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I’ll admit, this tends to be the first system that gets ignored and laundry can get behind in my house if I’m busier than normal. I try my best to keep on top of it so there isn’t piles of laundry all over!
I do my laundry on a schedule. My schedule looks like this:
- Monday: sheets/towels
- Tuesday: darks
- Wednesday: lights/brights
- Thursday: darks
- Friday: husbands work clothes
- Saturday: whites
You’ll notice I do darks two days a week, that’s because mama wears mostly black 😉 Jeans are also darks in this house. I do my whites on Saturday because if we are out and about I can usually skip a week without issue, as we don’t have a ton of whites.
I get home from dropping my son off at school at about 8:15. I immediately gather the dirty clothes from the day before (which don’t always make it into the hamper, of course) and start sorting them. I use seven, yes SEVEN, laundry sorters. Two three compartment sorters like this one, and one individual hamper for my husband’s work clothes.
- Lights & Brights
- Stain Treat
- Work Clothes
Because I do my laundry on a schedule, having a sorter for each day makes it sooo much quicker to get a load ready to wash. And because I sort our clothes every morning, they are always separated and ready to go!
Here’s the part where I show you my dirty laundry 😉
After sorting my clothes I check my “stain treat” sorter. This is where I drop stained items that need to be treated with my trusty MAGICAL Buncha Farmers stick. This thing has removed month old kool aid from a white shirt. Trust me, you need it!
I start the washer and fill with clothes, then grab my stain stick and work on any clothes that need to be washed that day. If I have extra time I might just do them all. Whichever ones aren’t being washed with the current load just get thrown in the proper sorter.
I then pull the clothes from the day before out of the dryer (if it hasn’t been done already) and fold/hang them and put them away. Right before I go to pick my son up at 11am I switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer.
A “trigger” is an important part of the system for me. When I get home from drop off the laundry starts, and before pick up it gets switched. This ensures that the clothes don’t stay wet in the washer overnight (oops!)
I have an alarm on my phone for 10:30 that says switch clothes, and another at 10:40 that says “pick up yo’ child!” It helps me to not get distracted by whatever task I’m doing and miss pickup!
Of course no one is perfect and life can throw a curveball… some days no load of laundry gets done. If that happens, I try to make up for it the next day by doing two loads!
Let me know what you think of this system or if you have any tips that would add to it! I hope you found it useful and can implement something similar in your own home 🙂
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