We’ve all got one – the dreaded laundry pile! Or in my case, sometimes it’s a whole room 😉
Take a look at my laundry room before – I’m a little embarrassed to share this, but then again, hopefully some of you can relate!
Most of that laundry is actually clean, but clean laundry in random piles is just as annoying as a mountain of dirty clothes.
I figured I was wasting 3-5 minutes every morning trying to find my outfit I wanted to wear. I knew it was clean and in the pile somewhere and there I would search, getting frustrated.
Then try finding socks for the kids – ya right! Luckily they don’t mind wearing mismatched socks, because just finding two socks of any kind was another few minutes.
It was ridiculous and I was getting angry with myself. Why was I allowing myself to waste so much time in my week looking for laundry because I was too lazy to put it away?! I made a commitment to myself that I was going to change my ways! (or at least try really hard!!)
I started to look on pinterest for laundry tips and staying organized – I couldn’t get over how many different ways people do laundry!
Some people wait and do all of their laundry on one day – personally, this would never work for me, but for a stay-at-home mom I could definitely see this working.
Some do a load for each person in the family so everything can be sorted easily – again, I don’t think that would work for me since I’d have to wait until everyone had enough dirty laundry to make a whole load.
So after all of my “research” here’s what I find actually works for me (actually I should say US because my hubby does just as much laundry as I do 🙂 ):
- Do a load of laundry every day (there are the odd days that we can’t do a load since we’re away or too busy and I am not about to start a load at 9:00pm, so we try to make up for it by doing a couple loads the next day, or cramming everything into a really big load haha). I usually do a load in the evenings after the kids have settled for the night.
- Sort laundry into individualized baskets as you take it out of the dryer. I have a basket for each person in the family, one for towels and sheets, and one for dirty clothes. Another tip I had read was not to waste time folding the kids’ clothes. For some reason, their clothes don’t seem to wrinkle all that much and it saves a ton of time (and folding is a job I really don’t like, so it’s a win-win!)
- Put laundry away once a week. Once a week I just bring each basket to the correct bedroom and in just a few minutes all of the laundry is put away. And by doing this every week, we don’t end up with overflowing baskets of clothes (like in the first picture I showed you 😉 ) We do this on Sundays so we are ready for the week and can find clothes each morning easily!
And that’s it! Pretty simple right?! Just by doing these three steps I no longer feel like the laundry pile is taking over my life, and I have at least an extra hour of time each week that I’m not searching for clothes in the laundry room!
Here’s a picture of my laundry room on Sunday evening once the clothes are put away:
Isn’t that 1000 times nicer?? I no longer cringe when I go in there and that also makes it easier to put my laundry away each week. I know that if I don’t spend the 10 minutes putting laundry away, the room will quickly look like the before picture and I’ll be back where I started!
I hope you found a few tips that you’ll be able to try to help you with your laundry troubles!
If you found this helpful, you can also check out my last post for my daily to-do list for cleaning my house to stay “drop-in ready”.
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried this method to see how you like it (or maybe you have a different method you love). Comment below!