Do you know how to do laundry? Of course you do!
How well does your laundry system work for you though? From one busy mama to another, laundry is my enemy. It’s never ending and overwhelming. But it doesn’t HAVE to be.
Can we get real with each other, friend? Let’s chat about that laundry pile of yours (ehem, mine).
You know the one, you washed it twice, then had to rewash it because you forgot to start the dryer. And two days later it finally landed in the basket but you just haven’t found the time or energy to fold it yet.
At this point it’s more of a battle of wills.
Like, maybe you’ll just stick it to the system and NOT fold the laundry and everyone will just have to fend for themselves each morning and dig out their own clothes. Except for the fact that this is going to make your morning routines complete and utter chaos. So no, the laundry must be folded and put away.
It’s not that you don’t know how to do laundry, it’s just the doing of the laundry that gets a little messy.
And while we’re being honest with each other, I am by no means a perfect laundry doer, you can sometimes (ok, maybe more than sometimes) find a monster pile in my bedroom that overflows from basket to basket. No shame in hiding that here!
However, I DO have a system that I use that works wonders for our busy family of five.
I mean, do you know how many clothes five people produce in just one weeks time? It’s completely ridiculous. Like, embarrassingly ridiculous.
If you, too, battle the laundry monster I hope one of these tips will be helpful in your efforts of keeping it tamed!
So if you’re still with me, read on to catch my “how to do laundry” system – that’s less about the “how to” and more about the “doing” of the actual laundry.
How to do Laundry Step 1: You Need One Laundry Basket
You heard me right, just one.
Thats it. I promise.
You should have one central location for your laundry to all collect. Of course you’re not going to wash it all together, but you need a place where everyone can toss their dirty clothes. Ours is in our laundry room.
If you do want to wash your laundry all in one load – there’s a thing for that. It’s a product made by Shout called “Color Catcher.” There are mixed reviews on how effective they are but you may just decide to give it a try to see for yourself.
Here’s why one central laundry basket is important. When you have multiple laundry baskets (lets say in each kids room) then their baskets are going to fill up and eventually become full. Now what happens when you go collect all of the laundry? You’ve got yourself a date with the washer and dryer!
If everyone’s laundry goes into one basket then you can easily and quickly sort it and throw in a load. It’s much easier to gauge when it’s time to get some laundry done when it’s all there together.
This was a game changer for us.
Step 2: One Load Per Day
If you can commit to doing one complete load (wash, dry, fold, put away) per day you will save yourself a Saturday full of laundry. There is absolutely no need to spend hours doing multiple loads of laundry in a day. The other bonus to this is that you will almost always have the clean clothes you need when you need them!
A load a day will also mean that you are folding smaller loads, which will in turn make the process faster. Smaller loads are also easier on your machines, so in the long run you will get more longevity out of them.
How to do Laundry Step 3: Fold & Put Away
Make a routine to complete the one load per day by folding and putting it away. I am not sure about you but the daunting task of putting everyones clothes away sometimes haunts my soul. Like, why, just why! But if you’re following the first two components to this system then this part should be fairly easy. Make it part of the laundry routine. Or better yet, team up with your spouse or partner. One of you can do the wash/dry/fold and the other does the putting away.
Find Your Prime Time
This system only works if you are able to pinpoint the best time for you and your family when you can actually get that load of laundry done each day. What works for us, may not be the same for you – and that is okay!
Some days I like to start a load when I first wake up, then by the time I need to head downstairs and start breakfast I can change it over to the dryer.
Other days, I don’t wake up early enough to start a load first thing. In this case, I end up throwing in a load in the evening when the kids are in the tub and I will switch it over to the dryer when they go to bed. That way I can fold it before I go to bed. I shared all about how this fits into our evening routine here in this blog post.
Now, of course I can’t put away the kids clothes if they’re in bed so I usually take their piles and sit them outside their bedrooms. That way in the morning I can have them help me put their clothes away when we are getting up and dressed.
When I started this system I just threw everything in one load without sorting it because I was just over the laundry always piling up. I just wanted to washed and done. But after a few ruined shirts, I decided I needed to take a little more care.
Now that I’ve been using it for about a year I sort darks and lights and throw them in that way. And I always wash my whites completely separate. And as much as I know this pains my all natural friends, I love how effective bleach is on getting my whites SUPER white again.
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The Time is Now
I challenge you to try this for ONE week. I’d love to know when you’re trying it out and how it’s going! Good luck!
Are you a busy mom like me? Check out this post on ways to keep up with a clean home as a busy working mom!