I actually don’t mind doing laundry. I’ve been using the same system for at least 20 years, and it works for me. I’ve never thought about doing laundry any other way. Until Hubby graciously decided to help one weekend.
It dawned on me that his system of doing laundry is the same system that most people use. It’s the same system which has been passed down from generation to generation. If it works for you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this system. If it doesn’t, then this new method will be a real eye opener.
One Friday night, Hubby decided to help me with the house chores, and started working on the weekend pile of laundry. When I took over on Saturday morning, I was baffled as to why he would do laundry this way, but then quickly realized that this is the reason that most people hate doing laundry. I was extremely grateful for his help, but his system makes no sense to me.
The “normal” way to do laundry is this… lights and brights are separated out, but typically, the entire family’s dirty clothes are laundered together. Possibly along with sheets. Again, under the traditional way of doing laundry, this makes sense, right? Until it’s time to sort and fold and then it’s a nightmare trying to figure out which article of clothing belongs to which member of the family and gets put away in which room.
If you are frustrated and hate doing laundry, give this new method a try and let me know what you think!
Holly’s Crazy Laundry Method
1. Unless you have something extremely “bleedable,” valuable, heavy, or gentle – for the majority of your clothes, forget about separating lights and brights (detergents are much better these days).
2. Spouse’s clothes may get laundered together. The exception to this rule is if the spouses keep their clothes in separate rooms.
3. If you can separate out your children’s clothes by child (ie by hamper), that is ideal. If not, then put all kids clothes in the same hamper to launder together.
4. By reading the above lines, understand that adult and kid clothes should never, ever co-mingle during the laundry process.
5. Sheets get laundered independently.
6. Towels get laundered independently.
7. Be sure to add a few drops of Purification Essential Oil to your washing machine to freshen your laundry.
8. When the clothes are finished drying, dump them into the hamper, and take them immediately up to the bedroom. If it’s the adult clothes, go to the adult bedroom. If it’s the kids clothes, go to their room.
9. Sort and fold on the bed. I know, right?!?!? They don’t get sorted and folded in the laundry room, or even on the couch while watching TV.
10. You will now have smaller piles of clothes that are easier to put away. You won’t have to guess what goes where, or take field trips to different rooms.
This system eliminates all co-mingling and sorting, and is actually a very streamlined process. I also end up doing the same amount of loads of laundry, so I’m not being wasteful by sorting this way. It’s certainly not for everyone, but it may just change your outlook on laundry days.
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