Laundry is one of the banes of my existence. There has to be a way to make laundry easier right? I am forever in a battle with it and it always seems to be winning.
I have tried ignoring it for as long as possible, until the kids (or the hubby and I) are low on underwear and socks and then we do all the loads. That usually ends up with us having a laundry mountain. It gets washed and dried, but folding and putting away does not happen right away due to the sheer massiveness of the piles.
Often it stays there for longer than I like to admit. I’ve also been know to get my kids dressed from the piles of unfolded laundry! (Um…as well as getting myself dressed from that pile of unfolded laundry too.) So obviously waiting is not the solution.
I’ve read tips from different people on how to make laundry easier. There are those that say, do a load each day and that makes it easier. For me, it would drive me slightly crazy to do laundry everyday.
Finally, a few weeks back, I figured out something that makes laundry way easier! No, I don’t hire someone to come in and do all the laundry, even though that would be nice 😉
What we do now is a Family Laundry Weekend. Every weekend, starting on Saturday, together with the hubby and the kids, we do five loads of laundry; kids load, dark load, white load, coloured load and towels. Within two days, they are all washed, dried, folded and put away.
Why this works:
1. Since it’s the weekend, everyone is around to help and more people working together makes it happen faster.
2. It’s only two days of having to do laundry as opposed to everyday.
3. When you do laundry each week, the loads are smaller which in turn means less clothing has to be folded and put away.
4. By Sunday night, laundry is all complete, you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the week and no one will be running into a no clean underwear emergency.
A Few Other Tips to Make Laundry Easier:
– Get everyone to help out, even the kids, not matter how old or young they are. They can sort, carry their laundry basket to the washing machine (as long as it’s kid sized,) and put their clothes in the washer.
– When all the loads are done, get everyone to sit together and help fold the clothes and match up the socks. For the kids, you can make them this laundry folding device or buy one, and it makes it so much fun for them to fold clothes, really!!
– After that is complete, let each person take up their own folded laundry and put it away. For more incentive, we have a chore chart that we keep for the kids and laundry is one of the chores they get to mark off.
How do you get through your laundry mountains?
If you end up trying this weekend system to make laundry easier, let me know if it works for you.