Laundry is a never-ending task.
I used to be frustrated with how much time I spent on laundry.
It seemed I was always washing, drying, sorting, folding, and putting away.
UNTIL…I discovered this laundry routine.
This laundry routine is a super effective to stay on top of the piles of laundry.
I have 6 steps for you to revolutionize the way you do laundry in your home.
6 Steps to a Laundry Routine
#1: Only step foot in your laundry room to do laundry twice per day.
Technically, you will go in there more often when there is some sort of an accident or to wash sheets – but the bulk of the work will be twice a day
The first time you step foot in your laundry room will be to load today’s laundry and fold the laundry that is hanging or in the dryer from yesterday’s washing.
The second time will be to hang the clothes you just washed and load the ones you want in your dryer.
Every day you are washing and drying one load, and folding and putting away another load.
Keep reading because I will walk you through a scenario of this laundry routine.
#2: Enlist the help of your children.
Plan your two main laundry tasks when you can include your children.
I have one child that does the first shift and another to do the second.
As part of their weekly chores, two children have laundry shift #1 and laundry shift #2.
#3: If you have a large family, do not skip a laundry day ever.
Trust me on this.
It PILES up so fast.
If you can stay consistent with one load a day, the laundry piles will start to diminish.
If you have a ton of laundry to do and you want to start this routine, I would suggest you spend a day getting to square one. Once everything is clean and put away, then this routine will make laundry so much easier.
#4: Divide your laundry into days.
Right now, I have four days of laundry on a rotation.
First, it is big kids clothes. Second, it is little kids clothes. Third, it is the adults clothes. Finally, it ends with towels.
Then, we start again in the same order: big kids, little kids, adults, towels. There is not a specific exact day just a rotation that continuously (and forever!) continues.
I also wash sheets on Wednesdays. Make this a part of your laundry routine to not get behind.
#5: Have an exact location for dirty clothes.
Since my kids share rooms, the little kids have a hamper in their room, the big kids have their own, and then hubby and I have one in our closet.
I then keep the baskets in the laundry room for towels that end up everywhere and soiled items that need to be washed asap.
Another idea would be to use something similar to this cube system with baskets and each member of the family could have a cube in the laundry room to put their clothes.
I would still recommend a dirty clothes basket in each room, but keeping one in the laundry room as well can be a great way to corral them and keep them separated.
#6: A quick scenario.
Let’s say it is Tuesday morning. I always start the first load before we begin our school day.
- The first shift laundry helper grabs the big kids clothes.
- They load them into the washer (we just wash on cold – unless it is sheets. I have not had any problem with color bleeding or whites turning out a different color.)
- They then help fold the clothes (using the amazing KonMari method of folding) that were hanging and/or dried from yesterday and put them away.
- Second shift begins when I hear the beep go off on the washer. The second shift laundry helper then loads the clothes that I tell them to into the dryer and helps me hang the items that I want to line dry. I am caught up with laundry for this day.
Now it is Wednesday after lunch:
- The first shift laundry helper goes and grabs the little kids clothes from their room.
- They load them with any other items I give them and start the washing machine.
- They then grab Tuesday’s clothes that are now dry from the line and the dryer and help me fold them and put them away.
- Once the clothes are washed, the second shift helper helps me hang the items and place the ones in the dryer that are finished. Laundry is now done for that day.
Why I Love Having a Laundry Routine
It has cut down on the time I spend on sorting laundry by dividing it into days.
I also have two specific times to work on laundry. I know when it needs to get done rather than putting it off.
It might take some time to adopt your own routine and make it work for you.
But once you do, I promise you your life will be changed. Being on top of the laundry makes me one happy momma. And I think it will make you happy, too!