Set your timer for 20 minutes. Today is all about coming up with a laundry plan. Most homes have some manner of laundry chaos happening and I’d love to help you end that. You may want to jot your answers down in your notebook so you can take action on them tomorrow. The first thing to think about is where you put your dirty clothes. Are they:
- On the floor?
- On the chair in the corner?
- On the exercise equipment in the other corner?
- Shoved in closet?
- Overflowing from the hamper?
And then, where do you put your clean laundry? If it’s not immediately put away, then is it:
- Still in the laundry basket?
- Dumped on the bed?
- On the floor?
- In the kid’s room?
What do you feel like the top 3 reasons are that your laundry isn’t put away immediately? (Laundry room is far away from closet? Laundry “rules” are too difficult? Family won’t put clothes in the hamper?)
If you had to describe your ideal laundry flow, what would it look like? (Laundry done daily? Laundry done once a week? Spouse or older children help?)
Some thoughts on making the laundry process easier:
- If you have a 2 story house, it may behoove you to have a central hamper in the hallway that everyone can put clothes into. No need to sort there, that will happen in the laundry room. Then, as the hallway hamper fills, it gets taken to the laundry room and processed immediately. This will limit the number of loads you need to do in a day.
- If you have a large family, do a load as soon as you have enough dirty clothes or linens to fill one. If you’re doing this everyday, that can help limit the mountains of laundry that are so overwhelming, no-one wants to touch them.
- If you find that even though you all have hampers in your bedroom, dirty clothes are always left in the bathroom, it may be time to just put the hampers in the bathrooms. Then, when one or both are full, they are taken to the laundry room.
- Have a laundry day that’s marked on your calendar each week. The habit of a singular day will help keep the laundry moving.
- Only keep one type of detergent and softener. The fewer choices, the less overwhelming laundry will be.
- Use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets - one less thing to think about, the balls just live in your dryer
- Have older children begin doing their own laundry. It really is a life skill.
- Remove a corner chair or piece of furniture that only functions as a dirty laundry catchall. Sometimes it’s just easier to remove the temptation!
- Move the laundry area closer to where dirty clothing piles up. Our washer and dryer are in our master bath and it is AMAZING!
- Going forward, only purchase “non-fussy” clothing. Things that can be washed together, on warm, are so much easier to deal with than “hand wash, cold water only, with nothing else” style clothing.
- Lighten up on the laundry rules. Most of the things that say “cold water, separate only” can actually be washed with other things on warm.
Ok, that should give you plenty to think about. See you tomorrow!