​Some things are repeated over and over like hanging up shirts right after they come out of the dryer, or taking out the trash from each room.  Treating these actions like an assembly line will save gobs of time!  Here's how:
1 - Follow a specific order.  Example: Remove clothes from dryer, sort, fold, put away.
2 - ​Any step you repeat should take place all at once.  Ex: Put all dress shirts, skirts, pants, etc. onto hangers before going to hang them up in the closet.
3 - Centralize operations.  Growing up, we had a laundry room.  Dirty clothes went in and clean, hung up or folded clothes came out.  It was each child's job to deliver dirty laundry to the room as well as take clean clothes back to their room.  This allowed all washing, drying, folding, hanging up, and sewing to take place in one little room.
Another example is a custodian who pushes a giant trash bin, emptying little trash cans into it rather than moving each individual can to the dumpster.  The custodian also replaces bags at the same time rather than making a second round.
4 - Run full.  Efficient operations run at full capacity.  This is true for doing laundry, turning on the dishwasher, or taking out the trash.  

5 - Good habits.  Although it may not be the epitome of efficiency, an established pattern is often better than letting trash, clothes, or dishes reach a critical mass before taking action.

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  1. I agree with all except 4. I find that in our house, it is best for us to run the dishwasher each evening before bed, regardless of how full it is. This allows us to have a pattern of unloading every morning, rather than randomly running and unloading whenever it happens to get full.

  2. You're right! Sometimes having a pattern is better than waiting for full capacity.

    And you're officially the first person to ever comment on this blog! You're awesome!