I reminisce about that one time where there was no dirty laundry in my hampers. I mean like zero! Not even a dirty rag or those odd who knows what the hecks that collect at the bottom of hampers. Nope zip nada. I refer to it as “that one time” and it is now a faint memory. “That one time” happened because I was off of work for 21 days and my main goals were: laundry, hot yoga, and going to San Francisco for 4 days. That means I did laundry consistently for approx 17 days without reproach because after all it was a planned laundry vacation. Don’t judge me please, it was a dream and I conquered it. What a sweet memory!
This morning my children were wearing mismatched socks with flair. My son had a black sock and white sock and my daughter a bright green sock and bright pink sock. C’mon kids you couldn’t even find relatively similar non matching socks?! It was a reminder that Mommy hadn’t done laundry in God knows how long. We’ve been busy having fun on my days off and well I work on the days I’m not off.
So today I spent most of my day off doing laundry. I mean it’s not a bad gig because I don’t have to wash clothes at a river on a stone (I am aware of how lucky I am to have a washer and dryer in the comfort of my own home). But even though I was at home with the AC blasting I didn’t get to hang out with the kids or read or write or do anything else other than laundry. I thought to myself- THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!
I’ve scoured the internet for solutions and also asked myself what I learned during that 17 day laundry vacation, here is what I found:
- A system is a must. There must be a system.
- One laundry load a day is another must!
- Figure out when you’ll be doing that one load and stick with it. Some lucky people have a washing machine that can be preset to start at a certain time. If that’s you, you can set it to start one hour before you wake up and ta da!
- If you are doing laundry for more than one person consensus suggests that piling all the dirty clothes, sorting it and then conquering the mountain is a good idea. I did this today there were mountains of clothes everywhere that contained every piece of dirty laundry in my household. (A blog post called these piles Mt. Laundry, amen! I wish I woulda come up with that!)
- A common suggestion was washing at the end of every day in the evening. I think is a great idea if you work during the day. I work nights so I’m not sure this is a hit for me. Not sure yet.
- I have two small woven baskets in my walk in closet next to the laundry hamper. One for dirty socks and one for my intimates. It is a game changer! (My OBGYN taught me it is ideal for women who are prone to utis to wash their delicates separate from their regular clothing, that’s been a game changer also!)
These are the 6 things I’ll focus on for the next few weeks. I will report any and all progress and new information gathered. I know from scouring the internet that I am not alone in the quest of conquering laundry. What are your best tips and suggestions? What have you learned from laundry-cations or just good sense? Do share!
All the love,