Do you have piles of laundry on your closet floor? Behind your bedroom door? Under your children’s beds? Are your laundry baskets overflowing? Do you find yourself questioning which pile is the clean pile?
You need to take control of your laundry… yesterday!
Taking control of your laundry can only be accomplished if you have a fully functioning washing machine and dryer. If either of your machines are misbehaving frequently, the first step you will need to take is to find a replacement. Failure to work with proper equipment will result in laundry failures despite your best efforts.
Now that you are up and running, let’s get started!
1. Purge Your Closet
The top signal that it is time to do laundry is when there are no more clothes to wear. When this happens, you are forced to pull out the spray freshener or do a load of laundry (dire situations may require you do both – wink).
Reducing the amount of clothing your family owns will help you to maintain the greatest amount of control. No, your son doesn’t need seventy-five collared shirts, and your daughter doesn’t need thirty pairs of jeans. Trust me, I’m a recovering thrift store-oholic that had a son with over seventy-five collared shirts, ten pull overs, and more than fifty t-shirts! That was just the bulk of one of my child’s closets! (Shameful, I know) We have since adopted a twenty shirt rule with an additional requirement that before new clothing comes in, old clothing must come out!
*Note: We purge even further at the start and end of each season.
2. Toss Those Baskets
An overflowing basket is another signal that it is time to wash clothes. If you have a basket in every bedroom and bathroom, this can be more than six baskets. With each basket holding an average of two loads of laundry, that’s TWELVE loads of laundry! This doesn’t include regular washing of your bed linens either. After adding those in, you are likely look at more than fifteen loads of laundry before you realize it is time to get it done!
When was the last time you had a fifteen load marathon?
Two baskets is all you need! One for you and one for your children!
If you must, keep your old baskets in your laundry room for sorting and transferring laundry only! If you find yourself sneaking them back into the bedrooms, pull them back out and add them to your garage sale storage.
3. Wash DAILY
I know, you hear this all the time. But honestly, how difficult is it to wash a load of laundry each day? Including folding, you are looking at devoting fifteen minutes of your day! Fifteen minutes each day is much easier than hours, upon hours, each weekend (or an entire weekend each month)
Commit to washing daily for the next month so you can experiment with what method is the less stressful for you and your family AND which method you prefer.
4. Don’t Start…
Don’t start more laundry than you can finish. What that means is, don’t start ANY laundry that you do not believe you will be able to complete by folding AND putting away! This is difficult for most of us. Sure, we can get that laundry washed – folding and putting away is a whole other battle. If you’re not up for it, don’t start more than your one load each day.
5. About those socks and underwear…
Once a sock or undergarment gets a hole in it, toss it. This will keep your stash down so you don’t find yourself with hundreds of socks without feet.
Match all of the socks you can with each load and store any unmatched socks in a bag, or bin, in your laundry room. After all laundry is caught-up at the end of the week, have a quick matching marathon and toss whatever is remaining! *Note: Only toss your leftovers after you are certain all of the laundry is complete.