Taming Never Ending Chores

Some jobs are never ending and laundry is one of those. All we can do is make it as easy as possible so they can be done almost without thinking.

I’ve finally gotten my laundry under control and organized to the point where it almost does itself. Not really, but it is faster and easier and seems like less work.

I used to do laundry on Saturday, save up all our dirty clothes for a whole week and then waste a beautiful weekend day getting them all clean again. I finally stopped doing that and gained an entire Saturday.

The biggest thing that helped was to make sure I had a place to sort laundry, as it became dirty. There are many laundry carts on the market with different cloth bins to sort clothes into, buy one if you can. I just used laundry baskets instead of purchasing something new, I used a Sharpie to label each basket, lights, darks, whites, towels, jeans.

I installed a shelf over the washer and dryer and put the baskets on that shelf. Now every day I gather up the laundry, take it to the laundry room and sort it into the appropriate basket. Once the sorting is done I toss which ever load is full into the washer.

It’s much easier to do a load every day or so, depending on the size of your family, than to give up a whole day folding laundry. I’ve also found that using this method the clothes actually get folded and put away. When I was doing all the laundry at once I would lose motivation about halfway through so half the clothes wouldn’t get folded or put away. We would just dig through the baskets to find what we needed with meant lots of clothes on the floor and more laundry.

Small changes in what you’ve always done can make a job like laundry easier and less time consuming. I’m sure there are plenty of other things you’d rather do on a Saturday,