Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How to Banish Piles of Laundry Forever - A Few Miner Adjustments

Have you ever hiked up a mountain? 
I’ll admit, it isn't my favorite activity, 
but when I get to the summit there is a sense of accomplishment like no other.
At the beginning of summer vacation I looked around my laundry room and I noticed something.
It was like the Mount Everest of dirty laundry in there.
The end of the school year had gotten too busy even for me…
the gal who doesn't schedule much of anything.
So I hiked up this mountain and finished all of the laundry before we packed for Disney
That was not fun and after that hike I was definitely in need of a vacation.
When we got home, with the laundry mostly clean because we had a washer and dryer at our rental, 
I made a few miner adjustments to not get behind on the laundry again. 
And I haven’t. 
All summer long the laundry baskets were empty. 
It was an accomplishment of great proportions around here.
Want to know the secret that has changed my life, as far as chores go?

Do one load of laundry from start to finish everyday.
I know what you are thinking...
“I can’t mix my colors with my whites." 
{Disclaimer...if your colors are new, don't mix them with whites. No one wants pink undies.}

"Towels need to be done separately.”

Listen, if you can get passed that way of thinking, then you too can change your life.

There are 4 of us in the house, 3 of which are dirty, stinky boys. We have a lot of laundry.
So I am OK with mixing towels with the clothes. There hasn't been any fuzz. And I do throw whites in with the colors.
If I have a sweater or shirt that needs to be washed on delicate, I'll just do 2 loads that night.
The key to success is to develop the routine that will work for you.
First, make sure all the laundry is completely finished....climb Everest.
Before dinner, put a load in the washer.
After dinner, move that load to the dryer. 
If some of the clothes need to hang to dry, just put them away with tomorrow's load.
While the kids are in the bath or when you are watching your favorite TV show {Glee, anyone?} fold and put away the laundry.
One load to wash, fold, and put away is so much easier than staring up at the Mount Everest of dirty laundry.
I have things to do and, hooray, laundry isn't one of them anymore!


  1. Way to go Trina! I have no idea how I get a mountain of laundry with just two of us here mostly, but it happens from time to time! Sounds like you have a wonderful plan that works. Love the TV show while folding motivation too!

    1. Thank you Danni! When it was just 2 of us I don't think I noticed the laundry at all. Now with the feels like it is never ending. But at least it is more manageable now that I am on top of it.

  2. GREAT advice! I was just freaking out about this last night. I have an infant and a 10 year old that accumulate SO much laundry. It's good advice to just throw one load in a day. My biggest issue though is that I HATE putting clothes away. LIKE I REALLY HATE IT! :(

    1. Thanks, Lauri! I remember feeling overwhelmed when my kids were little too. A few outfits a day for the little ones.

  3. This really is such a good idea. I am determined to get on top of the laundry situation at my house. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thanks, Heather! I don't mind doing the laundry...but putting it away is my breaking point. With only one load to do, it is so much quicker now. I am kind of wondering what I should do with my emtpy laundry baskets now?? Keep? Give away?

  4. As I have been trying to do the "work smarter, not harder" thing, your tips sounds like one of the elements. I'll have to try this. Great idea, thanks for sharing ~ Amy

    1. Thanks, Amy! I try to tell my students that all the time. I think it is something we all strive for our whole's tricky!

  5. Ugh laundry I have a family of seven it never ends, I can mix oil ours but I think I just can't bring myself to add towels but I agree every day is the key

    1. Maybe you would just have 2 each day then. Towels are the only thing I enjoy folding anyway, so I wouldn't mind 2 loads if they were one of the loads.

  6. Yuck laundry!!! I hate packing away clean clothes!!!! We dont have a dryer - so everything is air dried and during Winter I always seem to have clothes hanging over heaters and doors to dry - I hate it. But now Summer is here I can dry outside on the line. Still hate folding and packing away though!

    1. Why not let out your true feelings, Nat?!? Hee Hee. I hate laundry too. And I actually air dry most of my clothes. I'm tall and can't stand it when my pants shrink up.