Taming the Laundry Beast

Taming the Laundry Beast

How much laundry does a family with 4 boys and 2 grown ups make?  Almost sounds like the beginning of a joke and sometimes it seems like it is a joke. A joke on me.  It’s quite an amazing amount especially in the summer when they are outside all day and uber stinky and dirty.  Winter isn’t too much better because they need more clothes to keep warm. The only funny part about this post is the fact that it is me writing about housekeeping.  If you know me, housekeeping is not my strong suit.  But, laundry I do have mostly under control. Mostly.

Laundry In One Central Location

All laundry is kept in one central location.  For us it’s the bathroom.  I’d rather it be in the laundry room but it just doesn’t fit in there.  If the children change clothes in their bedroom, they have instructions to bring the dirty clothes immediately downstairs to the bathroom be sorted. Whether they actually do that or not… yeah, not all the time.  They usually change clothes in the bathroom anyway.

Sort Immediately

I have a laundry sorter with 4 bags.  Get a sorter with as many bags as you need (usually they come with 3 or 4 bags). I sort mine by color, keeping things simple for the boys.  Whites, colors, jeans, and towels.  Handwashed or delicates are usually mine and I keep them in a separate basket in my room. If things get put in the wrong basket, I’m in the bathroom many times during the day so it gets put in the right place soon enough.

Wash Often

Rather than doing all the laundry on one day of the week, I do one or two loads of laundry every day of the week. I don’t think there is enough time in the day for me to get all the laundry done in one day unless I went to a laundromat.

Fold and Put Away Immediately

If you are lucky enough to have a folding table in your laundry room, fold the clothes as you take them out of the dryer.  I don’t so I take the basket of clothes to my room to fold and sort on my bed.  This doesn’t always happen but I try very hard to never let laundry sit in baskets unfolded (I say this as I’m looking at a basket near my feet that has been sitting there unfolded for about 3 days). I hand the boys their pile and they are to immediately put them away in their drawers (or at least that is the plan).

Wash a Load Every Day

Well, most days at least.  I need to do about 2 loads of laundry 5 days a week to keep up.  If I need to take a day off here or there, no big deal. I don’t even think I could do all the laundry in just one day, there is just too much. I’d much rather devote 15-30 mins a day to laundry than spend the entire day doing it.

Enlist Help

The boys help with laundry.  The 3 older boys know how to start a load and transfer it to the dryer.  They help fold clothes sometimes but I prefer to do the folding myself.  I have them do it occasionally so they get practice (I always end up refolding my own clothes).

What does your laundry routine look like?

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