Laundry. One word with so much emotion.
Looking into the laundry room right now I can see the pile of clothes spewing out of the hamper. And I know that not all of the laundry is even in the hamper. Five people can create a load of laundry (
no pun intended).
I’ve struggled over the years trying to come up with a good laundry system. One that would help me to keep the clothes washed and folded and off my bed and floor. Most of the time I could keep up with washing the clothes and drying them. But folding-that’s another story.
A mountain of clean laundry would be on my king size bed. I’m very thankful for this giant bed to hold all of our families clean laundry. But then bedtime rolls around and somehow the laundry mountain is still there!?! Now what? I’m tired and want to go to bed but my bed is already taken. To the baskets goes the clean laundry and the baskets to the floor of my master bedroom. Now that it is off my bed its less of a problem. I can sleep!
Then morning comes and I have 4 humans riffling through the baskets of clean clothes. Now I have clean clothes on the floor.
Next, questions ensue: “Mom do you know where my is?”; “Have you seen my ?”; “Is this __________ clean?”
This is no way to begin your day. Something has to be done. I need to find a solution!
I needed to find a solution that was much more manageable and time efficient than doing all the laundry in one day or one weekend. Also I needed to eliminate that mountain of clean clothes that ended up on my bed or bedroom floor. I needed to get my clean laundry folded and put away so I could sleep in my bed at night and reduce the family asking for specific pieces of clothing every morning.
MY SOLUTION :
1. Wash, dry and fold one load of laundry Monday thru Friday.
I now start one load of laundry every morning after breakfast. In the time it takes me to get ready for the day the wash load is usually done and then I move it to the dryer.
2. Fold all the laundry in the laundry room.
Once the clothes are dry I stand at the dryer and fold each piece of laundry and place it into the laundry basket. I try to separate the clean laundry as I fold it and place it into the basket for each family member.
This was the area I struggled with the most- actually folding the laundry. So I had to be strict with myself and that’s why I chose to fold it in the laundry room straight out of the dryer. Now it doesn’t happen 100% of the time but I aim to do all my folding in the laundry room!
3. Put away laundry the same day.
When the clothes are folded I bring them to my room and organize them into piles for each person or place they need to go. Next I will bring those piles to the room they belong in and put them away myself or assign one of my kids to put them away. This has been so nice to have all clean clothes put away and out of my room.
For now this system has been working quite well. There are still days when laundry doesn’t happen in this order but for the most part it has been working well.