Do NOT do laundry every day. Put it off until you have at least two large loads that need your attention.
Yes, you read correctly. And yes, this goes against almost everything I’ve ever read, heard about or believed in regards to “doing laundry”. Before you throw fabric softener at me – let me explain…
Housekeeping blogs and books advise, “Wash/dry/fold and put up one load of laundry every day.” But if they could see my schedule, they’d realize that method just doesn’t work for me. Between homeschooling, playing chauffer to my kiddos and trying to conquer my clutter (with some writing thrown in there for good measure), the laundry doesn’t always get top priority. I’ve tried the “every day” method, but it only worked for a little while.
Five people live in my house and I can easily wash/dry/fold and put up a small to medium size load of clothes EVERY day. However, I would rather wash and dry two extra large loads of clothes every few days…then fold them all at once.
If you are a “daily laundry person”, you might be wondering, “Why in the world have you decided that breaking the traditional “every day rule” is best?”
Here’s a little conversation I had in my head while answering your very relevant question:
You: So…why do you wash clothes every few days instead of every day?
You: Cause why?
Me: Cause I want to.
You: Can you stop using the logic of a 4 year old?
Me: What happens if I don’t stop?
You: Time out, Donna. That’s what happens.
Me: You’re not my mama. *sticks out tongue*
You: This is YOUR imaginary conversation, remember? *sigh* BACK to my question… Why do you use this laundry method? Does it save on energy bills?
Me: Um…energy savings? I have no clue. I guess I should google that.
You: *deeper sigh* Other than fueling your obvious time management issues, why does this method work for you?
Me: If I fold only one load, It’s over pretty quickly. You’d think that would be a good thing, right? WRONG. I need time to process, people! I like to do mental multitasking.
With larger loads to fold, I have time to mull over my manuscript ideas, new songs running ‘round in my head and chit-chat with the Lord. (you know, pray.)
I even have time to have imaginary conversations like this one.
You: oh joy.
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That was painful to read, wasn’t it? I know. So thanks for hanging in there. The post is almost done. Really. Honest. For real.
Anyway…If you have a schedule (and personality) like mine, then my method might work for you. Let me know if it does.
One caveat: If you’re last name is Duggar or Gosselin, disregard this post entirely. 🙂
And if you get WAY behind on clothes – I’ll share my thoughts next Monday on how to get caught up and have fun doing it!