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Keeping it Real…Laundry Edition

It’s Monday coming off of a crazy (like stuff going on every day) school week…and there are mounds of laundry to be done.  Usually I try to do a load a day, but we haven’t been home much lately, so today is a major catch up day.

I have tried all kinds of systems to streamline the process. Currently each person has their own laundry hamper in their room, which works out nicely for not having to sort everyone’s piles into individual rooms after folding.

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Ideally all the clothes in the individual hampers end up back in the same room to be put away, maybe saving a little sorting time.  However on days like today when there are easily 8 loads to do, I bring all of the clothes into to my laundry room (which is also the downstairs bathroom) and throw them into the bathtub. Two piles, lights and darks, and start Shouting or Resolving away. It will take me all day but its nice to get it all done and put away the same day.  Although is has been know to sit in the laundry basket folded for a couple of days after too…Shhhh! 

So really there is no magic laundry system as much as I wish there was a laundry fairy that would come to my house once a week!  Dirty clothes will always be there.  And just when you think you’ve caught up there is another pile on someone’s floor.  

We would love to hear from you. Keep it real and tell us your favorite system for tackling your never ending laundry piles!

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Happy folding!

Jolene


6 Responses to Keeping it Real…Laundry Edition

  1. Christen June 3, 2015 at 1:06 am #

    Story of my life!!!

  2. Christina June 3, 2015 at 1:15 am #

    You mean to tell me there’s a system for keeping up with laundry?! That must be my problem…. Because it couldn’t be that I live with three boys who attract dirt/stains like ants to a picnic! 🙂

  3. Jolene June 3, 2015 at 1:21 am #

    Haha Christina!

  4. Lois June 5, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    I’m almost an empty nester but since my youngest son Danny came home from college a few weeks ago I’m back into the crazy laundry business!!!ahggg! Lois

  5. Jolene K July 8, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    Here’s what works for our family of 6:
    -Clothes hamper in each room; basket on top of washer for downstairs towels and dirty clothes left around.
    -Stained items do not go in hamper but get thrown in kitchen sink to immediately be washed out with cold water and a bar of soap and then soaked in dish soap and cold water in a stainless bowl until ready to wash.

    -Mondays: wash all clothes (dark load and light load) after the weekend pile-up!
    -Wednesdays: wash all bedding and bath towels (which for our household are all white so two loads of bedding and one load of towels)
    -Fridays: wash all clothes again (dark load and light load) to prepare for the weekend.
    -Other days: throw in a load here and there on a need-to basis.
    -Sundays: no laundry doing allowed! It’s liberating!

    -Fold clothes directly out of dryer (or they will pile up and never get done!) and put directly into a different wicker basic for each room.
    -Each child puts his/her own clothes away (older kids help with younger since they share rooms) before bed.

    Great read: Betty’s Book of Laundry Secrets, a Rodale Organic Style Book

    My crazily optimistic outlook on laundry (the most mundane, never-ending household task) – If I have to do it everyday, I might as well learn to do it well and enjoy it! My husband has encouraged this outlook by painting my laundry room walls a beautiful metallic silver and adding in custom white wood shelving!

  6. Jolene L July 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    Thanks for the tips! These are great. 🙂

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