Laundry, Laundry, Everywhere

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Laundry is one thing I’ve always been good at – until we moved here.  Since we moved into this house, I’ve had laundry sitting everywhere:

The washer:

washing machine

The dryer:

dryer

The basement:

laundry hanging in the basement

The bed:

Laundry on the bed

I never did that before.  So what changed? That’s what I decided to find out.  After careful evaluation, I discovered several problems:

1.       In the past, I had set days to do laundry – Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  But these days I’ve been doing it whenever I have a chance.  That doesn’t work for me!  When I’m fitting it in when I can, there’s no urgency to finish it because there’s always laundry somewhere, in some stage of the process.  But when I did it on set days, I knew I was doing laundry on those days and my goal was always to FINISH it.

2.       My new house is bigger.  Well, it’s not really bigger but we’re using all of it.  The old house had an upstairs and we didn’t really use it.  All the rooms where the laundry went were close to each other.  In this house, everything is more spread out so it’s not as convenient to put things away. (Oh, my gosh, this sounds SO lame!!!)

3.       In the old house, I folded laundry on my bed.  Because it was on my bed, there was more motivation to get it done because I needed my bed clear by bedtime so I could sleep in it.  In the new house, I fold laundry on an extra, unused bed.  That means, if I don’t get it done, it’s no big deal!  So guess what? I don’t always get it done.

4.       My husband’s closet is currently located in the same room my grandson uses when he’s here.  That means that if I’m doing laundry when the kids are here, I can’t get in that room to fold (that’s the bed I use) or put stuff away.  (The bulk of the laundry goes in that room.)   I don’t want to fold the laundry in my bedroom because it’s upstairs and most of the clothes and linens go on the main floor.  So instead of bringing it up to fold, I leave it downstairs in the basement.  And then I forget it.  You know, out of sight, out of mind!

So after my evaluation, I was actually encouraged.  I thought maybe I had lost my touch but instead I just have a few obstacles to overcome.  So the solution I came up with is actually really simple:  go back to set laundry days of Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  If I do that . . .

  • I’ll know when I’m doing laundry & won’t have to think about whether to do it;
  • I don’t get to consider it DONE until it’s all washed, dried, folded and put away;
  • The grandkids won’t be here on those days so the folding bed and David’s closet will be available.

Simple.  But effective.

If you’re having problems getting your laundry done,

Analyze the problem
and
Figure out a solution

Do you struggle to get laundry done? What obstacles do you face?

 

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Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    This helps me so much! Love how you work out your housework and it’s solution for all of us to see. I think you have one of the best home keeping sites/blogs out there!!!! You are sooo inspiring!!! Jennifer

  2. Mary Beth says:

    This is the first time I have owned a house with the washer and dryer in the kitchen. Seems like the kitchen table is always full of clean folded clothes. I still haven’t figured out a solution since I do 1-2 loads every day – so laundry is never completely done.

    On a side note: Has anyone else had trouble with feedburner? I am not receiving updates from any of the blogs I follow using feedburner (including this one). Just wondered if it is a problem with my email or if it is happening to anyone else. I have checked my spam folder and they are not there. I have lost feed from all feedburner blogs:(

    • I have heard from a few of my readers that feedburner is not sending them updates. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on but so far am coming up empty. I’ll keep working on it.

      Can you schedule time in your day to finish the laundry? I started put a note in my planner for the evening that says: “Is the laundry done?” – just as a reminder. Lots of times I have time to do it – I just forget.

  3. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Considering everything else happening in your life, “finishing” the laundry should not be a priority. Eventually a routine that you are comfortable with will present itself.

    • Mary Beth says:

      Thank you for your kind words! Atleast the clothes are clean — and folded! Maybe we just need to make a habit of putting them away at a certain time each day.

    • True. Not finishing the laundry isn’t the end of the world.

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