Confession: Laundry Day is my favorite day of the week. If you loathe laundry (as I absolutely have in the past), I want to give you a peek into how I’ve structured my laundry time to make it enjoyable for me. I’ve tried lots of different tips and tricks and settled into a routine that works for me and my family. It’s all about finding the joy in the mundane of your life and I find that nothing feels more mundane than laundry, so if you can find joy here, you’ll find it everywhere.
Here’s how I make it work:
-Plan for one day a week (you might end up with two days). I know for sure that I’m going to do laundry on the same day each week, but I also know that occasionally there’s an extra midweek load because somebody wet the bed or needed their basketball jersey washed or whatever. But I am NOT going to do a load every day. That makes me feel like I’m on some kind of laundry hamster wheel that will never get finished. I do it in one day, then (ideally) forget about laundry until the next week.
-Have hampers in each bedroom and one spare. Every child has a hamper and they put their clothes in there (and if they don’t, they get to be Mommy’s Special Laundry Helper). I also have an extra hamper on top of the washing machine for kitchen towels, random socks I find, a shirt that got too much spaghetti on it to go in the hamper, etc. I want to make getting laundry into hampers as simple and convenient as possible.
-Collect everything (don’t forget kitchen and bathroom towels). On the morning of my laundry day I do a sweep through the house and collect the guest bathroom hand towel, any kitchen towels or dishrags, towels that were on the bathroom floor or hung over the shower door and the stray socks collecting under the couch. The goal is that by that night EVERYTHING will be clean for one minute and during that one minute I’ll feel like a superhero.
-Sort. I like to sort the clothes. I know not everybody does, but sorting is an easy way to make sure you don’t accidentally wash any action figures, you can turn the pants the right way, fix the balled up socks, pretreat major problems, etc. It also means my nice sweater doesn’t get washed with my child’s sweaty jersey. For our family of 8, I usually end up with 1 load of delicates, 2 loads in cold water, 1 load in warm water, 1 load in hot water. If I start at around 8:30 a.m. I have the whole process done by about 8:30 p.m.
-Start with the things that take the longest to dry. I wash my towels, blankets, and my things that need to air dry first. That way they have all day to get dry and I won’t go to bed with slightly damp things strung around the house. Continue Reading →