Laundry, the job that never ends… it just goes on and on, my friend. So today lets tackle that laundry pile!
I think the first mistake people make when setting up laundry for their family is putting hampers in every childs room. I think this is a mistake because you never really get a feel for how much laundry there is to do at any one given point. So how SHOULD you get the laundry set to get washed? I would purchase a laundry organizer like this and put it in a location that everyone can easily access. Next label each section with Whites, Dark Colors, Light Colors. If your children are old enough, they should be required to place their clothes in the appropriate section. If they don’t bring the laundry out of their room and into the laundry sorter then their clothes will not get washed, and they will have to wear dirty clothes. Now this may not work for some kids that don’t care if they smell…in that case find some other incentive for them to bring their clothes to the sorter. If you have younger children, you can just bring the clothes to the sorter for them.
Now that all the clothes are stored in one location and they are already sorted into loads, it’s time to wash them. What I would do is one load a day. So as soon as the whites pile gets pretty full, start with that one. Wash, dry and fold the load of choice for the day.
Especially if you have older kids, they can put their own laundry away. Create bins for each child to take to their room and put away. Each bin should be a different color and be labeled with the childs name. You can even make it fun by letting them create their own name plate! Every once in a while it may be nice to put a piece of candy at the bottom of their clothes in their bin so they get a special treat for when they put it away! My Mom used to hide little candies in our drawers and stuff so that when we would put things away we would find it. It was fun!
So if you keep doing the most full section each day you will stay on top of that laundry pile, and it should never become overwhelming!