I don't want to brag or anything, but I am an expert and NOT being able to keep up with my laundry.
I have never, ever, in my entire life been good at keeping up with laundry. I actually am super envious of people who never have piles of laundry to do. Of course as we added children to the mix and the children grew in to mini adults, the laundry situation seemed to get even more worse.
When I was in my early parenting days I had convinced myself the only thing my young children would remember was our messy laundry room and then as my kids turned into teenagers I knew there was no way to make them forget rifling through baskets of unfolded laundry to find something to wear! (Literally as I type this I'm shaking my head in embarrassment having just admitted that.)
The thing is, I'm a full time stay at home mom and while yes, I do work from home I can make my own hours, keeping up with laundry should in theory be easy! I literally have from 7am-7pm to get at least one single load of laundry done. I'm not trying to be overly dramatic, but this would eat at me. How could I NOT keep up with my laundry? Was my own laziness keeping me from just doing one load of laundry a day? But honestly, no matter how much I tried I could never figure out a method that worked for me.
I had tried other methods in the past for keeping up with my laundry. I tried only doing laundry on the weekends, however doing laundry for 5 people that meant at least 5 loads to wash, dry, and fold which meant I was literally doing laundry all day long on Saturday or Sunday.
So I tried moving the laundry to another day a week where I would normally be home anyways. Even though I will admit it was much easier this way, I could never finish all the laundry in one day and would end up having to fold (and put away) multiple loads at a time. Since this is my absolute least favorite part of laundry (duh, the washing and the drying is being done by a machine, Miranda) I would put it off and then end up with massive piles of clean laundry. Hence the rifling through previous mentioned above.
Another method I tired in order to keep up with my laundry was doing one load a day. Sounds easy enough, right? My cousin recommended I put the load on first thing in the morning that way by mid morning I'd be completely finished. Actually this did seem to semi work at helping me keep up with laundry. The problem occurred when one of my teenagers had a load to do.
We used to have a rule that as long as they brought their laundry to the laundry room, I would do it for them. It would be their responsibility to fold and put away their own laundry. So on these days, I would usually have 2-3 loads of laundry to do which shocker would end in my laundry not getting done, their laundry not being folded, and the saga of the laundry pile up began.
We had settled on our move in March 2020 so I knew going into the new house I didn't want to have the same issues keeping up with laundry.
I came up with a plan - a laundry plan!
Step 1: FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM
For me there were two main things causing me to not be able to keep up with my laundry.
1) Too much laundry needing to be done at once.
2) Laundry never getting folded.
One could also argue a third reason was I just didn't wanna, but unfortunately adulting really doesn't allow for that!
You problem may be different than mine especially if you work outside the home. Usually though there are one or two main things you can point a finger at as to why the laundry is always an issue.
QUICK TIP: DO A GOOD CLEAN OUT OF YOUR DRYER. IN ADDITION TO CLEANING OUT THE LINT TRY, PULL OUT THE DRYER AND CLEAN THE FOIL PIPING OR EVEN CONSIDER BUYING A NEW ONE SINCE THEY ARE SO INEXPENSIVE.
Step 2: CLEAR OUT THE THE LAUNDRY ROOM AND DO ALL THE LAUNDRY
This is the least fun of the steps, but it must be done. Chances are if you are reading this you too have an over abundance of laundry waiting to washed or dried or folded or put away or maybe even a mixture of all 4. I do believe my method to keeping up with your laundry must first start with a clean slate.
I recommend doing step 2 on a day where you have multiple hands on deck. Make it a family affair - after all it isn't just your laundry your doing. We planned a movie marathon and watched The Hunger Games trilogy. I would just throw the laundry in piles in the living room floor and everyone folded while we watched the movies. There were breaks of course, but it honestly took a full day to get all of the laundry done.
Step 3: CREATE A LAUNDRY SCHEDULE
This is the game changer y'all. Even if you don't have teenagers, this laundry method will work for you!
Since I had previously determined doing one load a day semi-worked for me I wanted to roll with this method if possible. I took into account I would get backed up on laundry the days my teenagers needed their laundry done too. At that point I did away with the doing their laundry as long as they brought it to the laundry room. This is where I decided to create a daily laundry schedule. Since we have 5 people in our house, each person gets their own day. I keep the laundry schedule posted in the laundry room as a reminder.
The laundry room is whoever's for the entire day. They can do as many loads as they need and it is their responsibility to wash towels and bed linens too on that day. If it isn't their laundry day and the kids need something washed, I of course will throw it in with mine or my husband's loads as I'm not trying to be full on mean about it!
Occasionally I will do mine and my husband's together because we share a hamper in our bathroom and since I do Hollis's laundry I am doing laundry 3 days a week. Honestly though to eliminate the excess pile up of laundry I don't mind! Most days I only have to do one load a day! And y'all, I've completely eliminated doing any laundry on the weekends, so I actually feel like I get a break.
QUICK TIP: IF YOU HAVE A LARGE FAMILY AND MULTIPLE BATHROOMS BUY EVERYONE THEIR OWN COLOR TOWELS AND WASH CLOTHS. NO ONE WILL EVER COMPLAIN THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TOWELS AGAIN.
We've been doing this since the beginning of quarantine and it has helped eliminate the laundry build up. I do have to remind my teenage boy that its his day, but if that's all I have to do then I don't mind that!! I'm aware that once my kids return to school in the Fall I'll probably have to go back to doing their laundry. I think as long as I maintain the same schedule and only one person's laundry gets done a day I'll be able to keep up with it. We shall see though and I'll update the blog accordingly!