We’re six kids in and we still haven’t developed a great rhythm for washing clothes. Some times, we do one load per day. Other times, we wait and wait and are eventually forced to do ten loads in two days. Chris and I have reached a point in our marriage where we’re pretty neutral towards laundry. We’ve each picked other chores to love and despise, so we stick together on this one. Our people’s clothes must be washed, and often. No getting around it. There a few tips I’ve found along the way, that make this ever-present chore more bearable.
Bottoms up. Lately, I’ve gotten into a habit of washing everyone’s bottoms together. I go through each hamper and pull out all of the shorts and pants. I find it makes the drying and folding process quicker and simpler. Likewise, a whole mess of t-shirts would be just as straightforward. Since I wash most items on cold, mixing colors doesn’t really matter here. When you know what you’re pulling out of the dryer, it’s possible to fold an entire load in a very small window of time.
Fold with a friend. Chris and I have found laundry-folding to be super healthy for our marriage. Some heavy conversations have taken place between us over a pile of fresh clothes. Eye contact isn’t required, hands are distracted with a menial task, and bottoms are forced to stay in the same room for the duration of the conversation. We’ve also had some great date nights at home with laundry. Finding a Netflix series on which to binge makes everything more fun.
Get it out of here. We make it a goal to put laundry away right away. There will be no pawing through baskets to find clean undies, or living off of piles of shirts at the foot of the bed. If we can’t sort and deposit items immediately (after bedtime, for example), then it gets done first thing the next morning. We’re doing laundry so often, it would be downright depressing to add to an already-present pile of clean clothes.
What about you? Give to me all of your washing wisdom!