed list to ensure you do not go over your budget. The last thing you want to happen is for your project to cease because you run out of funds midway through its completion.
Find the Funds
Since money doesn’t grow on trees, finding the money to fund those home renovations is a primary consideration. You can opt to sell high-value items like jewelry, designer bags, or premium gadgets to help augment your home renovation budget. Perhaps, you’ve saved your company Christmas bonus, so you can tap those funds. But if money is tight, consider these ideas: Refinance your mortgage, take a home equity loan, crowdsource, or take a personal line of credit. There is no shame in borrowing because this renovation is a good investment that increases your property’s value. In fact, statistics indicate that 50 percent of projects costing over $5,000 use some form of financing.
Consider a Side Hustle
It may not be a bad idea to take on an extra gig after your regular 9-to-5 job. Earning extra from a side hustle will help save you more money, which you can use for your home renovation projects. Popular side hustles include freelance writing, making videos, tutoring kids, selling home-baked goods, and many more. If you have a spare room or extra garage space, you can even consider renting those out to supplement your income.
When renovating parts of your home, it's important to work with a budget. You don’t want to run out of money in the middle of a project. Remember, there are numerous ways to get creative with earning additional income. Just do your research before you begin your renovation project to figure out how to fund it and you should be good to go!
Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home.
Creating a Spa Oasis
(Family Features) Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you enjoy the understated, nature-inspired colors or the calming atmosphere, a spa-like bathroom can be beautiful, welcoming and relaxing. Escape the ordinary with these cabinetry ideas from the experts at Wellborn Cabinet.
Float your vanity
Although the aesthetic benefits often come at the cost of limited under-sink storage space, this potential pitfall can be overcome with a customizable U-shaped drawer option designed to fit around the sink plumbing in your bath, allowing you to use all that under-counter space.
Clever, concealed storage
To get the spa-like bathroom look, consider adding organizational solutions like a tiered spice rack, sliding shelves and vanity appliance pullouts from Wellborn Cabinet. A tiered spice rack keeps your cabinets organized and makes your morning routine easier. Sliding shelves can make your mornings less hectic with a gentle pull that brings bath essentials right to you. Conveniently store hairstyling tools in one location without compromising design or space with a vanity appliance pullout.
Incorporate ample lighting
Lighting in the bathroom is essential; illumination for everyday tasks can make your bath appear larger, add warmth and set the right mood. It may also be designed to tuck cleanly inside and under cabinets to provide well-placed light without visible fixtures or distracting wires.
Infuse natural elements
For more bathroom remodeling ideas, visit wellborn.com.SOURCE:
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