Laundry is one of those chores that seems to never end. Instead of having one ‘laundry day’ where I spend hours washing all of our clothes, my laundry routine centers around washing one load of laundry every day. (Except on weekends, when I only do laundry if it is an emergency.)
Because I wash a load of laundry everyday, my laundry routine also involves sticking to a weekly laundry schedule. The laundry schedule is posted on the front of the washing machine. This is to remind everyone to get their dirty clothes down the laundry chute – and also reminds me that I need to wash them!
When it comes to laundry, I have one rule – I don’t hunt for dirty clothes. If you haven’t thrown it down the chute, it doesn’t get washed. (Which never sits well with The Goose – especially when he finds that his favorite alligator shirt is still sitting in the corner of his bedroom where he threw it when he took it off). My one exception to this rule is the first Saturday of every month, when the whole family spends a few minutes looking around for any dirty clothes that might be hiding out under beds, between couch cushions, or in school bags.
To make sorting easier I keep four laundry baskets, each labeled for easy sorting. This way I can quickly and easily sort clothes every day, which makes it so much easier to keep up with my daily laundry routine. (Because, really, if I had to sort through a huge mountain of laundry every time I needed to do laundry, we’d never have clean clothes.)
My laundry schedule looks like this:
Tuesday: White Clothes
Wednesday: Light Clothes
Thursday: Dark Clothes
Friday: Dress shirts or Sheets (I rotate them, washing dress shirts one week and sheets the next)
I start with towels because, after I’ve neglected my laundry pile over the weekend, it is easy to walk around the house and collect them from bathrooms and the kitchen. Then I toss them in the washer and begin sorting through the laundry pile looking for any hand towels or wash cloths that made their way down the chute.
I also wash my husband’s dress shirts separately because I don’t want to risk them being ruined by Gus’s muddy soccer shorts or the odd crayon that always seems to make it into the dryer. Plus, keeping them all together in one batch helps to ensure that they don’t become lost or misplaced and makes it easier for me when it comes time to iron them.
My laundry schedule is not set in stone. I might head down to wash white clothes on Tuesday, and find there to be just a few socks and a T-shirt – but then I’ll notice that the dark clothes basket is overflowing. Or, I might end up washing sheets mid-week (like this week when The Goose had a touch of the stomach flu), which pushes everything back one day.
Laundry isn’t something I enjoy doing. But I’ve found that doing just a little bit each day makes it much more manageable. (Though it still doesn’t make it fun…)