Laundry is one of those chores that people either seem to love or hate. I fall on the love side so it’s not really a chore to me but I have many friends who struggle with laundry so I wanted to address laundry management.
Day 23 Project : Evaluate your current laundry system.
Today’s project is simple, think about the current laundry system you have in place and what works or doesn’t work about it. It may be that your system works for you and you don’t struggle. If that’s the case, maybe you can glean some advice from my system but I’d suggest to just keep doing what you’re doing!
I approach laundry very simply.
Everything I wash fits into one of these 4 categories. Cloth diapers are washed every other day while the other loads are washed whenever I have a basket full.
My colors are anything that is not white! I do not separate jeans, towels, light colors and dark colors, I just wash everything as a color load. (I will however wash new jeans/bright colored shirts with darker items just in case they bleed.)
In our family, 2 days worth of clothes typically equals a laundry basket full of colors so I’m washing colors every 2 to 3 days. It takes a bit longer for white and delicate loads but I do those loads when there is enough to justify washing.
Since we do have small wardrobes, that serves as a motivation to not let laundry pile up. With a newly potty trained child in the house, there are days when he is down to 1 or 2 pair of underwear even though I washed the day before and we have 12 pair but we’ve never ran out. Another factor is that our laundry hampers are not large. If I go 3 or 4 days without washing a load, all 3 of the hampers are unable to close!
This simple system works for me.
And, even with extra laundry due to cloth diapering, I never feel overwhelmed by laundry!
Do you have a simple laundry system already or do you struggle?
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