Just the mention of the word brings out a sigh, doesn't it?
I have yet to meet a mother who hasn't complained about laundry. But why is that? Laundry really is one of our easiest chores. Most of us are blessed to have a washer and dryer right in our homes. We do not have to drag the laundry basket down to the creek. We just throw the clothes in and walk away.
But maybe that's the problem. Maybe it's too easy to do the laundry and not so easy to finish the laundry. We wash and dry load after load, but then we end up with piles that never get put away.
I think I've finally found a system that works for me.
I wash and dry one load at a time. I sort, fold and put it away before starting another. It goes against everything I feel like I should be doing. It is surprisingly hard to walk by the empty washer and resist the urge to just throw another load in. But, if I can get one load fully finished and away before I start another, I am actually being much more productive.
I fold them right on top of the washer. It is a 15 minute chore, not a mountain of laundry. I still do about 3 loads a day, but it doesn't feel like it. For the first time ever, I have empty hampers...that have stayed empty.
Before, I would have a load in the washer, one in the dryer...and then forget about them until my husband would come home and need his work uniforms washed.
He would take the clothes out of the dryer, dump them somewhere, switch over the wet clothes, put in his load and go to bed. In the morning, more clothes were piled up and his were in the dryer.
So I would wake up to 3 loads to put away. This, of course, was too big of a job to tackle while I'm trying to feed the little ones breakfast and start our school day, so I would throw another load in the wash. At least I was doing something.
But really, it wasn't helping at all. Does this sound like your life? I would encourage you to be a little lazy and just do one load at a time.
Laundry is a part of life, but it doesn't have to take over your life.