Laundry has always been a loathsome chore for me. Perhaps it’s because I have an unreasonable expectation to have it completed yet, there is always more dirty laundry to wash. I’m great at getting dirty clothes washed and dried, but after that part things tend to pile up (literally). Piles of clean laundry or baskets mounded with clean clothing are often scattered around our home, and honestly it makes me anxious. When I see these mountains, I often feel as if I don’t know where to start or that I’ll never see the end of things so I abandon the chore temporarily. Unfortunately, it was like this before we had children. I’ve often attempted to have a designated “laundry day” and would find the mounds of laundry daunting so I’d procrastinate, which was problematic.
Since the quads arrival, things have only gotten worse in the laundry department. Adding four messy little people to our family meant the stacks of dirty laundry only replicated themselves like a vicious virus. I’d toil over laundry only to find more of it waiting, which made me feel uneasy. Three years into this parenting gig, I’ve finally figured out a simple system that works beautifully for us.
I COMPLETE ONE LOAD OF LAUNDRY PER DAY.
That’s it. Simple, I know, but it’s working. Every day I commit to starting a single load of laundry, folding it, and putting it away. Is the laundry ever completely done? Heck no! But, I’m keeping up with it for the first time and it feels good. There aren’t piles of clothes collecting wrinkles and begging for hangers. Best of all, I don’t feel overwhelmed by laundry any more. One load of laundry per day doesn’t really consume much time for me and it’s not so terrible.
I don’t adhere to it exactly, but I’ve found keeping a schedule helps the process. On days I’ll be at the office or that we have a lot of planned activities, I do towels or other linens because folding and putting away are more manageable. On the other days, I rotate between the kid’s clothes and ours. We have a handy laundry sorter cart in our closet that saves me a step in prepping loads. Also, the kids enjoy rolling the cart to the laundry room and helping me load the washer. To adhere to my commitment, I refrain from mixing up loads or adding random articles of clothing to a given load. I’ve found that sticking with the designated load helps me at the end because it’s somewhat sorted. It’s a waste of time having to sort through clothes to figure out whose are whose or pull clothes from wadded linens, ect.
Sunday- adult’s darks
Monday- children’s clothes (I don’t bother sorting kid clothes by color)
Wednesday- adult’s lights
Thursday- children’s clothes
Friday- sheets (I rotate every other week, kids and adults)
Saturday- adult’s lights
What tricks help you manage mundane chores?
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