Do you have problems getting laundry done? What about getting it put away? Has your laundry room turned into your closet? How do your kids help throughout the process? Finally, does it ever depress you to think that laundry will never end!!!
After talking with Angela Wallace about being organized we have learned that having systems in place is KEY to getting and staying organized. A system is a process that you use, for a specific task, that keeps your life flowing smoothly.
We love talking and reading about how we do things differently, what works for each of us and how we can improve on what we are currently doing. Chris Duffy talked about how her sock situation drove them to make changes and find a system that works! Chelle shared how she never hung her son’s shirts but since a discussion with Tracy she now hangs them and it is working great!
Answer the following questions along with Tracy to see if you can improve on your laundry system (process).
Where is your laundry room? How does the laundry get to the laundry room?
Our laundry room is upstairs so it is easier to get the laundry to the room. Our boys do not have laundry baskets in their rooms because the laundry room is right outside their doors. They put their dirty clothes directly into the “white clothes” basket or the “colored clothes” basket in the laundry room.
The girls have a basket in their room and Chad and I have a basket in our room. When we bring it to the laundry room it is sorted into the white/color baskets.
What is your laundry process?
I am not a routine girl and I like laundry so I do laundry when the baskets look full or when I am upstairs and feel like it (I wouldn’t suggest this if you never feel like doing laundry!!).
I always start a load of the boys colored clothes because they are already in the laundry room. Plus it makes me happy to get the basket empty right away. Then I grab the girl’s baskets and mine to sort so they are ready to go.
Once a load is dry I do NOT empty the dryer and take the clothes elsewhere.
- I STAY in the laundry room and fluff the clothes.
- I pull a few out at a time and fold and stack the shorts/pants, underclothes, and pajamas in piles by person on top of the washer and dryer (we have front loaders).
- I hang ALL shirts on the rod in our laundry room.
How does the laundry get back to where it goes?
I ask the kids and my husband to get all of their laundry put away – the pile AND their hanging clothes. They put it away! Sometimes I have to remind them or write it on a chore list but for the most part they do a good job. I am the one that sometimes has a harder time getting my clothes put away! 🙂
A lot depends on your conditions. Is there room to fold and hang clothes in your laundry room? Are you a routine person who does tasks certain days of the week? Would doing one load per day work better? Would setting a timer help you remember to switch the loads and actually get the laundry DONE (oh yeah, laundry is never really done!)?
Is your current system working for you? What changes could you make to improve it? Share in the comments! We love real-life tips that work for others!