WWFY: Laundry Systems

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’m running a little late today.  It’s Spring Break and I’ve been enjoying just hanging out with the boys and taking advantage of not having to rush anywhere first thing in the morning.  I did have plans of getting some Spring Cleaning done, but I haven’t actually gotten to any of it yet, I’m always finding reasons not to start.  Today I decided to stop the procrastinating and spend the day getting all caught up on the usual stuff.  Maybe once that is done, I’ll be able to focus on the seasonal cleaning tasks.  I think now is a great time to really think about my cleaning schedule and make some changes to it, starting with my least favorite thing:  Laundry.

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Laundry

As with all household cleaning, there are so many ways to look at and think about Laundry. Everyone has their own way of doing it.  From how to sort, to how to pre-treat, to whether you iron or hang dry or whatever else your laundry needs require.  For today’s post, because it is a post and not a novel, I’m just looking at a couple of different options when it comes to frequency.

Laundry Day:

Dedicating one whole day to laundry every week or two, is a pretty popular option.  Aside from personal preference, there are many reasons why this system might work best for you.

  • maybe you live in an apartment or a rental that doesn’t have in suite laundry facilities.  Setting aside one day to hit up the laundromat or laundry room of your building might make more sense than making many smaller trips.
  • maybe you work full-time and would rather not think about laundry during your work week.  For many working people doing laundry on a day off is the way to go.  I know many people who opt to do laundry and housecleaning all on one of their days off, rather than spread out throughout the week.
  • your laundry room is in an awkward spot in your home, such as an unfinished basement or out in the garage, especially if you have little ones.  Making multiple trips there throughout the day can be a pain.
  • you have older children who are responsible for laundering their own clothes.  It might work best to assign them a day for theirs and you take a day for yours.

No matter the reason, setting aside a whole day for laundry works well for many people.  The bonus with laundry, is that even though it takes a while to get everything washed and dried, while the washing and drying are happening you can be doing something else at the same time.  And lets face it, at the end of the day, having all laundry items put away and having all hampers empty can be a GREAT feeling.

One Load a Day

This is a popular system for many people.  I hear, more and more, from friends and family who have adopted this approach and are loving it.  This is a great option for so many reasons.

  1. You only have to worry about ONE load a day.
  2. It helps stay on top of laundry without having to spend a whole day doing it
  3. Even if you work outside the home, you can do this.  Toss the clothes in the washer before you leave for work, toss them in the dryer when you get home, and then fold and put away before bed time.
  4. If you get behind, this is a great way to get caught up.  Do one load a day during the week and then take a whole day on the weekend to finish it off.

I have been a big fan of this method for a lot of years now.  Though, since we’ve moved I find it harder to keep on top of.  In our old home our laundry was in our hallway, so I walked by the machines multiple times a day, it was easy to remember to do the laundry.  The laundry in our new home is a little more out-of-the-way, and more out of sight of mind, but I’m working on it.  What I like most about this method is that it embraces the never-ending cycle part of laundry.  For me, it’s bad enough when I spend the day cleaning only to turn around 5 minutes after the boys are home and wonder why I bothered, :-) I don’t want that feeling with the laundry too.  Especially since laundry is my LEAST favorite chore.

As You Need To:

I always say I want to do my laundry this way, but it never works out.  The idea actually makes a load of sense. (no pun intended)  Empty your hampers every day into the washing machine, or into a laundry sorter, when you have enough for a load, toss it in the wash.  Simple!  And when you pair it with this great chart from Organize and Decorate Everything, about how often you should wash your clothes, I think this system could cut down on laundry time in a big way.

I’m seriously thinking of giving this one a whirl, or course that means getting all caught up on laundry, which means spending a day doing it, but I figure spring cleaning time is a good time to do it, right?

What’s your laundry system?  Any tips or tricks you’d like to share for making laundry easier?

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Alli March

Slightly distracted, mildly frazzled, always crazy busy with something, (even when I'm doing nothing) and loving the adventure of marriage and motherhood!

10 Comments:

  1. I used to like doing a load a day but now with time-of-use charges for electricity we’re doing it all on the weekends. I’m too pooped to deal with it in the evenings (except once in awhile for an emergency load) and I refuse to pay the crazy high costs for daytime use. In the summer I may do a load a day again because I can dry a lot of it outside which will save a lot. The worst part about doing it all in one day is the folding!

