11 February 2008

Laundry Experiment, part 1

Even though I'm very sick and probably would be better off in bed today, I was compelled to post the first of a couple of posts in what I'm calling "The Laundry Experiment." Crystal over at Biblical Womanhood is on that subject today, so I thought I'd join the discussion, as it were.

When we lived in an apartment and had to do laundry at a laundromat, I got very used to the routine of doing laundry only once a week (actually, every 7-10 days). Whereas before, I would constantly have laundry to do every day and it never seemed to get done, doing it one day a week (and making sure I brought it home sorted and folded) actually simplified things. The only time I let myself think about laundry was on laundry day. Unfortunately, laundromats are very expensive, and fortunately, we now have facilities of our own.

So lately I've been going back to that habit of only doing laundry on one day a week, Monday. And I've given myself permission to wash on other days, as needed, of course. But I start early in the day, and wash and dry load after load. But my problem is folding and putting it away, as Crystal so clearly described. Does anyone have any good suggestions for getting that part of the chore completed? I'll be pleased with myself today if I can get the dirty stuff sorted, considering how I'm feeling.


  1. I'm sorry you're not feeling well :( I also do laundry one day per week, most likely from apartment living in the past as well. I do it on Mondays, and I have a goal of having the last load of laundry in the washer by 1:30 pm. Throughout the morning I just pile all the clean laundry on the couch, and as a "reward" for folding that huge pile, I watch a dvd, like the Waltons or Little House on the Prairie. I don't have a laundry room, the machines are in the kitchen, so that might add incentive to get it all DONE in one day. I have the kiddos take their things to their rooms and put them away, and then I'm only responsible to putting away the baby's clothes, and mine and hubby's. Amy R. : )

  2. Hi Merr!

    Here's how I handle my laundry... Clothes I do once a week on either Monday or Tuesday depending on my work schedule. I find that the only way to keep up on the folding/putting away is to do it as each load comes out of the dryer. The girls put away their own clothes when they get home from school.

    For sheets and towels - I do those on Saturdays when kids and hubby are home to help fold, put away, and re-make beds. This is also when I do things like dish towels or any other miscellaneous laundry accumulated during the week.

    Most of the time I fold laundry in my guest room and just make piles on the bed. That way I'm not looking at the piles while I wait for the girls to get home!

    I've got to get caught up on my blog!