Habit: Laundry–Part 2

by StephBuckwalter on January 29, 2012

Now that you’ve figured out what to do with your dirty clothes, it’s time to look at the tail end of the process. For some, it’s the clean clothes that tend to pile up.

Clean Bear

One of the most time-consuming parts of dealing with clean laundry is the sorting process. If there are a lot of people in your home, that can take a while. One solution is to presort by person or by bedroom. If everyone’s clothes are not mixed together, there is little to no sorting. (see Laundry–Part 1) In addition, the clothes can go right back into the room where they belong instead of piling up in a central folding area.

In our home, each person is responsible for putting away his own laundry except for my husband (I do it) and my youngest child. Everyone else puts his own clothes away. And one of the kids is assigned to fold the linens and put them away. This keeps it very simple.

Ironing clothes is another matter. If the ironing task gets backed up, look at where you keep the ironing supplies. Are the board and iron easy to get to? Can you multitask where you set it up? For example, can you watch a movie you’ve been wanting to watch or a webinar on your computer? Can you listen to music or watch the kids at play? Integrating ironing into another task may make it easier to get done.

Have other problems not addressed here? Let’s talk about them in the comments section.

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  • Jennifer S.

    This is how I do laundry: We have one location, three bins – whites, darks, and tans. That way I am not wasting time sorting by color.

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