Do you constantly feel overwhelmed by laundry? Keep up with the 5 best tips!
Does the never-ending chore of laundry feel like Groundhogs Day?
I can totally relate to your feeling of laundry overwhelm.
As a busy working mom piles of laundry stress me out.
They make me feel guilty, like I’m not taking care of my family.
The bigger the laundry mountain gets the more frustrated I feel.
How can you keep finding motivation to wash clothes and fold laundry when it just never ends, right?
How to Never Do Laundry
I think we’ve all been there, so overwhelmed by laundry that you’ve wondered how to never do laundry again.
When I win the lottery I for sure will never do laundry again!
While we all wait for that winning lottery ticket there are real ways to never do laundry.
Five ways to never do laundry include:
- Drop all your laundry off at the wash and fold every week
- Hire a neighbor to pick up your dirty laundry twice a week and return it folded
- Pay your kid’s babysitter extra to do your laundry for you.
- Trade chores with your husband and have him do all the laundry
- Let your kids shower in their clothes and run around naked while their clothes dry. `
Okay, so that last option might seem a little extreme, but you know it’s crossed your mind before!
Why Do I Hate Doing Laundry?
Have you ever stopped to consider the question, “Why do I hate doing laundry?”
After a laundry melt down this year, I pulled myself back together and really thought about that question.
Your reasons might be different, but these are the top reasons I hate doing laundry:
- I always forget to put the wash in the dryer, so I have to do the same load at least twice and then the next load doesn’t get done
- Clean laundry waiting to be put away makes me feel like a bad mom and wife
- Laundry takes up time I could be spending with my family or working on my business
- Getting a load of laundry washed, dried, folded and put away in one day feels unattainable
- The laundry is never ever ever done.
I want to stop right here and address reason #4 real quick.
I’m not sure where the idea came from that the best way to do laundry is to wash, dry fold and put it away all at one time.
Because that just doesn’t work for everyone. Especially moms with kids.
Every time I read or hear someone recommended that I start to hyperventilate.
You CAN do laundry in phases, on different days AND still get it done!
Why do we fold laundry anyway?
By now there must he a machine that will just fold the laundry for us right?!
Because let’s face it, folding laundry motivation is hard to come by as a working mom.
Folding laundry does serve a couple good purposes.
- Folded laundry is easier to put away then a balled up mess of clothes
- Folded laundry comes out of the dresser drawer much less wrinkled.
- There’s limited space in the closet to hang everything
I’m by no means an expert when it comes to laundry folding – I’m more a just get the job done kind of mom.
I watched the Youtube video of how Marie Kondo folds clothes and it gave me so much anxiety.
Take my advice and don’t watch it unless you want to hate doing laundry more then you already do!
Laundry Secrets Spilled
I was finally so overwhelmed by laundry that I asked over 1000 moms for their magic methods, tips and secret tricks, on how to keep up with laundry.
The replies full of helpful tips and laundry hacks blew me away.
The amount of information so many busy women shared completely surprised me.
I tried out A LOT of their secrets to laundry success.
And after finding a sustainable way to keep up with my family’s laundry I knew I had to share the best tips on tackling laundry with you.
The 5 Best Tips on How to Keep Up with Laundry
I still laugh that it took me asking over 1000 moms for their laundry secrets to discover this laundry hack.
Use Alexa or Hey Google to remind you to move the laundry from the washer to the dryer and then to repeat the process.
And I am forever grateful to the mom who shared her never fail laundry tip.
I don’t know about you but one of my biggest hurdles doing laundry moving the wet clothes from the washer into the dryer.
That should be the easy part, right?
They end up siting in the washer too long, get stinky and have to be washed again.
And then the next load doesn’t get done increasing the size of waiting dirty laundry pile.
It turned out one piece of the laundry overwhelm solution was sitting right next to my desk the whole time.
Keeping up with the laundry is so much easier using Alexa on my Echo Show. Now I just ask Alexa to remined me to do it!
How to use an Alexa device for laundry or (Hey Google if you have a Google Nest device.)
- As soon as you turn the washing machine ask Alexa to remind you in 30 minutes to put the wash in the dryer.
- Then ask Alexa to remind you in 60 minutes to put the laundry in the dryer.
Seriously, this simple solution has changed my life.
The 30 and 60 minute time blocks work great for me but choose time blocks that work for you (and your washing machine!)
Try adding time in 15 or 30 minutes blocks so you can still get other things accomplished.
2. Sort by person when items come out of the Dryer
Many of the moms who replied to my request for laundry help said they find it helpful to wash each family member’s laundry by itself.
I tried it but it didn’t work for me.
What I recommend is to sort the laundry by person as you pull it out of the dryer.
