My Laundry Schedule

My household tip of the week…

Do you get overwhelmed by piles and piles of laundry? Does it feel never-ending?

Here’s how I’ve been able to control our laundry:

Create A Daily Laundry Schedule

A schedule is how I am able to get my families laundry done without feeling overwhelmed. 

I do at least one load a day during the weekdays.

I try to plan it so I am able to take the weekend off from laundry.

Here’s an example of a Laundry Schedule:

  • Monday: Easy care shirts & delicates 1-2 loads
  • Tuesday: Sheets 1 load
  • Wednesday: Grownup clothes 1-2 loads
  • Thursday: Twins clothes – 1 load
  • Friday: Oldest daughter’s clothes – 1 load

There is some flexibility in this schedule. Some weeks I may have an extra load to add onto a day. Some weeks I skip a day and add that load to another day. The point is to stick as close as possible to a schedule.

Other helpful tips:

I load the washing machine first thing in the morning. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to get a load washed, dried and folded by 9am. I am done with my day’s laundry before my second cup of coffee. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does…boy do I feel like I can conquer the rest of the day!

I also do my best to fold the clothes right away, sometimes right from the dryer. Literally, the dryer door is open and I take a shirt out, fold it, put in the basket, and repeat.

How about you? How do you tackle your laundry pile? Do you spread it out during the week? Do you do it all in one day? Wait until you have a big pile? What works for you?

(This is linked up to the Works for Me Wednesday on We Are That Family)

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Comments

  1. Terra Deyo says:

    I usually wait until I have a few loads’ worth. Then I wash light, dark, and medium-colored loads. I usually do a few loads two or three times a week.

  2. unfortunately for our family, we live in an apartment complex with 1 washer/dryer to 12 apartments (roughly 40 people). It costs almost $4.00 for one load, so we wait until we have 4/5 loads and head on out to the laundromat, usually mid-week when it’s not so crowded. it’s nice to get it all done in one shot

  3. Wow. I woke up this morning and saw this on my facebook home page. I had to laugh. I have recently quit my job to become a homemaker (yay me!) and was just telling my Mom yesterday that I was going to put myself on a laundry schedule so I didn’t get overwhelmed. Nice to know someone else does this! I am not sure whats getting washed each day, but now I KNOW I’m going to put myself on a schedule! ;) Thanks for posting!

  4. As a work out of the home mom, this is my biggest challenge. Nothing I have tried seems to work and I spend my weekends doing load after load of laundry. I am thinking of putting a load at 5:45 when I get up and it should be ready for the dryer by 6:30 when I get my daughter up and finished before my son leaves for school at 7:45. Then I can just fluff and fold it after work. That will get at least one load done/day and leave my weekends not so full of laundry. We will see…

  5. Thanks everyone for sharing how you control your laundry pile OR how you’d “like” to control it. Stick to a routine and it can be manageable.

  6. Kristina says:

    Just saw this today. I dont have such a regimented schedule, but I do try to do one load a day. I’m bad about folding the clothes and putting them away right away. So I try to keep extra hangers in the laundry room. Hanging shirts or skirts get hung up in the laundry room and are easier to put away this way.

  7. sabrina davis says:

    I have a husband that changes clothes 2 to 3 times a day.I need help,any advice

  8. WOW this could be MY schedule! I was just thinking about doing this this morning and I googled “Laundry Schedule” and this was the first to pop up. I also have twins and an older daughter LOL.

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