It’s finally Friday, and the weekend is a welcome relief to most everyone! But all you can think about is that heap of laundry that has slowly turned into Mount Kilimanjaro as the week has progressed. “How has this happened?” you wonder.every.single.weekend. Is there never any rest for the weary? Turns out, there is…if you follow my advice below!
The sorting…oh, the sorting! Every Saturday morning, you take your family’s soiled accouterment and spend 20-30 minutes sorting before you can even begin the long process of laundry. What if I told you that this really isn’t necessary? To cut out this (very long) step, rather than keeping a hamper in each person’s room, keep multiple hampers in one centralized location of your home. (Bonus if they will all fit in your laundry room.) Put labels on each hamper to show the specified items that should be contained within. For example, one hamper for darks, one for lights/whites, one for towels, etc. Make sure your labels (and number of hampers) honor the sorting methodology you prefer to use.
Managing the laundry throughout the week. Yes, I said “THROUGHOUT the week”, not just on weekends. Doing one load of laundry each day of the week will take up very little of your time. Perhaps more importantly, it will keep the process very manageable from one day to the next. And please, for the love, finish the entire load, including folding and putting away. This will avoid creating further problems in the coming days for yourself and the rest of your family, i.e. children who go out the door to school in a wrinkled-up mess.
To get your system organized, decide which day you will do the different types of loads. For example, Monday is towel day, Tuesday is darks day, Wednesday is sheets day, Thursday is bath mats day, etc.. And if it will help you, add the day of the week to the labels you put on your various hampers. Nothing wrong with keeping yourself in check!
Get everyone involved. Make sure that everyone else in your household knows and understands the system. Your littles will love the idea that they are helping with the laundry by simply putting their clothes and towels into the correct hamper. And as for older children and…ahem…the men in our lives, sometimes learning the hard way is best. If they have a pile of dirty laundry in their respective bedroom floors, you do the darks load on Tuesday, and someone’s favorite pair of jeans didn’t get washed, so sorry, but they won’t get washed until next Tuesday (unless, gasp, that individual plans to wash a load him/herself). I guarantee those piles in bedroom floors will cease to exist over time.
Take your weekends back! The last step in this process is to enjoy your weekends like a mother! Spend time with the family and rock those play dates and birthday parties. You have everything so under control that you can actually enjoy yourself!
Chores don’t have to be so daunting and time-consuming. Sometimes it simply requires taking a step back and reconsidering the methodologies we’ve always used.
I’d love to hear any of your suggestions regarding how you have learned to save time when doing laundry or other chores around the house!