As a full-time working mom of 3 in a house where my husband does all the dishes and I do all the laundry, I had to get smart about how to stay on top of the laundry for 2 adults, 3 kids and a dog.
The first thing I did was get rid of 75% of the clothes in my closet and drawers and that of my family members. I use the rule of 7 – any given type of clothing item, you really only need 7 of each. 7 sweaters, 7 pairs of jeans, 7 t-shirts, 7 tank tops, etc. By doing this, you have less to wear, wash, dry, fold and put away. If you’re honest with yourself and not a hoarder, you’ll see the logic to this. Donate the rest and feel good about helping those less fortunate than you.
Next, I implemented a system that works for making sure bottlenecks don’t occur with the laundry. See below:
- Purchase 1 basket for each member of your household, plus one for towels and miscellaneous items: https://www.costco.com/clevermade-2-pack-collapsible-laundry-basket-tote.product.100531797.html
- Once the load is done, remove from dryer and sort into baskets by family member immediately (laying somewhat flat in the basket, to minimize wrinkles while laundry is still hot). I love doing this, because your kids can help too. Additionally, if there is a lag between the time you take it out of the dryer and the time you fold, it minimizes wrinkles.
- Divide and conquer, then fold. I fold my laundry and my husbands, then will work through the kids in the morning when I get home from my workout when everyone is still asleep. During busy times, I may ask the nanny to help with folding the kid’s stuff and putting it away. More hands make less work. Older kids can take responsibility and fold their own laundry and put it away as well. Reward them with positive enforcements like allowance or fun treats.
Take a look at this process in action:
This foxprint has made my life a hell of a lot simpler, and helps keep things moving along. Sometimes the mountain of laundry feels overwhelming….but if you plan and organize – you set yourself up for success.
Stay foxxi my friends!