Since I can't seem to get a long post written, I thought I would do a series of quick tips that make my life easier!
I keep a bottle of stain pre-treatment spray right next to our dirty clothes. This way, it's right there where I need it. Not all the way downstairs in the laundry (although I keep a bottle there too!) I'm not one to advocate buying more than you need, but sometimes having two of something just makes sense!