This happens several times a month, and then you spend 2 solid days just playing laundry catch-up.
You’re upset that you’re spending your whole weekend on laundry (again) and this thought keeps running through your mind:
What can I do to make this laundry thing easier? It doesn’t have to be this hard or time-consuming. But where do I start to find a laundry routine?
I’m so glad you asked.
Families come in all shapes and sizes: only 1 child vs. 8 children, single parent vs. 2-parent household, SAHM vs. WAHM vs, WOTH mom, married vs. bachelor. And as there are many varied family dynamics, there are many different laundry routines. What works for one family will not work for another.
The goal of any laundry routine is to get you out of crisis mode and into maintenance mode.
It may take some trial and error, but to start a laundry routine, begin with asking yourself (and your family!) these questions:
- How often do I want to do laundry? A little every day? 2 days a week? One massive day a week? Twice a month?
- What am I willing to do to make my Laundry Life easier? Stick to a schedule? Foster more self-discipline? Enlist other family members for help? Outsource laundry to a third-party?
- Are there any products I need to buy to help create this new routine? Laundry baskets, laundry sorters, mesh bags, a “nice” detergent, a new ironing board or iron…
These are just a few questions to get your wheels spinning on how to start a laundry routine that works for you and your family. Truly take the time to mull each one over a few minutes and come up with some answers. Just going through the thought process will help kick this routine into a real event.
Over the next few weeks, I am going to highlight what a real laundry routine looks like in these scenarios: a mom that works outside the home and a stay at home mom. These will be practical, solid examples of schedules that you can glean tips from and leave what you don’t need.
What are your biggest obstacles to developing a laundry routine?