Finally, about two months ago, I put together a system for doing laundry. Since then, I've been behind on laundry one time for a few days, and that was only because we were gone a lot one week. That is absolutely nothing short of a miracle.
First, I divided up our laundry into categories:
- Kids' clothes
- Adult clothes
- Hubby's farm clothes (which have to be washed separately because of the lovely hog smell.)
Next, I assigned each category to a day of the week:
Monday: Wash Hubby's farm clothes
Tuesday: Wash towels
Wednesday: Kids' clothes
Thursday: Mine and Hubby's clothes
This gives me Friday and the whole weekend off from the pressure of doing laundry. If we're gone all day and I don't get a chance to do that day's laundry, I can simply move it over to a free day and stay caught up.
The key to making this schedule work is folding and putting away the clothes right away instead of dumping it all out on the couch to worry about later.
I've also found it's easier to stay caught up on folding and putting away laundry when I'm just doing one category a day. I used to tackle 6-8 loads in one day, and it was completely overwhelming to stay on top of folding and putting it all away. When you're not behind on the laundry already, folding and putting away 1 or 2 loads is not a big deal. That used to be my biggest problem, but now it's not an issue because I'm staying caught up.
Is laundry an ongoing issue for you or have you found any tricks to help you stay on top of it? I'd love to hear how you handle laundry at your house!