The following post is from Becky of Clean Mama:
Preface: Laundry is my nemesis. My issue is not in getting the laundry into the washer and from the washer to the dryer, but it’s the folding and putting away that turns into a laundry monster for me. This is how I combat the laundry monster in my home and what works for me. If the laundry is your nemesis, this post is for you.
I used to do a load of laundry when the baskets were overflowing. It took the better part of a Saturday and usually would spill over into Sunday and maybe Monday. I started washing at least one load a day a couple of years ago and have never looked back.
Think this is a crazy idea? Stay with me, I hope this post changes your mind.
Why is this a good idea?
1. Loads are smaller – they take less time to fold and less time to put away so you won’t put it off or stash the load in a corner, chair, bed, or basket.
2. Smaller loads of laundry help clothes get cleaner because you aren’t stuffing more laundry than you should in your washer and dryer (this probably extends the life of your machine because it isn’t being overworked).
3. Clothes won’t be trapped in the basket so there’s no (or at least less) ironing necessary.
4. Stains won’t be set in because clothes are washed more frequently.
5. No daunting baskets to look at reminding you of what you haven’t completed.
6. No smelly laundry because it gets washed right away.
How to start?
Start by getting completely caught up with your laundry (it might take a while, but it’ll be worth it).
Commit to doing laundry Monday-Saturday and decide on a time that works – I throw a load or two in early in the morning before work and sometimes get it folded right away or I fold in the evenings while I catch a show.
Try it for at least three weeks before you decide if it works for you and your schedule. New routines take time to implement and to become a habit – this is one that is so helpful that it’s worth trying for a bit.
Figure out a sorting system that will work for you. My husband and I each have a sorter that’s divided into two (darks/lights) I wash our clothes separately – my lights are a load and my darks are a load and the same goes for him. The kids each have a small circular basket and I wash all their clothes together on cold a couple of times a week. The older two help sort and fold their own clothes, which is super helpful.
Saturday is designated as sheets and towels day – all the sheets and towels get washed, dried, and put away.
If you get behind, catch up and start again – after all, life happens and it’s just laundry!
So tell me – have you tried a daily laundry routine?
|Becky is a self-proclaimed clean freak and list maker. She is a work-at-home mom to three little ones, and in her spare time she enjoys sharing her cleaning and organizing tricks and tips on her blog, Clean Mama, and through her Etsy Shop, Clean Mama Printables.|