    • Hi Hilda,

      Oh, I’m so thankful we don’t have those yet, but I think they will be coming. This year I want to put in a drying line or rack in our back yard so I can dry the clothes outside. Living in southern BC, I think I could probably use the line dry method almost all year long, except for our rainy days lol.

      Folding is my least favorite part too, it’s not too bad if I do a load a day, but doing all of it in one day makes it a struggle to get things folded. I tend to do ok until the last couple of loads, which usually end up being right around dinner and bed time, go figure. Those ones tend to get tossed into baskets. I’m learning to leave the towels and rags until the end for just that reason lol

      I hope you’re having fantastic week so far!

  2. Thank you for linking to my post. :) I usually do a load a day, then I don’t have a hard time getting it washed, dried, and folded in the same day. Pinning!

    • Hi Leanne,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. That printable you made is fantastic. I’ve been using it as a guideline for the last week and it has made a huge difference in how much laundry I have to do. I try for the load a day too, though following the guidelines you shared I don’t think I’ll have a full five loads this week, which is a bonus because I can fit in the comforters and other non-weekly bedding on the weekend when I tackle spring cleaning the bedrooms.

      I hope you’re having a great week so far!

      Alli

  3. I usually do all my laundry on the weekend, with the time use charges it’s cheaper on weekends. To my regret I must say that I put most of my laundry in the dryer except for my fine linnen and my synthetics. Those I hang to dry in front of the heating. When summer begins, I hang everything to dry outside except my towels (I like it when they’re more fluffy from the dryer). When I don’t have much time on weekends, I do 1 load a day but I do set my timer on my washingmachine so it starts when the energycost is lower.

    • Hi Kaat,

      Oh I wish my washing machine had a timer on it. I miss that from my old set. I used to load it at night and have it set to come on so that by the time I woke up in the morning, it was just finishing up, then I could toss it in the dryer and have my load of the day dry, folded and put away before 9 am. lol. I can’t hang dry much right now, though I’m really hoping to change that this spring/summer. Weekends seem to be a popular time to do the laundry!

      I hope you’re having a fabulous week so far!

      Alli

  4. Dinne in the desert

    We have four adults living in our home. Each of them does their personal laundry on a different day. For now, our power rates are not higher or lower depending on time of day/use, but that could change. I do the “household” laundry on Friday morning so that all of the towels and bedding are fresh for the weekends. I do, however, do a lot of line drying because I love the smell of fresh laundry. I also use an old fashioned washer and dryer — not an HE system. Hard, hard water and HE systems do not go well together…

    • Hi Dianne,

      I so badly want to put in a line or drying rack in our back yard. Our oldest is starting to learn how to do his own laundry, which is rather nice, that’s one less load a week, give or take, for me to do. I do our bedding on Mondays and our Towels and Rags on Fridays, thought I’m thinking of doing them both on the same day. We’ll see. Mondays are the day I dust and vacuum our upper level, so I tend to strip the beds that day too so I can give the mattresses a quick vacuum while it’s up there.

      Hard water is a pain in the butt. Our old place was hard water. I found our HE worked ok, but I had to make sure to give it a cleaning EVERY month, and to wipe it out after each use, but aside from volume, and the sanitary cycle, I didn’t notice any difference in how clean our clothes got from the HE verses the old fashioned one we had before it. We’re in a rental now, with softer water, but we have an oldfashioned set. Part of me would LOVE to buy a set of HE but these ones work just fine for us for now.

      I hope you have a wonderful week!

      Alli

      • Dianne in the desert

        Hi, Alli! Another area of concern for many households is the water bills. We are lucky in that respect. Until our meter goes over 10 thousand gallons, we have a flat rate of less than $50 per month. We never do partial loads without adjusting the water level in the machine. The dryer is an older model, but does have cool down and that is what I use on knits. Jeans and other heavy fabrics can be hung until they are damp and then put into the dryer to remove wrinkles, if necessary. I still have “stretchers” to use on slacks and such and I still use them. Sometimes being old and old-fashioned pays dividends. Our power bills are under $150 even in the summer with two HVAC units running, but that has to do with where we live.

        • Those are really good points Dianne. I like the old fashioned way of doing things. The more I explore “old” methods, the more I discover that they are often times easier or work better than the “new” ones.

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