Laundry seems to be one of the biggest frustrations for women in maintaining their homes. I believe this is because it is a task that is literally never done. Even if you are not super organized or detail oriented, I believe each of us likes to have that all-done feeling. Dirty laundry seems to taunt us, “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah, you can’t catch me!”
Our kids were born very close to each other. I hate to think of what my laundry “strategy” was their first few years. I was great about starting it when I had enough for a full load, getting it through the machines, but once it was dry?
Oh yes, stacks and piles all over our sofa.
Yes the machines were inside the only full bathroom with nowhere to fold or sort directly from the dryer. The reality is that I was just. being. lazy. I had two small children but I know I spent time on the phone and the computer which could have been better managed. Thankfully,
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
If you are overwhelmed and behind, I recommend you follow one of the two strategies for Wednesdays: Wash Day.
Also known as: how military wives in Europe do laundry
1. If you can, I highly recommend taking it all to a local Laundromat. Take your detergent, fabric softener, all the empty hangers you can find and stop by your local bank for rolls of quarters. Tip: throw something in the crockpot or plan on ordering pizza for dinner.
2. Wash it all at the same time if you can get enough machines. There will be some staggering if you start one machine at a time.
3. Once they are dry, it is likely you will be able to get each load folded or hung up before another one finishes: different weights of fabric will take different times to dry.
4. Don’t fold sheets that you will put right back on the bed when you get home, just throw the sheets and extra pillow cases into one pillow case per set. Hang anything that you normally would as soon as you pull it out: do not waste time folding something you are just going to hang up. Use one basket or tote for your room, one for each kid’s room, one for general household linens, etc.
5. Once you get home, carry the basket and sheets for each room directly to that room. Put everything away for that room before moving on to another.
6. Take a bubble bath or call a friend and enjoy the all-done feeling for the few hours it will exist.
Need some inspiration to keep you going?
Slow and Steady Wins the Race:
Also known as, there is no way I’m taking these kids to a Laundromat
1. Gather up everything for one type of load: whites, colored clothes, towels, etc. and start it first thing in the morning.
2. If you will be at home, set a second timer from the one on the washer to alert you in 30 minutes (or the amount of time your wash cycle takes to complete if you know it).
3. When the timer goes off, or you get home from work, put the laundry in the dryer. Set the timer for 30-45 minutes depending on how long that load will need to dry.
4. Just as before: Hang anything that you normally would as soon as you pull it out: do not waste time folding something you are just going to hang up. Put everything away for that room before moving on to another.
5. Do this every day for one week. If you start today, you can be caught up by Thanksgiving.
What is the most frustrating thing to you about laundry? What is one tip you have to maintaining this area of homemaking?