Laundry Routines vary from family to family. One of the variables that determines how your routine will work is if you are a stay at home mom or one who works outside the home or works at a job while staying home.
Just in case you’re wondering, I’ve held all three positions.
I’m highlighting several examples of Laundry Routines here at Mama’s Laundry Talk. It is helpful to take a peek into another’s life to see how they manage different tasks. It helps you define what will work for your own family.
So what does the Laundry Routine look like for the stay at home mom?
There are moms who are ultra organized and have fairly strict schedules. And then there are moms who follow more of a routine than a schedule.
And mamas that homeschool throw a whole other variable into the mix.
Regardless of where you fall in this mix of stay at home motherhood, here are a few scenarios that will get some ideas forming if you’re trying to start a Laundry Routine.
First, take a few moments to ponder these laundry questions. Really think about what you want the Laundry Routine of your house to look like.
Next, read through these scenarios. Take from them the things that will help your routine run better and just leave the rest. If you’ve already got a great routine going, tell us all about it in the comments!
One idea is to set a time each day that your laundry must be completed. This is especially helpful if you fall more along the routine-type of stay at home mom.
If your goal is to complete 2 loads of laundry per day, you can declare that all laundry for the day must be completed by 12 noon. And that includes putting all folded clothes back in their drawers.
The logistics of when you actually roll the laundry can change from day to day, but the cut-off is 12 noon. If you choose to start folding everything at 11:30 and scurry to put it all away right before noon, that’s fine! As long as it is done by the deadline.
Why set a specific time as the deadline? Accountability. You know that deadline is quickly approaching. Make it a game. Don’t let the clock beat you.
Perhaps you are a mama who likes to do laundry only 2 days per week. Block out 2 days of your week as Laundry Days.
Let’s assume you choose Monday and Thursday as your Laundry Days. Keep in mind that if you choose to set aside specific days to wash laundry each week, you must be home to wash it. The days you choose to wash laundry should not be days that are filled with play dates or library trips or homeschool co-op. It might seem confining and restrictive, but the clothes won’t wash themselves!
If you choose to wash clothes only on certain days during the week, you’ll likely have many loads to complete. And you’ll likely need to start early in the day. Have the clothes sorted the night before so you can be ready to roll the next morning.
And to get a jump start on that Laundry Day, it is helpful to have a washing machine with a programmable timer. Simply load it the night before with detergent and clothes and set the time you’d like it to start. When you get up, your first load is already washed and waiting to be put in the dryer. It’s a great way to start Laundry Day!
If you’re a mom that leads a fairly scheduled day, then you’ll need to put laundry on that daily schedule. Regardless of whether you do a load or two a day or wash only on certain days of the week, make sure you write in times to roll the laundry.
Are you a mama that schedules in 30-minute time slots? Then your daily schedule could look something like this:
6:00 Wake up/Start 1st Load/Shower/Read Bible
7:00 Roll Laundry/Kids up and Dressed
7:30 Breakfast for everyone
8:00 Breakfast Clean-up/Roll Laundry
8:30 HomeSchool Day Starts
10:00 Break for Snacks/Regroup schoolwork/Roll Laundry
10:30 Finish last part of school for the morning
11:45 Roll Laundry/Lunch Prep
So by lunch time on this sample schedule, you could have 4 to 5 loads of laundry washed! You also need to make sure enough time is set aside to fold it and put away.
One idea for this type of scenario is to fold all laundry quickly as it comes from the dryer. You don’t want to spend a lot of time on it since you’re in the middle of a school morning. Leave all folded items in one spot – your folding table, the bed, etc. At the appointed time on the schedule, everyone finds their folded laundry and puts it away.
The key to this scenario is making sure you put laundry on the schedule. If it’s on the schedule, it is already built into your day.
Remember that the goal of any laundry routine is to move you out of crisis mode and into maintenance mode.
Are you a stay at home mama? What does your laundry routine look like? Do you have specific questions about how to start one? Ask away…