Do you ever feel like your laundry pile will never end? Some days I feel like I wash, dry, fold, and repeat all day long and the next day it’s right back where it was. Casey, my 14 month old, goes through a couple of outfits a day depending on how many times he smears food all over his clothes or has crazy diaper days where it explodes out of the diaper and all over his pants. Brethen, my 8-year-old, has his school clothes, his play clothes, his baseball clothes, and then his pj’s. My husband has his work clothes, his coaching clothes, and his yard clothes. And then there’s me with my work clothes, after work clothes, and my pj’s. Needless to say, it’s A LOT of clothes and the laundry pile grows quickly.
I am finding if I stick with a routine and make myself a schedule I can minimize the ever overflowing laundry hamper. We have a small 3 bedroom 2 bath house and a very compact laundry room so everything has to stay organized or we would look like a clothing factory…and sometimes we do =). Our bathroom has a laundry hamper that me and my husbands laundry goes in, the boys bathroom has a laundry hamper that my big boys’ clothes are supposed to be put in after coming off and the baby has one in his room, too. Each room also has a “sock bag” to keep all of the socks together. This is a trick a friend of mine taught me a while ago. If there is one thing I absolutely hate about laundry, it’s matching socks. I detest having to find socks and match them up because they never do!!! I always would end up with 25 single socks that had no mates! A “sock bag” is just a garment bag that you put your socks in AS SOON AS YOU TAKE THEM OFF. Then the garment bag zips up and no socks are able to escape to never be found again. You just toss the entire garment bag into the washer and everything stays together! I thought my friend was a GENIUS!
Once the hampers are full they go straight into the washer. It’s nice because then I know that all of that laundry goes back to each room. Towels are gathered from the bathrooms and kitchen a couple of times a week to be washed as well. Those are my favorite because I can fold them faster than the rest. Every night I throw a load in the washer without turning it on. As I start to leave for work I just pop in the laundry room and press start. When I get home from work I flip it over to the dryer, or sometimes I get a surprise and my husband has done it for me =). I fold that load and Brethen helps put it away. He’s a great helper! Then I load the washer with another load to do it all over again in the morning. I find that if I can do this everyday, and possibly more loads on the weekends, I can keep it all under control! I just have to be systematic and follow my process. If I miss a day then I know I have to make up for it the next day. But if I miss more than one day it gets out of control quickly. Hopefully, this will help your laundry stay under control, too. Happy washing!