ETA: FORGET EVERYTHING I SAID!!!!! MY HUSBAND TOTALLY RE-ENGINEERED OUR SYSTEM, AND THIS IS THE WAY TO GO: ENGINEERING LAUNDRY
IT'S REALLY THE BEST, AND IT'S WORKING FANTASTICALLY. I HOPE Y'ALL LOOK AT IT.
Just so you know, right off the bat, this is not going to be one of those laundry room makeovers that you get jealous over, so don't worry. In all honesty, I'm just happy to HAVE a laundry room (my last house had the washer/dryer in the kitchen, so I'm truly grateful). It really is a luxury to have my laundry-mountains hidden away when company comes over.
Over the course of the last...oh....7 years, I've tried to come up with a laundry system that works for me and doesn't drive me insane. I tried other people's, and really I just had to find something that worked for me.
So please don't think that this is the end all be all of laundry solutions. For it is not. However, it does really work for me. (2 story with laundry room downstairs and all bedrooms upstairs.) So take what you like and leave the rest. ;)
And if this doesn't work for you, just keep brainstorming! And maybe even lower your standards a little. I totally did. :-P
During Project Week, I went ahead and ordered the laundry bags that I had pinned forever ago and installed them into my laundry room (heavy duty anchors and hooks and whatnot).
Well, I was waiting to tell you about it until I knew if it was going to work or not. If you've read this blog at all in the past, then you know that laundry is the thorn.in.my.flesh. I hate it more than anything. And yes, it will be my downfall - I will trip and fall into an enormous pile of laundry, and it will most definitely eat me up.
Needless to say, I needed a system that wouldn't make me hate my life.
So here's what I came up with:
1) My oldest son brings down the laundry from his room daily as part of his chores. The laundry from my room gets taken down every couple of days.
2) And I then wash, dry, and sort one load of laundry every day. After it dries, I take about five minutes to separate it. This might seem complicated, but it really goes fast. Everything that I don't want to get wrinkled gets laid out and stacked onto the washer/dryer counter. And all of the socks, undies, workout clothes, pajamas, and towels get separated into the bags.
4) That same day, Michael and I hang up all of the closet clothes. I usually get the kids to help me in some way so that they can learn how to do it, too. They'll hand me hangers, or get the next shirt ready for me to hang.
5) Then we bring all the empty bags back to the laundry room and start a new week all over again!
Sure there are days that the kids run out of undies or socks, and I have to tell them to go find it in their laundry bag. But that is a LOT better than having to dig through a MOUNTAIN of laundry on top of the washer.
And sure, there are really busy weekends, but you just make up for it on Monday or plan ahead on Friday. This totally beats what I was doing before, which was just taking a solid day and doing nothing but washing, folding, and putting away all day long. Talk about a depressing day.
This way, I just invest about 10-20 minutes a day, and an hour once a week. Not bad.