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Organizing your Laundry {Blog Hop}


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!



  1. Don’t leave your laundry to chance.  Develop a system!  I wrote about our system in my book: The Guide to Daylight
    1. I’m a fan of chore charts.  Here’s a printable chore chart with many suggestions.
    2. 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.
  2. Organize your laundry room
    1. 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. 🙂
    2. Put laundry detergent within easy reach.
    3. Use laundry baskets for individuals or for particular rooms (we have a basket per each bedroom).
    4. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Heidi St John Guide to Daylight

Git ‘er Done: 5 Tips for Easier Laundry

Ahh, the joys of laundry … or not.

“My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.” – Erma Bombeck

Does the thought of all the laundry you have to do overwhelm and discourage you? If so, you’re not alone.  Laundry is one of those things we tend either love or hate!

I used to hate it—but in all honesty, I don’t anymore. I love the smell of clean laundry.  And I REALLY like grabbing shirts and dresses out of the dryer before they need to be ironed!  Mmmm.  Lavender fabric softener is my new guilty pleasure. 🙂 But I won’t tell if you won’t!

No matter how you feel about this age old chore, it’s always good to feel like you’ve got the best of it instead of the other way around. No, really!  You can! It’s important.  And you don’t need a laundry “room” to be really great at getting a handle of doing laundry. In fact, I devoted a huge part of a chapter to laundry in “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight” because I honestly believe that if we had a better system, laundry would not be such a chore.

So without further adieu, here are FIVE of my favorite laundry tips!  Let me know what your favorite tips are – if they make my next article, I’ll send you a free copy of my book.


Train your children to do laundry. I’m not kidding!  If your child is just three years old he is not too little to start training.  A three year old can put laundry in the hamper.  She can help you put the clothes into the washing machine.

So often, moms find themselves overwhelmed when a quick glance around the room reveals a much bigger issue: children who could and should be helping simply are not.

Start when they are little. By the age of eight, my kids can run both the washer and the dryer, and they can measure the detergent too.  Teens can do their own laundry. Tweens should be helping by folding the baby’s laundry.  You get the idea.  Put your kids to work!  Yes it’s more work for mom initially but the payoff is worth it, and believe me when they move out they will thank you for training them to take care of themselves and others.


Early and often. Fly Lady says, “A load a day keeps the chaos away”, and I could not agree more.

Around our house, the first load is started first thing in the morning. We often run three loads a day but two for our household of 10 is about average. Two loads a day. Kitchen towels pile up and we do them twice a week. My point is—we are doing a lot of little loads to avoid the massive laundry “day” that is sure to pile up if we don’t.


Use a system. This cannot be over-emphasized. 🙂  Systems work!  And usually, any system is better than no system!

I wrote about our system at length in my book but I can simplify it by saying that in our house, each BEDROOM has it’s own laundry basket.  Here’s how it works:

1. Child fills up his or her laundry hamper.

2. Mom or children start a load and run it through.

3. When laundry comes out of the dryer, it is immediately sorted into the basket that corresponds to the room the child is in.

This makes the CHILD responsible for his or her own laundry. It works.  BONUS: It forces the child to think about the amount of clothes they throw in the wash each day. 🙂  And I’m ALL for that!


Think before you buy!  In other words—if you have a lot of people in your house, if it wrinkles easily or if it will require extra care, maybe it’s something you should just leave in the store. Yeah. Just say “no” to more work in the laundry room!


Get caught up. Have a laundry-folding party!  In our house, when we get behind (and believe me, it happens) then my solution is to gather the troops, dump all the clothes out on the floor and have a FOLD-FEST.

The last time we needed to do this was … mmmm… two days ago.  🙂  I had been gone and we had about eight loads of laundry that needed to be folded and put away.  With my kids helping, we got it all done in just over an hour!

hint: if you need to have a fold-fest, take a washcloth, get it wet and throw it into the dryer with the clothes that are too wrinkly to wear.  Give it about ten minutes on medium heat.  Voila! No ironing!

Ready to Git ‘er done? Train your kids to help, get a system and get moving!  You’ll be glad you did!

Heidi St John Guide to Daylight