Keep a clean laundry basket in the laundry room for each person (or two people).
You can also sort by bedroom the cloths are going to or any sorting method that works for your family.
Having smaller clean piles to fold does three things
- It makes the size of the task less overwhelming so its easier to motivate yourself to get started.
- Since there the pile to fold is smaller you can squeeze it into the margin’s of your day easer.
- You can actually FINISH a part of the laundry when someone’s clean clothes are folded and put away.
During my experiment I timed it and it took just under three minutes to sort a normal size load of laundry coming out of the dryer.
How I Sort my Family’s Laundry
- I keep two clean laundry baskets in the laundry room, one on top of the dryer and one on the floor.
- I put my and my daughter’s clean dry clothes and my daughter’s clothes in one laundry basket.
- My husband’s clothes go into a second laundry basket.
- Towels usually go into my laundry basket.
Let’s talk towels real quick.
Towels take up a lot of space in my clean laundry basket but are quick to fold and put away.
If they aren’t easy for you to put away ask yourself why.
Are there too many towels stuffed into towel closet?
Pull out the ones you don’t regularly use and store them somewhere else.
Under the bed boxes are great for extra towels and sheets.
In 6 mo if you haven’t used them consider donating them or moving them to your garage to use as rags.
3. ALL Kids 4 and Older Can Help With the Laundry
Your children five and over can help fold the laundry, no matter how imperfect, and put it away.
4 year olds can help too but for your own sanity you might only want to assign them the chore of putting some clothes away.
This laundry tip was really hard for me to implement.
The most important part is matching your child’s abilities to your level of patience.
It took me a lot of deep breathing to let my 5 year old put away her laundry HER WAY.
And it took stickers on chore chart for her to do it consistently.
But wow, what a difference it has made reducing my laundry overwhelm!
I know myself well enough to know that I don’t have the patience for her to fold the laundry.
- I fold her laundry at the same time as I fold mine.
- Sometimes we put it all away at the same time.
- Some days we have a race.
- And sometimes she really wants a sticker and starts putting her laundry away without being asked.
And as long her clothes end up in the right drawers, she gets her sticker and I get to keep up with our laundry.
If you have pre-teens or teenagers start assigning them laundry responsibilities ASAP!
Every kid no matter their age has a currency, use it to keep up with the laundry!
4. Wash Laundry Multiple Times a Week
The best way to keep up with laundry is to wash and dry a load or two every day or two.
IMPORTANT: I am not saying fold and put laundry away every day.
After experimenting with a lot of laundry washing schedules – based on recommended by of A LOT of other mom’s – I discovered what works.
First I tried out doing laundry one day a week and it was very overwhelming.
- The laundry pile by Saturday was HUGE
- And then spending most of Saturday doing laundry was frustrating.
Next I tried assigning laundry to Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- But having specific days that I had to do the laundry was stressful as a busy working mom.
After trying different schedules. I recommend folding and putting clothes away in small batches.
This can be done during the margins of mom life to reduce laundry overwhelm.
I usually toss a load in the washer at night then start it in the morning when I start the coffee.
- I ask Alexa to remind me to put it in the dryer.
- Later in the day I repeat the process and sort the laundry waiting in the dryer into each person’s laundry basket.
The clean clothes might not get folded and put away they day they are washed but they are clean and ready.
5. The Laundry Will Never Be Done And That’s Okay
My 5th and last tip is to get comfortable with the idea that the laundry will never really be done.
As satisfying as it is to check things off our to-do lists, laundry like making dinner is one of those things we moms face every day.
Everyday your family has to eat and every day they are going to create more laundry to be done.
Small wins like getting one person’s laundry folded and put away provides the sense of finishing the task.
When you find a stray dirty sock after having just put folded clean clothes away, toss that sock in the washing machine to be part of whatever load gets washed next.
Stop beating yourself up about getting all the laundry DONE.
Adopt new habits that help you keep up with it to reduce your overwhelm.
The key to keeping up with laundry is to create easy habits like using Alexa to remind you to move wet clothes to the dryer
Or to spend 15 minutes folding laundry after the kids are in bed.
Sort your family’s clean laundry as you take it our of the dryer to create smaller more manageable piles to fold and put away.
Enlist your kids and teenagers to help. At the very least they can put their clean clothes away!
Keep the washing machine going all week so clothes are always clean and available to be folded in the margins of your life.
And accept that the laundry will never really be done – and that’s ok!
Stop hating doing laundry by building in small wins.
The reasons you hate doing laundry might be different then why I hate laundry.
Once you are honest with yourself about why you hate the laundry you can make a plan to create new laundry habits to banish laundry overwhelm for good!