I’ve had another break-through. And I’ve literally moved a mountain in our home. Studying up on time management and self discipline is doing things to me! Tiny changes are revolutionizing the way I get my house chores done. I echo Crystal Paine at moneysavingmom.com) when she said, “I can’t believe it’s taken me 9 years to figure this out!” Only in my case, I’ve been at it for just under 8 years- the laundry thing, that is.
I was raised on the term “laundry day.” And so into my marriage and family I carried (somehow, ’cause it was big!) “laundry day.”
Within the bounds of laundry day have been all sorts of trials and still more errors.
How on earth do I conquer Mount Laundry and keep it that way?!
Let’s try having one laundry day per week. Gather all of the laundry from the house and pile it in the laundry room. Do not sort. Wash two, three, four, five, six loads and be too exhausted to fold it. Have family begin pulling clean clothes out of baskets instead of drawers when they need something to wear.
Better idea: What if I washed each family members’ laundry on a separate day? Monday- Mom. Tuesday- Dad. Wednesday- Small Son. Thursday- Tiny Daughter. If there was ever a way to create more work, this would be it.
Ok, I have another idea! How about if Handsome Husband does his own laundry? After all, he wears more clothes than anyone else due to dressing up every day and then dressing down when he comes home. He’ll even fold all of his own clothes and iron his shirts too. Oh, and the best part? He’ll sort and match those piles of socks! (Socks are like dust bunny families- they pop up everywhere and they just keep growing!)
All right, let’s figure this out! I’ll choose two days of the week to do laundry on. Tuesday and Saturday. If you need something washed on Thursday, too bad! Wear it dirty or wait until…you guessed it- Tuesday or Saturday.
I have tried all of the above mentioned methods…and probably more, if I took the time to recall. But I don’t want to. In every case, I ended up with piles and piles of clean, unfolded laundry that sat around the house in different rooms for several days, sometimes a week.
Eventually I began piling it all on our bed, with a scheming plan in mind: (a) We would be forced to fold the laundry if we wanted to go to bed, and (b) Handsome Husband would be home to help me fold it all. The problem? Often we were too tired to tackle it, so we shoved it off the bed and onto the floor. The other half of the time we folded it and put it into baskets, but the baskets never got delivered to the kids’ rooms. Yep, here we are again living out of baskets…and piles.
Well, I am several weeks into an epic discovery that I am sure
all none of you have tried.
I’m doing laundry every day.
Don’t stop reading- hang with me here! Could it be that the very thing I’ve been avoiding for almost 8 years of familyhood is the very answer to my laundry conundrum?
Indeed, I have begun to do a small load of laundry every morning right before or after breakfast. Put it in the dryer immediately (during winter). Fold it right away. Put it in a basket. Carry it upstairs and distribute to each person their few items of clean clothes.
Sound complicated? It takes only 10-15 minutes total. The washer and dryer do most of the work!
I haven’t had piles of clean laundry sitting around for two weeks. Beyond clean, I haven’t had dirty laundry sitting around for two weeks. No morning cries of “I don’t have any clean clothes!”
No heaps of guilt or frustration because I just can’t keep up.
Maybe you’re thinking what I thought for seven(ish) years- “Do laundry every day? Not practical. I work outside the home.” Ok, what if you threw the load in before you left for work, and folded it when you got home or right before bedtime? No matter how you work it in your schedule, you will be amazed at how freeing it is!
Another benefit for me has been the eye-opener of how many clothes we humans accumulate. When the laundry piles up, we constantly feel like we don’t have enough clothes. But when the clothes are always clean (except for yesterday’s outfit only), we realize just how many outfits we have…and don’t need. I believe Crystal Paine said that she has only 6 outfits to her name. Whaaat? A woman can do that?!
Ok, trophies to her, but I don’t think I can go that far. But it has made me re-evaluate my closet and I’ve done some purging so that I only have outfits that I LOVE and do actually wear. I also went through my sock drawer- you don’t want to know how many pairs I had.
If you already do this laundry every day method, you are way ahead of me!
If you haven’t tried it, why not give it a chance? Just for one week? Let me know how it goes…see if you feel as not-overwhelmed-by-laundry-anymore as I do.
No more mountain climbing. What’s to lose?