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What Works Wednesday: Laundry

Laundry used to be one of my least favorite household tasks. I mean, it’s still not my favorite, but I’ve found a way to not be overwhelmed by it.

I used to try to do all our laundry on one day over the weekend. It was miserable: I would have at least 6 loads to complete, forget to move loads around, have a massive pile to fold or hang up at the end of the day, etc. One time I legitimately forgot a load a laundry in the washer for five days. Yikes!! Doing it all on one day just wasn’t working anymore.

A few people/blogs I follow talked about doing a load of laundry every day. That sounded horrible to me. I already didn’t like laundry, why would I subject myself to it every.single.day.?!

During quarantine, I decided to give it a try. One load a day for two weeks, just to see if it was worth it. And, y’all, let me tell you, I’m never going back. It has been such a game changer to me! Instead of laundry being this overwhelming task, it is so much more manageable.

Here’s what I do: Each day has a specific load “assigned” to it. Maggie’s on Monday, Colors on Tuesday, Work/Delicates on Wednesday, etc. In the morning, I gather the clothes to be washed that day and start the washer. Around lunch, I move the load into the dryer. Around dinner, I bring up the dry clothes and put the basket in the living room. Then after Maggie goes to sleep, I fold and hangup clothes while watching TV with my husband. The only difference is on Mondays when I fold and put away Maggie’s laundry before bedtime to make sure it’s put away before she falls asleep.

I also keep a basket downstairs in the laundry room to hold any clothes that needed to be treated or were so dirty they went straight to the laundry room.

Have a question about my laundry system? How do you manage the laundry for your family? I’d love to know what works for you!

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