Laundry gotcha down? Say the word and even seasoned moms like me cringe. It’s just.so.daily.
Or not! Unfortunately, when I don’t do laundry every day, it piles up. I was in fall-decorating/school prep mode this week and so the laundry was sorely neglected. We paid for that today when all the piles of clean laundry were dumped out on the family room floor to be folded and put away. The upside: five people folding and putting way makes short work of Mount Never Rest.
Families are all different, and different methods work during different seasons of life. Here are a few quick tips I’ve learned for beating the laundry blues!
- Don’t leave your laundry to chance. Develop a system! I wrote about our system in my book: The Guide to Daylight
- I’m a fan of chore charts. Here’s a printable chore chart with many suggestions.
- Get your children involved in doing laundry. In our house, everyone is responsible for running their own laundry through if they are eight years old or older. One person is assigned to make sure the hampers are being run through and then the clean laundry is given to it’s owner to fold and put away.
- Organize your laundry room
- Use hampers to sort clothes. In our house, each bedroom has it’s own hamper. We keep a wicker hamper in the kitchen for kitchen laundry and two in the laundry room for towels and clothes I find strewn around the house. 🙂
- Put laundry detergent within easy reach.
- Use laundry baskets for individuals or for particular rooms (we have a basket per each bedroom).
- Install a hanging rack if at all possible. We found one that I love two years ago. Now clothes to be hung up can be hung up straight out of the dryer.
- Choose a regular day for washing sheets. Children can strip their own beds and put clean sheets on with some help. We chose Thursdays—since Friday is errand day and we generate the most laundry over the weekends.
- Try to be consistent with the schedule you come up with. We do laundry every day at our house, but there are 10 of us here on a regular basis. Remember, everyone has bad days/weeks. Sometimes, it just piles up because more pressing things need to be done.
- Let go of perfectionism. That’s all I have to say about that. You can have your perfect laundry scenario back when the kids are grown. (We’ll miss this too, I’m told.)
I have never come up with a system that I love for socks. I’ve tried them all—and right now we just put the mismatched socks in a big basket. We dump it when it gets full and try to match socks. About twice a year, I throw the others out. (I know I can save them for all sorts of Pinterest projects, I just know that I won’t ever do them.)
I’d love to hear your ideas!
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