Do you have a laundry schedule or do you launder sporadically? Our family is not huge (4) but I have noticed without regular laundering, I get very backed-up and the piles become overwhelming! And now with Spring/Summer at hand and more outside kids play, the baskets are piled even higher!
As a result, I have created scheduled times throughout the week to do laundry. Below, I listed two different schedules that I have tested.
- This first one, I have tested and tested for a while now. It seemed to work very well for the size of our family.
Mondays: Weekend Round-Up Clothes (all dirty clothes from the weekend gets washed, usually around 2 loads)
Wednesdays: Whatever was dirty (around 3 loads)
Fridays or Saturdays: More loads including begging (around 3 to 4 loads)
With the above schedule, I was totaling around 8 to 9 loads weekly. Although this schedule seemed to work well, I find that I was backed up on folding and putting laundry immediately. I realized part of the reason was due to the fact that I sometimes do not have the time to fold them right away (busy with kids) and then the different pieces of clothing overwhelmed me. I mean, just think about having to put away small clothes, whites, dark, towels, etc. all on the same day put a blockage on my motivation!! Anybody else feel the same way?
So to try to eliminate my lack of time and motivation to fold away various pieces of different clothing, I created a recent new schedule.
- Here is the second one:
Mondays: Weekend Round-Up (all clothes from the weekend, around 2 loads)
Wednesdays: Towels (kitchen & bath, 1 to 2 loads)
Thursdays: Kids’ clothing (Around 2 loads)
Fridays: Parents’ clothing – white & dark loads & small clothing – (About 5 loads for us because I wash heavier clothing like denim separately from lighter clothing like hubby’s shirts).
Saturdays: Beddings/More Towels/Miscellaneous (Around 3 to 4 loads).
So with this second schedule, I tend to wash more it seems, but I find that the clothes are easier to fold away. Just having to concentrate one clothing type a day creates a whole different motivation to put away immediately. Albeit, I am still trying to see if I like this one above the first.
Despite my lack of motivation to put clothes away, I find that they are kept smooth and are easier to iron (or not even iron) if they are folded/hanged and put in their locations immediately. Plus, it is much easier to find stuff when we need them:)
So these are the two laundry schedules I have been trying out. How do you go about handling laundry? Are you motivated to fold away laundry as soon as they are done? I would love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments below!