If you feel like you will NEVER conquer your laundry pile, try adopting this routine into your daily schedule.
When it comes to simplifying, one of the things I’ve struggled with the most is laundry. Thankfully my husband handles his own laundry, but that still leaves me with the never-ending laundry needs of myself and my two girls.
My old (ineffective) laundry routine:
- Throw in a load of laundry whenever I notice the hampers getting really full, or we’re out of clean socks.
- Forget about the laundry until the next morning when one of the kids complains of having no socks.
- Put the day-old wet laundry into the dryer, telling myself it doesn’t smell that mildewy. Tell the girls to borrow my socks. Wait, I don’t have any clean ones either? Send them to school without socks.
- Forget that the laundry is in the dryer until the next morning when the kids ask about the socks again.
- Attempt to fish out two matching pairs of socks from the dryer for the girls to wear to school, hoping they won’t notice that they’re still a tiny bit damp.
As you might guess, this was not exactly working out well for me. Not only did it result in a lot of last-minute scrambling, but it wasted my time.
I’d inevitably need to re-wash clothing if it had been in the washing machine too long, or I’d need to put clothing back in the dryer (or…gasp…iron it!) because it would be super wrinkled from sitting in the dryer.
I decided I needed an actual laundry routine that would allow me to do several loads throughout the week, and have time to actually wash, dry, fold, and put away each load in the same day, start to finish.
My new, simpler laundry routine:
- Throw in a load of laundry EVERY weekday morning after the kids leave for school.
- Put the laundry into the dryer when the kids get home from school.
- Fold laundry when it’s done drying (which is usually when the kids are doing their homework).
- Have the kids put their own laundry away when they’re done with homework.
This exact routine won’t work for everyone’s schedule or lifestyle, but the basic principle of it can be applied to any situation.
How to Create a Laundry Routine that Works for You:
The key is to have “laundry triggers,” which are specific times throughout the day when you’re reminded to put the laundry in, dry it, and take it out.
Your daily triggers could be after breakfast/lunch/dinner, before work/after work/after dinner, or after school/after practice/watching TV.
The key is to choose 3 set points each day when you wash, dry, and fold/put away the clothing. After a week or so, it will become a natural part of your daily routine and you won’t even have to think about it.
When I was throwing laundry in at various times on various days, it was so easy to forget about it when I got busy with other things.
Now that I have a routine in place, it’s a lot easier to remember.
Do you have a laundry routine in place? Do you prefer to do a lot of loads at once or space it out throughout the week? Let me know in the comments.