I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best housekeeper. My floors aren’t always the cleanest. The tub gets scrubbed when visually disgusting (sometimes). And you could write in the dust on my dresser. But one thing I’ve gotten down is fighting the laundry monster.
Let me introduce you to the keys to laundry success!*
*Disclaimer: This is what I’ve determined to work for me and my family. Obviously, this may not work for you. Consider yourself warned.
- Segregate. I keep multiple laundry hampers in our bedroom to sort laundry as it’s used. This allows me to quickly grab a load and throw it in the washer on my way downstairs to watch The Biggest Loser.
- Divide and conquer. I’m obviously not a huge fan of sorting laundry, so to make this task simpler, I wash the kid’s clothes separately as opposed to putting whites with whites, etc. When clothes are clean, I can just throw the basket in the appropriate room and hope the laundry fairy comes in the night to put them away.
- Cut to the chase. I don’t bother folding clean laundry. Most of my clothes are hung, so why should I do double work? If I don’t have time to put everything away when it’s fresh, I prioritize the hanging stuff and leave the rest for later. No one’s gonna know if you have wrinkly socks.
- Do smaller loads. I know that seems counter-intuitive, but this really works for me. It’s much easier to tackle a small load from hamper to closet than it is to battle a mountain of clothes.
- Wage. War. Every. Single. Day. I know this is not what you wanted to hear. And I’m sorry. But you have to stay on top of it or else you will have an erupting volcano of dirty skivvies. If we happen to be gone for the evening, I can always tell come the weekend because I’m scrambling to get caught up. And at this point, it’s become routine. Home from work–Eat dinner– Watch Wheel– Put kid to bed– Throw in laundry. Ah, the
monotonypredictability of family life.
How do you tame the laundry beast?