I had three large laundry bins in my laundry room, which were constantly overflowing. I felt like I was doing tons of laundry all the time, yet my son would still ask me, "Do I have any clean boxers? There are none in my drawer." It was constantly hanging over my head.
Then I discovered this tip over at "I'm an Organizing Junkie." Like she said it did to her, it changed my life.
I no longer have bins in my laundry room for colors, whites, etc. I no longer have mountains of laundry ruling my life. Guess what? I've been 100% caught up on laundry in my house for TWO WEEKS!! That means that everything is washed, folded, and put away. This system is MIRACULOUS!!!
Every person in the family has their own laundry basket in their room. Each person is assigned to a day of the week. And each person's clothes get washed on their day--no sorting of colors, etc (unless it's a fancy white dress or something like that). For example, on Mondays I wash Little Love #1's and Little Love #2's clothes. They're both small, and their clothes are small, so I put them all together into one load. When they're dry, I pull them out of the dryer and fold them immediately into their own laundry basket. Since #1 is a girl and #2 is a boy, it's a no-brainer as I fold--no thinking required. They each get their basket back and put everything away. Then I wash Mr. Man's work clothes, and am done for the day! Tuesdays I do my clothes and Mr. Man's clothes. Wednesday I do miscellaneous ones--like throw blankets or whatever--or none at all. Wednesdays are crazy around here. Thursdays I do #5's clothes and towels. Fridays are #3's and #4's clothes and, again, any miscellaneous loads that may need to be done. Every other day I also do a load of cloth diapers. Saturdays are also for anything miscellaneous or anything I missed during the week if my schedule got thrown off.
I'm not strict with this schedule. If I look around and see a load that really needs to be done, I may go ahead and do it on another day. My laundry room is right off of our classroom, so it's really easy to switch loads while the kids are doing schoolwork.
And all of the clothes get picked up off the kids' bedroom floors on a regular basis. They're actually doing really well at keeping them in their baskets, actually. So no more of this:
What a great system!! Now, my laundry room is actually getting organized. I may actually post a picture of it some day. =)
Do you have any great laundry tips that have revolutionized your life?