Introduction: Use a Timer on Your Washing Machine to Wash Clothes While You Are Gone
I have a very cheap washing machine that makes a lot of noise. Instead of clearing out of the adjacent kitchen while the machine is on, I simply hooked it up to an outlet timer and set it to come on just before I wake up or come home. This way, clothes don't sit wet all day or night like they would if I started the machine and went to work, but I don't have to listen to the washer running.
The timer shown is a grounded outdoor-type outlet timer and is plugged into a GFCI outlet.
Step 1: Set a Kanban to Remind You to Put the Wet Clothes Into the Dryer
Set a Kanban or signal to remind yourself to put the wet clothes into the dryer. In my process of continuous improvement of laundry, I have determined that setting the laundry basket either directly in front of the laundry closet or in the doorway to my bedroom yields the best results. Here, I have set my milk-crate laundry-basket in front of the laundry closet -- if the milk-crate is present and the machine is not running, I am reminded to put the wet clothes into the dryer.
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