Ever find yourself ready to tear your hair out wondering how to keep up with the laundry? Me, too. Like doing the dishes, it seems, like the instant you’re done it’s time to start all over again.
To make matters worse, until recently I was the only person in my house who knew how to do laundry. So weekends would find me sorting, washing, and folding while everyone else slept in or went to do something fun. And if I decided not to spend the day washing clothes? Sure enough, Monday morning I’d wake to my husband and kids whining about having no clean underwear.
It wasn’t fair, I tell you. So that’s why I came up with the printable routine below. With it hanging in a frame on the wall of the laundry room everyone in the house can pitch in. If that sounds like a dream to you, read on then grab my free printable routine about how to keep up with the laundry so your family can pitch in, too.
How To Keep Up With The Laundry
Everyone has a hamper. Mine is in the walk-in closet of our master bedroom. The kids’ hamper is upstairs in their bathroom. I don’t wash clothes that don’t make it to the hamper. Period. The first time my son’s Band shirt wasn’t clean the night before his concert was the last time he forgot to put his clothes in the hamper. (Fortunately, he caught this the night before and got his shirt to the laundry room the next morning.)
Every hamper has a stain stick attached. I tie one end of a string to a Resolve Stain Stick, and the other to the hamper. As we undress, we check for and treat stains. This saves me a lot of headaches on Laundry Day.
Use a sorter in the laundry room. I bought this sorting hamper and love how sturdy it is. Also, it has four compartments instead of the standard three. On laundry day there’s no need to spend time sorting because it’s already done.
Do laundry at least twice a week. I wash sheets, pillowcases, towels, and washcloths on Mondays, so we start the week with clean linens. Clothing usually gets done on Fridays though we’ll run a load during the week if one of the hampers is starting to get full.
Know the length of your wash cycles. My washer takes 25 minutes for a full load. Knowing this, I’ve built it into my daily cleaning routine, just as I’ve built in the time to switch from the washer to dryer. If you work outside of the home, start a load before leaving for the day, switch it to the dryer when you get home, and fold it as soon as it’s dry.
Speed up drying time. Remove clothing items from the washer one at a time, giving each a good shake before tossing them in the dryer. This helps reduce wrinkles and makes sure your clothes can freely tumble-dry, so they’ll dry faster.
Remove from the dryer properly. Don’t simply haul the entire load of clothes into a basket. That’s how stuff wrinkles! Take items out one at a time, immediately hanging anything that needs it. Once you’ve got things hung, you can fold the rest.
Sort items as you fold them. Sort each family members’ clothes as you fold them, and make separate stacks for bathroom and kitchen towels. Now you only have to make one trip per room to put things away.
Put away each load as it’s done. Don’t wait until you’ve finished all of the laundry to put things away! If you want your kids to put their clothes away when they get home from school, put their stacks where they’ll have to take care of them. (Stairs are perfect for this.) But out everything else away as soon as it’s dried rather than continuing to pile it on the sofa or kitchen table.
Want an easy way to put it all together? Help yourself to my free printable Laundry Day Routine!