Laundry Every Day
Ok, so this is very boring and domestic and housewifey of me, but I feel I should tell you all because it changed so much for me. I’ve started doing laundry every day. Previously (as in, like, three weeks ago), I’d do laundry when I could, and was always faced with three overflowing hampers on Saturday morning, when I should have been enjoying family time or planning a getaway (yeah, right) or something. I’d do laundry all day, and come Saturday night, Foldfest 2010 would start, usually because we couldn’t go to bed until we’d folded the mountain of laundry on our bed. Or, we’d shovel it all back into the laundry baskets, and I’d get around to folding it all the following Wednesday, right about the time the hampers were full again.
But now! Every day, I put a load of laundry into the washer, move a load into the dryer, and fold and put away one load. The whole thing takes about fifteen minutes. This means that the hampers are always almost-empty instead of almost-full, the dishtowels and washcloths that get chucked onto the basement stairs get washed on a regular basis, and no one runs out of underwear. In fact, it works so well, that on the weekends I’ve been able to not do any laundry at all, because by Saturday morning the amount of dirty stuff is usually so piddly that it’s ok to let it go for another day or two.
Sometimes I might have time to do more than one load, but I don’t. I have plenty of other things I can do, and, because the laundry gets done every day, it’s never a clothing crisis. I know that this method does mean that one load of laundry sits wet in the washer overnight, which my Laundry book tells me not to do, but considering how long it sometimes sat with the previous “method,” one day is nothing.
If you are at all overwhelmed by the laundry chores in your house, I seriously recommend doing this. Fifteen minutes a day, tops. And you’ll never face the Wall of Laundry again.