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The Simple, Time-Saving Laundry Trick that Will Save Your Sanity

My maternity leave ends in exactly 3 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes, and 44 seconds. Not that I've been dreadfully counting down or anything. Anyways, I've spent the past week thinking about the things I could do to make life a lot easier as a soon-to-be working mom of two, which reminded me that I've been wanting to share this super simple but incredibly time-saving laundry trick I started last year, ya know, to lighten the load (see what I did there?)

When it comes to laundry, I know everyone has different opinions on which part of the task they dread the most. For me, it's putting the clothes away. I don't mind the separating and folding part....UNLESS....it's socks. Oh my gosh, socks are my nemesis. Who knew the smallest article of clothing we wear could be SOOOOOOO annoying. 

laundry trick to save time

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Let's start with the fact that I feel like my husband wears like ten pairs of socks a day. Between his work socks and athletic socks, it just accumulates so fast! I could easily drown in his pile of socks, there's just that many to wash. On top of that, some of my black work socks look very similar to his, so that always slowed me down when it came to pairing them up. In addition, my hubby and I share a large laundry basket and I can't tell you how many times the socks would get separated from their match and thrown in different loads from each other.

Then there's Little B's socks, this is where I start to go batty because there is NEVER a match. Well, there is, but one sock may be in the pirate treasure chest in the playroom or in my car cup holder. Your guess is good as mine. I was easily spending up to 20 minutes every load finding and separating everyone's socks and then pairing them together. That's 20 minutes I could have spent stalking someone on Instagram. And this is only for a family of 3, (this was pre- baby #2), I can only imagine how insane it must be for some of you who have more then 2 kids!

magnolia market decor

So enough about my family's dirty laundry (ba dum chh. I'll be here all night , folks) So what's this super fabulous, life-changing laundry trick you ask? Lingerie bags. Yep, these suckers have been a total game changer in the laundry room!

lingerie bags on Amazon

Imagine a world where your socks don't accidentally get divided among loads anymore, where you don't have to spend minute after minute separating your socks from your husband's, and a life free of the missing sock phenomenon. Imagine, gasp, that you actually pair up your family's socks in less than five minutes! Yep, that's what lingerie bags have done for me.

I found our bags while cruising the aisles of T.J. Maxx . It came in a set of 3 varied sizes. It's like the Three Little Bears...baby bear gets the little one, mama bear gets the medium sized bag, and papa bear gets the big one. You can also find a slew of lingerie bags on Amazon too. 

vintage laundry boards

Seriously, this has been one of the best decisions I've ever made for our family! Okay, so that's a bit dramatic but in all honesty I have a whole new outlook on my laundry life ever since I implemented this little strategy. I don't dread the chore as much as I use to. Sure, does the 4 year old still leave his socks in random places, yes, but there's been a major decrease in the number of  socks missing their partners. I even got my MIL putting her socks in bags now! 

If anyone else has some laundry tips they like to share, I'm all ears!

Before and After Nursery Room

Remember how you curled up in the fetal position in your bedroom corner last month after reading that Adele hinted she may never tour again (isn't that what everyone did)? Well you may just feel the same when you see that today's post is full of pictures of a sad, pathetic room, but then again who doesn't love a good makeover?

nursery before and after
You see I realized I never shared the "before" pics of the guest room turned nursery and well, quite frankly, it's hard to appreciate a makeover if you've never seen one in their humble beginnings! In case you missed it, you can check out the full blush pink nursery and it's room sources here. In the meantime, everyone say "hello" to this messy, uninspiring place we use to call a "guest room".

Before Picture Room Makeover

In all fairness, these pictures were actually taken smack dab in the middle of trying to prepare for painters. The guest bed had already been removed and I was in the process of trying to clean out the room while finding storage space for the pieces (i.e. crib) that we were planning on using in the nursery. 

room makeovers before pictures

I mentioned that we called this the "guest room" but in all honestly it was actually our guest-room-slash-random-storage-room. Did guests sleep in here when they visited? Yes, but only if they could catapult themselves over the haphazard stack of boxes and thrift store furniture that use to take up real estate in here.

before and after pictures room makeover

before pictures of room makeover

nursery room makeover

The wall color was courtesy of the previous owners and it was EVERY WHERE when we first moved in. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great either. It kind of reminded of a bandaid. Okay, never mind, I guess that does sound pretty horrible. It actually looks a little better in pictures than it did in person. Needless to say, I was overjoyed when the walls finally got a coat of Sherwin Williams Intimate White.

Gosh, I'm exhausted just looking at these! I didn't snap pics of the inside of the closet but it was the most time consuming to clean out.  And because for my own sanity I can't conclude a "before and after" post with out sharing a few "afters", here you go.....

room before and after
As you can see, there's not a drastic difference between the brightness of the two different paint colors, but boy do room accessories make a difference. And I guess having a clean room helps too!

nursery before and after

I didn't do a really good job at capturing the same angles for the other side of the room but the crib is where the dresser and mirror use to sit. Here's the tutorial for the drop cloth bed skirt I made.

blush pink nursery for baby girl

Don't forget to check out the full nursery reveal and tour! Thanks for stopping by today.

Free Gather Printable

Hey, chums! It's been forever since I've shared a free printable and I thought now would be a great time. Kind of like a thank you gift for sticking around while I try to adjust to life with two littles. I know it's not a trip to Disney Land or anything but if you're anything like me then you love a pretty print for your wall. This "Gather" printable will fit nicely among most decor. I personally love it hanging out on my new kitchen shelves (more on that some other day!)

Free Gather Printable

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