You may have gathered from my title that I HATE laundry. Sorting and washing and even drying is not so awful, but folding and carrying it to the far ends of the house. . .blech. In fact, if I was told that I could hire someone to keep one chore completely done at my house, it would most definitely be the laundry.
So as most people do when they hate a chore, I put it off. I typically do laundry once a week, sometimes every 10 days, or whenever someone moves into the “just in case” underwear stash (you know which ones). As a result, with four people, I end up with anywhere from five to seven loads of laundry every time. And that doesn’t include sheets and couch throws and all those other things that only get washed once a month or so (if that. . .I know, you think it’s gross).
Since I’ve been staying home, my laundry problem has actually gotten worse. I’m not sure how, but more time at home leads to MORE laundry piling up instead of less. I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of this issue for a few weeks. Laundry and keeping up the budget are my two chores that seem to ALWAYS be behind. So I thought, what do these two chores have in common? The answer? I have no system. Because I have no system, I tend to put them off until there are piles of dirty clothes taking over the laundry room and stacks of receipts and bills everywhere. With the laundry, someone being out of something is usually the catalyst to have a “laundry day.” I’m ashamed to say, getting a late notice or e-mail reminder about a bill that’s coming due is often the catalyst to get the finances caught up. Since I’m not superwoman (nowhere close), I’m conquering one thing at a time. This week’s project is to get the laundry caught up and develop a system, so it stays caught up. The psychological component to conquer is the fact that when I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start to get something done, I don’t. . .start. . .until it’s a disaster.
So far today, I’ve washed 5 loads of laundry (not done yet!) and put away all the clean clothes that were sitting around the laundry room waiting to be carried to their various homes. That was step one. Next, I implement my new and improved system. Every single day, I will spend five minutes (or less. . I timed it!) sorting all of the laundry in the basket for the day. When a load accumulates (I estimate every 2 days), I will wash it, dry it, and put it away. The time it takes to move one load from washer to drawer will be significantly less on a daily or every other day basis than the time it takes to move my mountain of laundry from washer to drawer. It’s a grand experiment. I’ll let you know how it works!