I was asked awhile ago on the Common Chaos Chronicle Facebook Page (Be sure to stop by and ‘Like’ it if you haven’t already), how I deal with the washing in my house.
Now for me to get on here and preach to you all that I have a perfect system and my washing is always under ‘control’, would be a big FAT lie! I’m not going to do that to you all.
I am still tweaking my laundry routine as it is such a massive time consuming part of my life.
It gets me down, I look at the mountains and I long to spend my time doing something else.
But such is life and since I’m not a millionaire, I cant go out and buy new clothes everyday, I must face the dreaded laundry room and GET IT DONE!
So here’s what I have been doing lately…. (and keeping in mind this is all totally my opinion and shouldn’t be taken as gospel!!)
Clothes end up all over the place in our house. We have a basket in the bathroom, but we all are in the habit of dumping clothes wherever we take them off and this is the number 1 thing I want to change right now.
Step 1 in the Chaos Laundry System:
Create ONE designated spot for all washing to be dumped.
I believe that if the dirty washing is all piled up or in a basket in one space the house instantly looks cleaner. Nobody’s guests fancy walking into a dining room to see your daughters undies from the day before…. Im sure of it…
Step 2 in the Chaos Laundry System:
Decide how often you need to do the washing.
For Example, If you’re a family with only 1 or 2 kids, you may not find it necessary to do the washing every day, however if you have your own Monster Squad like me, you would instantly know when the clothes have been breeding down in the laundry.
Yep, that’s right they seem to multiply faster than rabbits in spring and once the mountain is growing, there’s no reaching the top of it…
So you have decided that doing the washing is a daily job at your house? Me too.
Except sometimes I forget. Sometimes I put a load on and get distracted so I leave it in the machine. Sometimes I tell myself the weather is far too crappy so I’ll just have to leave it. And every time I enter that bloody laundry again, it is with great regret.
So here’s the plan:
Step 3 in the Chaos Laundry System:
Work out how you are going to store and sort the washing once you get it to the laundry.
Is there things you need to wash urgently like school uniforms? Do you have a separate wash for your linen and towels?
I have a very run down old laundry. It is on the renovation list, however its an expensive job so I just have to make do at the moment.
To sort my washing I purchased some of those child sized toy wheelie bins. I have one for uniforms, one for clothes, one for towels & linen and one for ‘other’.
I sort the washing into the appropriate bins when I bring if from the washing basket in the bathroom. This makes putting the loads of washing on super quick as it’s already sorted and ready to go.
Step 4 in the Chaos Laundry System:
Create a daily goal. Mine is to wash, dry and put away 2 loads of washing per day. 2 loads per day in my 9.5kg washing machine keeps the washing pretty much under control.
Of course there are days when the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing and you have the time to wash a few more loads. Especially when there’s bed linen to be washed. But if I’ve reached my goal of 2 loads per day, then I know I’m on the right track.
Step 5 in the Chaos Laundry System:
Get a little washing routine happening. Most of our mobile phones have calendar reminder alarms in them these days. Program in a repeat reminder at a time that suits you, that tells you to put a load of washing on.
Right now I am putting a load of washing on before I hop into bed, and another load on when I get up of a morning. This means that by the time I have dropped the kids off at school, I have 2 baskets ready and waiting for me to hang out.
This is working at the moment as it is still cool of an evening here so the washing isn’t drying out in the baskets.
In the hotter weather, I take advantage of daylight savings. I wash the 2 loads over dinner time and hang them out once the kids are in bed. The washing is already hung out on the line for the next day then.
Step 6 in the Chaos Laundry System:
Have a drying back up plan…..
When the weather is relentless with rain we wash all our washing at home, then run it up to the laundromat and use the big dryers to dry it all. This can sometimes be rather costly, so if you have the room in your house I would highly recommend investing in a good clothes airer/horse, as running a dryer flat out at home increases your electricity bill dramatically… (hmmmm, still paying that bill off…)
Step 7 in the Chaos Laundry System:
After you have the washing dry and ready to put away, spend a good half an hour looking at it, swearing at it and wishing it would put itself away before you admit defeat and start folding…
I’m not sure what the best time of the day to do this is, but I’m often found doing once the kidlets are sound asleep in bed…. 2 baskets doesn’t take long and is much much less over whelming than 6 or 7 baskets.
Then repeat the whole process again,as per Step 2……
So there’s a quick insight into how I keep the washing under control at CHAOS HQ, I am not a great washer woman, I am still in training, but this little method I have going now is working a treat so I’m sticking with it for now.
So I hope that has given you all some insight into how I cope with the washing situation at CHAOS HQ.
How do you cope with yours???