Oh laundry, like dishes, it’s the job that never ends. How can we keep the laundry from piling up so that we can have the satisfaction of clean clothes all put away instead of a big pile of dirty laundry?
In my college days I used to do laundry only once a month. I would wear every single thing I owned before I finally made time to go to the laundromat.
Now I think having a laundry routine makes it simpler. When I worked outside the home, I made a plan to do laundry throughout the week so I could spend my Saturdays doing something else. Years later, I still use the same routine.
My laundry routine:
- Monday – whites (includes white sheets & towels)
- Tuesday – jeans and dark towels
- Wednesday – dark clothes
- Friday – extra load if needed
Almost all of our sheets and towels are white, so it’s easy to include them with other whites on Mondays. Towels are washed only once a week. Sheets are washed and then put right back on the bed. Bedding such as duvet and mattress covers are washed once every couple of months (but if your family has allergies, do it more often).
Sorting laundry is the part I dread, and it makes me not want to start. It’s hard for me to pull out the dirty clothes to make a load.
A 3-compartment laundry sorter does it for you. When we put away our clothes at the end of the day, it’s easy to sort the clothes into the different loads right then.
Each compartment holds enough clothes for one washer-load, so I can see if I need to do laundry just by glancing at it.
To avoid washing clothes that could be worn again, I put a clothes hook on the inside of our closet door. Sometimes a shirt will only be worn for a short while. It’s not dirty, but it’s not quite fresh enough to put back with the clean clothes. We hang it on the hook to let it air out before we wear it again.
Putting clothes away? That’s another issue. Find more helpful tips at Laundry: When You’re Almost Done