This ADHD Coach Has a Smart Hack for Getting Laundry Put Away Fast

published Sep 8, 2023
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One of the best roommates I ever had was a folding magician. More often than not, I would toss clean clothes on the couch, get distracted by my phone, and when I came back to reality I would find the pile transformed into tidy stacks of perfectly folded clothes. My roommate loved the thrill of trying to finish them all and disappear before I noticed. (I sure do miss her.) 

There are many wonderful things about my current roommate (aka my husband) and me, but neither of us can fold magically, which was why I was so thrilled to see this TikTok by ADHD coach Kelly Baums (@kellybaums). In the video, Baums shares three tips, but the one I was most interested in was her laundry hack. 

What’s her secret to folding? She doesn’t do it — and not because her roommate does it for her. Instead of traditional folding, Baums fills her closet shelves with labeled bins. Then she simply tosses the clothing items into the correct bins — no folding required. I love IKEA VARIERA boxes (an Organization Awards winner!) for this purpose, and if you’re in the market for a label maker, this one is on sale and easy to use. 

@kellybaums Replying to @Brookelindsey hope this gives you a starting point! Let me know what other tricks you use! #adhdtips #neurospicy #adhdsupport #adhdcoach #adhdcheck ♬ original sound – Kelly B

Baums also utilizes a “floor basket,” for items in clothing purgatory (read: clothes you would normally drape over a clothes chair). I like this idea, but I prefer a set of over-the-door hooks instead, which gives the clothes more space to breathe if they’ve been lightly worn, and prevents wrinkling.

Speaking of wrinkling, Baums has a solution for that, too. She keeps a garment steamer plugged into an outlet in her bathroom and after choosing what to wear for the day, she quickly steams wrinkles from her clothes. Although it’s probably fine in most cases, I don’t recommend leaving the steamer plugged in, as the reservoir could run dry and potentially damage your small appliance. Instead, invest in a steamer that heats in mere seconds, such as this Conair 2-in-1 Handheld Steamer that I absolutely love. 

If you, too, are decidedly not a secret folding magician, the good news is that — with a few bins and a garment steamer — you don’t have to be.