Well, now the laundry blues are no more and if you have been trying to find your winning laundry stride, here’s the answer: once a week. That’s it! Believe me, it’s not as overwhelming as it sounds. I have a large family and the clothes do pile high when all brought down from the rooms for me to wash. But I would rather tackle my laundry on one day, then every day of the week! I hated being a slave to my laundry and no amount of discipline did it for me. I just didn’t want it on my plate every day. So I concocted a plan and I’ve never looked back.
Every room should have its own laundry basket to harness dirty clothes throughout the week (and should have enough clothes and undergarments and towels to last a week). This keeps your laundry room clean until it’s time to do the laundry. Unannounced company is welcome without rushing to shut your mess of a laundry room. Simply pick one day out of the week that you can devote to your home and your laundry. It changes for me with the seasons. Summer time I tackle during a week day, the colder months I tackle it on a weekend.
My older kids are responsible for their own laundry and they do it from beginning to end on a different day. (They only have 2 loads). And when my laundry day arrives, younger children bring me their laundry and are also responsible for putting it away that same day.
Remember that getting the clothes washed is only half the battle! Ensuring they all get put away has always been my problem. So now that the laundry has my full attention, I fold as they come out of the dryer, put into piles according to bedroom, put in their laundry basket, and give to my children. And don’t forget your room! Resist the temptation to pile high your clothes on your bed and walk away (I’m speaking out of experience here). Don’t get into the trap of only going half way. Get them put away right away. A little discipline is all you need and you’ll be singing “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” the rest of the week.
No more laundry blues with this tip! I hope this inspires you to be one step ahead of yourself with a plan that helps keep you running a smooth, organized, household.