Do you procrastinate folding and putting clean clothes away?
It usually comes down to two reasons:
1. It’s a pain.
2. You don’t feel like it.
By the time you have gathered, sorted, pretreated, washed, and dried your laundry, you really just want to quit.
The down side is if you don’t put your clothes away, they’ll just sit there getting wrinkly and ultimately put on the floor, so you’re not sure what’s clean or dirty anymore. Then you end up washing them all over again!
Be kind to yourself, and finish the job. Put away each load as it comes off the clothesline or from the dryer. Don’t wait until there is a mountain of it. It only takes a few minutes.
You won’t have to see stacks of clothes on the dryer, the couch, the floor, the counter, the basket, or the chair.
Is it hard to put your clothes away?
It could be a sign that you have too many clothes for the storage space. It’s not pleasant to cram clothes in a drawer or to search for an extra hanger when there isn’t one. If all of your clean clothes don’t easily fit in the closet or the dresser drawers, see if you can make some changes.
Do a closet cleanout and give away some clothes, especially if you’ve recently bought some new ones. Store off-season clothes somewhere else to free up more space and let you easily see the clothes you can wear.
A few extra tips:
- You don’t need to fold your underwear unless you just want to.
- Socks can be washed in a bag. If you have a hard time identifying to whom they belong, write the person’s initial on the toe with a permanent marker.
- Most of our clothes go on hangers in the closet. I think it’s easier, and I like it better than trying to get a folded t-shirt off the bottom of the stack in a drawer.
- Shirts don’t need as much ironing when they’re hung up immediately. I also try to think about clothing care when I shop for clothes, and try to choose things that won’t need to be ironed.
If you need ideas to improve your laundry routine, be sure to check out the comments from the post Avoiding the Laundry Pileup.