This Laundry Secret will Change Your Life
My #1 Laundry Secret
I have a little secret to share with you. What is it you ask? Well, it’s life changing. Seriously. And it only took me about two weeks to fully implement.
My life changing tip is this: do a load of laundry every day.
Now wait. Before you roll your eyes and click away, hear me out. I was right there with you. Every bedroom in my house had an overflowing laundry basket with pants and socks streaming out into the hallway. My kids left their wet towels on the bathroom floor and I don’t think my husband even knows how to put a pair of pants in the basket. It was bad.
On top of all that, there was at any time a full load of laundry waiting in the dryer to be folded and one or two baskets of clean laundry waiting to be folded upstairs. Needless to say, once I got around to folding them they were wrinkled beyond belief.
Living like this really bummed me out. My kids were constantly running out of school uniforms to wear, my husband was bugging me for clean socks and underwear and I could never find the particular piece of an outfit I was looking for. I was letting laundry pile up until no one had any clean clothes to wear. Then I would spend a whole day, or even two, washing and folding clothes. It was not pleasant.
I had seen suggestions that doing one load of laundry everyday would make my life easier and the job of laundry more manageable but I resisted. Why would I want to subject myself to this misery every day? I hate doing laundry! The thought of dealing with these piles of clothes every day made me sick to my stomach.
Laundry was Stressing Me Out
Laundry was seriously stressing me out. Seeing the piles of dirty clothes all over the floor made me depressed and angry. I’m a busy person! I work full time, take care of a family, and go to school. I don’t have time for this! But something had to give.
I spent an entire weekend getting all of our clothes washed and folded. Raise your hand if this happens to you too- once all the clothes are clean they won’t fit in all of the closets or drawers!
I made it a point to start Monday off with my new program- do one load of laundry every day. Now this didn’t mean that I would start a load and let it sit in there until the next day or whenever I could get to it. No, this meant that I would wash, dry, fold, and put away the entire load every day.
Beginning this program with a clean slate helped so I suggest trying to have as much of your laundry washed as possible before you implement this plan. Then every day I would do a load, alternating between whites/lights one day and darks the next. My loads were a little smaller than I normally would wash in the past but not small enough to wait an extra day. I could always find a dirty towel or sheet to throw in if the load was too small.
I incorporated laundry into my everyday activities
I incorporated laundry into my everyday activities. The first thing I do in the morning is go downstairs, feed the animals and grad a cup of coffee. Now I grab my laundry basket, head downstairs, feed the animals, start the coffee, take the laundry to the washing machine, start the load, and head back to pick up my hot coffee. I go about the rest of my day. When I get home in the late afternoon I transfer the wet clothes to the dryer. Before bedtime I go down and grab the clean clothes, dump them all out in the upstairs hallway and begin folding. My kids come and grab their clean clothes and put them away (sort of), and I put away everything else. It is actually really painless this way. One medium load of laundry only takes about five minutes to fold and separate and once it’s done- it’s done, not waiting around getting wrinkled and waiting for me to take care of it.
I have been doing this system for a month now and I have to say my mind is much clearer. I no longer see the piles of laundry and feel dread. My home is cleaner and my stress level is lower.
Try it. You can always tell yourself you’ll give it one week and if you don’t like it you can go back to your old way of doing laundry. Trust me when I say- I am not a clean freak, I have a crazy house and a crazy life- but this works and it dare I say pleasant?
Give it a shot and let me know how it’s working for you. Have any other suggestions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section.