WFMW: Never Done Laundry

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Before we begin, the winner of One Thousand Gifts is Caroline. Congratulations! Send Megan an email at megan(at)worldwidelighthouse(dot)com and she will get the book to you.

It is Works for Me Wednesday, and do you know what works for me?

I wish this was my laundry room - source

Never Done Laundry

I've come to embrace it. I only have two kids, but they are boys, so I think that in terms of laundry they count as at least four humans.

They can make things dirty.

I used to spend part of every day doing laundry for them. I got tired of that because I realized that no matter how hard I worked, the laundry was never "done." There was always more waiting. I decided that instead of trying to wash/dry/fold/put away every single day, it would be perfectly acceptable for me to tackle only part of that job every few days.


Washing and drying is not hard because (well) I have machines for that. The folding and putting away are time consuming, especially when you do it everyday. It feels more efficient to me to wait, and then tackle a huge pile of clothes at once. If I am going to fold, then I am going to take over the entire family room and fold, dog gone it!

So here is what I do:

I wash and dry multiple loads. When the load is dry, I place the potentially wrinkled items (t-shirts, pants) over the side of the basket, and everything else gets dumped in the basket. I have hangers nearby to hang up what must be hung up.

Repeat until basket is overflowing.
This may take two or three days. . . hence, the never done part.

Then, when the basket is completely invisible, I face reality and have a great big folding party. I do something for myself while I fold - talk on the phone, watch TV, or listen to a podcast.

The overflowing basket I showed you turned into these two loads of folded clothes.

I organize the clothes by rooms and then put them away.

This crazy system works for me - how do you tame the laundry beast?

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6 Responses to “WFMW: Never Done Laundry”

  1. Laundry is actually the one household chore I don't mind and even look forward to.  I think I like it because there is a beginning and tangible end.  But I think the main reason I like it is because when we built this house, Bryant had the forethought to make a space for a laundry room.  Granted, it is not so serene as the one pictured above, but it is sufficient, with the washer/dryer raised up (which saves so much bending over), a utility sink (to soak all those dirties that little boys and baby girls can make), and it has lots and lots of storage space.  It is also right beside the children's rooms, so their laundry never makes it past there.  It gets folded in piles on top of the w/d and put away straight into their drawers.  But even if things don't get put away quickly (or even within a week), the laundry room comes equipped with another wonderful feature - a door!  I love it.  It also doubles as an extra closet when the drawers and closets in our room just don't seem to have room for anything else.  Anyway, that is how I tame y laundry beast, and I feel just a little more Martha every time I do it.

  2. ThethingsIammadeofAugust 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    I like your clean laundry ends up on the bed and that is my motivation to fold! If I want to sleep it must get done. It is also nearly the only time during the week that I watch TV so I try to pick a day and time that matches up with something I want to watch.

  3. Ah, that sounds so nice - a door!  And genius location.  Way to go, Bryant!

  4. Suzanne WestenhoferAugust 10, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    I tackle it all in one day and knock out the sheets, towels, whites that go in the dryer, whites that hang up, colors that go in the dryer, colors that hang up, denim, and underwear. Occasionally there's the load of dog towels thrown in the mix. Thankfully my sweet husband does his own laundry!

  5. Did I really win?!? I can't believe it. I am so excited! Thanks Courtney.

    Laundry... the never ending story. I usually tackle it one or two days a week just b/c I can't bear to think that there will be more when I am finished. You are right. It is never done. Once it is folded I separate by rooms and put each boys' clothes in their box on the stairs. I am slowly but surely teaching them to put their laundry away and giving up a little bit of the neatness factor while they learn to keep things folded. 

  6. I have a very similar "system." Although I like to throw in a load every day or so, the clean stuff piles up until I have a folding party.  I should be having one of my mega folding sessions today, I'm way behind!