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Putting Away Laundry

putting-laundry-awayImproving the system:
I have a simple laundry system where I do one load a day.  Most parts of it run alright- sorting, washing- switching.. but when it came to folding and putting away, I would struggle. Maybe because it is the most tedious part, right?  I would put it off because I noticed just attempting to do it while the kids where awake was a mess!  I would make piles around me to sort them as they played but next thing I know the pile became a just a mound of clothes again when the baby or toddler came up to me. Or I would be interrupted so many times the chore took at least four times as long. Doing it at night was tricky too because I left so many things to do at night and was too tired to do anyway, that laundry was the last thing I wanted to do.  Even if I was successful I would have all these little piles of all these different articles of clothes and where they should go that when it came toactually putting it away  I felt like I was resorting and refolding all over again as I scrambled to resort all these distinct piles to all these different places. Sometimes I would just stuff them all in the wrong place to just get it over with. Bleh. I don’t like laundry.

But here is my new approach…ready? I’ve been doing this for a couple weeks see and it’s been working like a charm for me so far…see if it helps you…

  • I grab three laundry bins because that is the total amount of dressers I have for my fam.
  • Straight from the dryer I throw clothes quickly into each respective laundry basket.  I try to do it as fast I can, but I will turn articles right side out as I go.
  • Then I take the the baskets and put them by each respective dresser and leave it there.
  • During the day I travel from room to room as the day takes me, when I see a basket by the dresser I open all the drawers to the dresser a bit (be careful if you have a tall dresser that might tip over if all drawers are open!) and sort them straight into the drawer from there!
  • While I do this I  fish out the articles that need to hang and put them in separate pile and hang them up.
  • Putting away laundry and hanging is quick and a bit less painless!

Genius? Obvious? Dumb?  All I know is that is it working for me right now!  I’ll keep you posted in my laundry adventure! We’re all trying to figure out what works best for us, ya?
See big set backs with this approach?  Have a better idea or something that works well for you. Well ALL want to know, please comment below, link up with your own post if you have one!  Lets all learn together. 😀.

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Coming up with a Laundry System


Living a clothed life really seems discouraging when those piles and piles of clothes to wash don’t stop a comin’.  That relentless mass of apparel gives no holidays or time off. If you dare try to give yourself even a week, you’ll find yourself threatened to wear that awkward combination of clothes that would make you want to hide behind walls in public,  find your children decked out in flood pants from last year and your husband…well, he might actually be fine with the nudist thing.  But there must certainly be a better way! Are we really going to be defeated by an accumulating pile of clothing and undies? I dare say not!

Here’s what’s worked for me so far (as long as I actually keep it up…).

We bought these laundry bins from Ikea a while ago. They affordable and hold a lot of clothes for how much space take up.  We have two bins, making four comparments: darks, reds (both of us being Utes and red being one of our favorite colors has made for it to be its own section) lights and whites. It’s easy to keep clothes organized, we throw our dirty clothes across the room and try to make it in its proper place, it’s fun. I take my little boys’ hamper and quickly sort it into the bins when I need to.

So, we’ve had our clothes relatively organized for a while now but I still found myself with nothing to wear because of severe laundry backup. Well, I heard of the good ole’ fly lady and went to her site and learned that she would do I pile of laundry a day. This idea seem absurd to me because I didn’t possibily think that our 3 person (at the time) family could have enough laundry on a daily basis to do a load a day. Well guess what, we do.  I tried it, taking a load a day to wash, to switch and to fold and an amazing thing happened.  The loads got so small and so managable, and easy, it was fantastic! I actually started to look for things that needed washing. Linens and towels was the one I always forget about and it was miraculously and willingly getting done. It was such a good feeling.  The trick was to get that pile in the wash, switched and folded as part of a routine, so you wouldn’t even have to think it about it. Mine was right in the morning and switching the load was after breakfast. Folding and putting away was the real challenge, I couldn’t find a good time to do it everyday.  As for now, it is at night with the hubby when we are unwinding watching T.V. or talking. It serves triple purpose: unwinding, time with the hubby, and laundry. Here is an update on my new trick of how I fold and put away laundry now!

Just always remember:

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Aren’t those beautiful, comforting words?

What laundry tricks and tips have worked for you? Please share in comments below!