Before the holiday guests start to arrive, follow these tips to help with the laundry so you aren't swamped all season.
Ready the Equipment - If you can, upgrade your washer and dryer. But, if you can't, make sure you clean them and have them ready for the extra loads they will be doing. Make sure the lint tray is always cleaned after each load and buy some sort of washing machine cleaner for your machine. Usually this is some sort of packet or powder you put in your machine and let it run through a cycle to freshen it up.
Prep the Laundry Room - Make sure you have plenty of laundry supplies on hand: detergent, fabric softener or sheets (or both) and stain fighters. If you seem to keep a cluttered laundry room, rid it of clutter so that it is ready to go at a moments notice. That way, if a stain catastrophe happens, you can deal right away!
Don't Wait - Don't wait until all the celebrating is over to do the laundry! First, have a stain stick with you during the festivities for any spills or that could happen. Then, maybe get some help with the holiday dishes while you put the tablecloth in the machine. Getting some of this done right away not only helps keep stains from settling in, but, also makes the next day less stressful if some of the laundry has been handled.
Little Things that Help - Have your guests that are staying with you put their towels or other dirty things in a basket in their room or in the bathroom depending on your home. Then, you can easily collect baskets as necessary and then replace them when the laundry is done. If you do some of their laundry, put their neatly folded clothes on their beds or ask family to fold their own and just return the clean things to their rooms. We like for our grown kids to feel like they are on vacation, but it is good for them to help so that you aren't so exhausted the whole time they are home. Every little thing that someone else can do, makes a big difference.
These small things should help you keep the laundry to minimum instead of a mountain!