Does your laundry overwhelm you?
Are you constantly putting a load in, or freshening up a load to fold it with no wrinkles? Does it seem like a never-ending task?
Do you feel over-loaded? (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun.)
What if I told you there was a way to rid yourself of those overwhelming and never-ending feelings?
Because, sister, there is a way!
I’ve been married for a little over a month now, and it’s just my husband and I.
We don’t have that much laundry, but there are still clothes, sheets, and towels to be washed. 2-3 loads a week.
No matter the size, laundry is laundry.
I’m the creative type and as such, I love projects. So this system was perfect!
Create A “Laundry Day”
The key to stress free laundry is to create a laundry day.
Designate one day of the week to your laundry; even if you don’t clean up the rest of the house, you’ve completed the laundry for that week.
And it’s such a freeing feeling!
I love knowing that I don’t have to do laundry until the next week. That helps remove the feeling of it being a never-ending task.
Yes, we’ll always have laundry to do because we wear clothes and they need washed. But completing the project in one day, verses doing a load every single day nips those negative feelings in the bud.
Your first two weeks may seem like a nightmare (or maybe not!). Cheery forewarning, I know. There may be eight or even ten loads of laundry that first time, but don’t get discouraged.
That’s not what one week of laundry for your family accurately looks like. You won’t completely know until the second week. Don’t get discouraged, stick with it, and the results will be amazing, and truly worth it.
6 Easy Steps To Stress Free Laundry
Step 1: Choose your laundry day
Pick a day that works best for you and your schedule.
Monday is my laundry day. It’s the start of the week, and I don’t have anything major planned that day, so I can focus on getting the laundry completed.
Plus it’s nice to have the rest of the week feeling free from that household task.
Step 2: Sort the laundry
The night before your laundry day, gather up all the dirty laundry in your house, if you have children instruct them to grab their dirty laundry and bring it to you.
You can sort in the laundry room, or in the living room, or in a hallway; find a place that works for you. I know I said this only takes a day, and if you so choose to sort on the morning of your laundry day, by all means, do what works for you.
But the advantage is you get a head start.
I don’t sort my clothes, because I don’t have enough to put in separate loads. So if you aren’t a sorter, then skip this step.
One thing to note, if the first week of laundry takes a couple days, there is likely to be more dirty laundry that accumulates. Put that in a separate pile or basket. That is next week’s laundry and you only need to focus on this week’s laundry.
Let next week’s laundry take care of itself, for now anyway. 😉
Step 3: Put a load in the washer
Laundry day has begun! While this load is in the washer go about your day and do other tasks, but remember that today is mainly about laundry. Remember to focus and stay on this one task.
Step 4. Put that load in the dryer and another one in the washer
While the one load is drying, utilize that washer and put another load in! This continual cycle of constantly having the washer and dryer going is a sure-fire way of getting all the laundry done in one day.
Step 5: Fold the load of laundry and put it away!
Once you’ve gotten another cycle of clothes rolling around in the washer and dryer, fold it and put it away right then.
If you wait to fold it later, it will be hanging over you. The longer you wait to do it, the bigger the simple task seems to be.
You don’t want to have all the laundry piled up at the end otherwise it will most likely sit there. And sit there. I’ve let that happen.
Truth be told, I’ve sometimes waited to fold and put away my laundry until the next day while I talk to my sister on the phone. Not exactly a habit I should develop.
Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 until all of your laundry is done
And that’s all there is to it! Say hello to stress free laundry!
If you want some help remembering these steps, and a little psychological boost to boot, then download my 6 Steps To Stress-Free Laundry checklist, and keep it with you while you tackle laundry day!
Now like I said, the first week, it may take you all week to complete all of that. But take heart, the second week won’t take that long at all.
You’ll have even less laundry because you will only have one week’s worth of laundry to do.
And you will feel incredibly free knowing that once you’ve done all the laundry that day; you don’t have to do it again until the next week. You are laundry free for the next six days!
Now that is something to celebrate!
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