Ok, so of the many "2 dimensional" (aka online) friends I have who have wandered over to my probably relatively useless blog...the majority of them want to know my "tips" on laundry...
I didn't used to do these things, I used to be that mom who geared up every weekend with stretching exercises, hydration, and warm-ups just to climb "Mount Laundry" I'd drag it out by the armload, dump it into a pile, and dive in...it sucked, I hated it, it took forever and then I had the even more daunting task of putting it away. I hate putting laundry away, detest it, loathe it with the white-hot intensity of a thousand burning suns. It would take forever to put away and I'd get so sick of it, I could have cared less if Vince's boxers ended up in Sam's dresser...she could totally wear them to school, it could be a new fashion statement!
So now that we are a family of five and the amount of laundry seems to multiply daily (I swear dirty clothes somehow mate and reproduce while in the hamper) I HAD to figure out a way to make it easier on myself. The separating is a given...so I don't need to go there, especially since it's counter-productive to my whole "time saving" thing...
1. FOLDING...I fold EVERY load as it's coming out of the dryer, no more dragging piles out of the laundry room. Nary a bit of clothing leaves my laundry room unfolded (try using the word "nary" in conversation today...)
2. SOCKS...I hate the damn things, I never wear them myself but for whatever reason my family does, therefore some poor sucker has to wash and fold them. Since I fold each load as it comes out of the dryer, folding socks has become much easier...their "mate" was already in the wash with them. So the socks get folded last and DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT get thrown in a basket to be "folded later" while you're watching Grey's Anatomy on DVR. Remember, NOTHING leaves the room unfolded! A girlfriend puts her family's socks into a lingerie bag so they get washed and dried together, making it much easier when it comes time to fold...I may try that, especially since I still have so many little socks to deal with.
3. PUTTING AWAY....again, it happens IMMEDIATELY upon departure from the laundry room. For hanging clothes, I keep a stockpile of hangers in my laundry room. Things that need to be hung are put on hangers right away, no need to fold them only to unfold them and hang them upon getting them to their destination.
4. CHILD LABOR....one thing I love about kids is that they get older...as they get older, they become useful :) My oldest is 7 and PUTS HER OWN LAUNDRY AWAY. You read that right people, I only fold her clothes, she is fully responsible for putting them away. My son isn't that great at it yet, but if I hand him one stack at a time (ie: shirts, then jammies) they make it into the right drawer relatively unscathed and semi-folded. This is a HUGE time saver for me, of my 3 kids I really only have to put laundry away for 1 of them!
Now, again you may be thinking "duh, does she think I'm stupid?" Why does she keep posting these "tips" as if I didn't already know them...But seriously this saves me SO MUCH TIME I can't even believe it. An entire load of laundry takes me 15 minutes, from folding to putting away. It used to take me 2-3 hours on a Sunday to rotate everything from washer to dryer to folding to putting away. 15 minutes a day vs. 3 hours in one day? You do the math...and the laundry... :)