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Creating a Laundry Routine

Mar 13, 2013
When I was in college and even afterwards when I was living on my own, I would only do laundry when my hamper was full or when I really needed a particular item (underwear anyone?) washed. Unfortunately, this habit didn't work out so well when I got married. 

With more laundry to do, I've found that it really helped to create a laundry routine. To do this:


1) List all the different types of laundry you have.

This is what our list looked like:




  • Clothes
  • Towels
  • Bed Sheets
  • Comforters
  • Pillow Cases
  • Doggie Towels & Pillows
  • Kitchen Rags
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Rugs


2) Choose which day(s) of the week will be laundry days.

We chose Mondays and Thursdays as our laundry days. Mondays are for clothes laundry and Thursdays are reserved for any other type of laundry we may have. To recap, here's what our schedule looks like:

MONDAY LAUNDRY DAY (every week)

  • Clothes

THURSDAY LAUNDRY DAY (as needed)

  • Towels
  • Bed Sheets
  • Comforters
  • Pillow Cases
  • Doggie Towels & Pillows
  • Kitchen Rags
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Rugs

It looks like a lot of laundry to do on Thursdays, but most of the items on that list don't need to be washed every week. For example, we have several sets of towels and bed linens, so we only wash them every two weeks or when we have a full load for the washer. 


3) The third and most important step is to try to stick to your routine as much as possible!

Doing this will help you to stay organized, may help to conserve energy, and will hopefully make doing the laundry less stressful.

As for ironing, I know people who like to do it all at once, but since I absolutely hate ironing (maybe 'cause I'm not very good at it), we generally just iron things when we need to use them.
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5 comments:

  1. With my husband, myself, a toddler and a baby, I don't think I could do all the laundry in one day every week. I've started doing a load a day, just to add it to my daily routine. I work FT from home, so I can squeeze in laundry between meetings and during lunch. I sort and wash even the clothes in several batches, so it takes a while :) A load a day seems to keep me on top of things...so far. I'd love to hear other suggestions!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! And you're right...I have heard that for some families, doing laundry every day seems to really help. I guess it really depends on how large your family is, what kind of job etc. Perhaps when my husband and I have kids our laundry routine will change. :)

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  2. I wrote a comment and it all blanked out. I wrote that I agreed with the above statement... can't write it all out again. Sorry.

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  3. To tell you the truth the list that you have for Thursdays never gets done because I continue to work on clothes. ;O)

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    1. Haha! Let me guess...kids in the family?? :)

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