This simplified laundry routine will help you tackle laundry and not be overwhelmed.
Creating a simplified laundry routine has been a game-changer for our family. Growing up, I always saw my mom put in a load of laundry every morning. It was like clockwork. She would work on the laundry throughout the day as she was home.
As an adult, I heard about doing laundry one day a week and thought I would give it a try. I loved the idea of getting it all done in one day.
However, this method completely overwhelmed me for two reasons.
First, I felt like my entire day was consumed with laundry. It was completely overwhelming and there was no way to put it off because we needed clean clothes.
Second, we keep a fairly minimal wardrobe and I found that having a minimal wardrobe and doing laundry once a week was a struggle.
This led me to go back to my mom’s tried and true method. It is simple but it works. I even heard that Emily Ley suggests doing laundry this way to help keep things simple.
Creating a Simplified Laundry Routine
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Start a load of laundry first thing in the morning.
My morning starts with turning on the coffee pot and starting a load of laundry.
Move that load through to the dryer and start a second load. I typically do laundry throughout the day until the late afternoon. After that, I let whatever accumulates wait for the next day.
Fold the laundry.
What has worked well for me is putting all the dry laundry in the basket. I lay my husband’s dress shirts on top because I do not iron them. Then I put in headphones, turn on a podcast and start folding. Listening to a podcast while folding laundry is key! It seriously helps the time fly by. Once it is folded, I deliver everyone’s laundry to their rooms, and then they put it away at some point by the end of the day.
I am planning to update this routine by adding in little baskets for everyone to grab their clean laundry in and put it away.
Life with little kids: Just keep listening to that podcast while you put away the laundry! Wearing my babies was lifesaving for life with little ones because I would have my baby in the wrap and do what needed to be done! My oldest did not like to be worn but he LOVED his bouncer seat, so he would bounce while I did laundry.
Wash the bed sheets once a week.
In complete honesty, there were seasons where this did not happen but in general, I aim to wash the sheets every Friday. Growing up, we knew to bring our sheets to the laundry room on Saturdays. My mom would wash them and have them ready for us to make our beds with clean sheets.
I do not separate my laundry (except I do towels separately).
This tip is not for everyone but it is what helps my simplified laundry routine work. I do have a laundry basket that separates into three sections. I typically do one as towels and the other two contain clothes.
Laundry Room Favorites
I love this simple basket! It is perfect for a laundry room or for a bedroom!
Have a basic laundry basket like this for putting the clean clothes in.
If you have shelves to reach, have a cute footstool in the space for easy access.
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