This Laundry Hack Makes Sorting Like Clothes So Much Easier

Laundry day is always a day that's dreaded, especially if you don't have a functional laundry room where you can keep everything together. If you're in charge of washing and drying, the mountains of clothes can feel never-ending, particularly if you have similar-looking clothing. Whether you and your partner share similar items or have kids that are close in age, being able to tell which clothes belong to whom when you're sorting laundry can be tricky. However, TikTok user @heather_artist created an easy laundry hack using a Sharpie and dot method to keep track of which items belong to her sons. Instead of relying on sizing and asking her sons if a piece of clothing is theirs, the Sharpie dots remind her whose it is.

The dot method is solely used for her son's clothes, which helps Heather when she's folding and putting away laundry. If you don't have kids but live with your siblings, a roommate, or friends and do laundry together, Heather's hack can help keep track of your clothes and prevent them from ending up in the wrong closet.

How the dot method works

In Heather's TikTok video, she explains her dotting system. Since her sons are close in age, she buys them similar clothing brands. Aside from new clothes, her sons use hand-me-downs from each other, making it more challenging to figure out who has each hand-me-down. However, her dot method helps her and her husband get the right clothes for each son. Heather claims her dotting system is simple. Her oldest son's clothes get one dot on the tag, the middle son gets two dots, and the youngest son gets three dots on the label. 

When an item turns into a hand-me-down, Heather adds the dots relating to the child using the hand-me-down. In her video, she uses pajama pants as an example. The pajama pants are in good condition and were worn by the oldest, but since they don't fit him anymore, they'll be passed down to the middle son. So, Heather added an extra dot to the tag to let her know it's not the oldest son's anymore. You can follow this method if you and your siblings wear similar brands of clothing or if you have kids of your own.