I want to start out by confessing that I’m not as good at laundry as I used to be but I’m still pretty darn good. It’s one of my few claims to fame as a homemaker.
So I thought, just for fun, I’d give you a glimpse of my typical laundry routine. Here we go:
1. I usually do laundry on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
2. I gather the laundry and dump it all in one basket. We have a basket in our bedroom (mainly for my stuff) and a basket in Calvie’s room where David keeps his clothes. I usually also grab the towels from the bathroom and any dish towels in the kitchen.
3. I head downstairs to our pretty ugly laundry room. The laundry room has a 10-year-old washer and dryer, a sorter, a large trash can, an ironing board I never use, a drying rack and a rug to stand on.
4. Using the sorter, I sort the laundry into colds, darks and whites. I know it’s not really necessary to sort this way, but I still prefer to. If I have small loads of whites and darks, I sometimes combine them.
5. I usually start with the darks because it’s the biggest load and I want to be sure to get it done. If I can’t do anything else, it’s the most important. I don’t buy expensive laundry soap – usually something inexpensive but not the cheapest. I always buy fragrance free soap and dryer sheets. For a while I was making my own laundry soap using this recipe (you can see it here) and I really loved that. But I ran out and I just haven’t taken the time to make more.
6. I start the first load and come upstairs and set a timer for about 40 minutes. If I don’t set a timer, I may or may not remember to ever deal with the laundry again. Seriously. Timers are the key to getting laundry done.
7. When the timer goes off, I go down and move the darks to the dryer and put the whites in the washer. I make sure the buzzer is set on the dryer.
I also take this opportunity to clean out the lint trap before I turn the dryer on:
I usually also take this opportunity to tidy up the washer and dryer.
Then I go upstairs and set a timer for about an hour. Yes, I set the timer on the dryer but it never hurts to have a back-up just in case I don’t hear it or I ignore it.
8. When the timer goes off, I go downstairs and start unloading the dryer. I hang up shirts and pants immediately. Everything else is tossed in the basket. If the loads are really big, I might go ahead and take the darks upstairs and fold them and put them away. But if the loads are small, I usually just wait and do them all at once. Once upstairs, I set the timer.
9. After the timer goes off, I go back down and unload the whites, again hanging up any shirts or pants and dumping the rest in the basket. If I have enough colds, I’ll go ahead and do those next. If not, I’ll wait until the next laundry day.
10. I take the basket and hang-up clothes upstairs with me. Until recently, I dumped it all on Calvie’s bed and folded there. But his room is currently dismantled while we paint so I have to take the basket upstairs to my bed and fold there. Everything is folded and then put away.
Laundry is done until next time. That’s my routine. What’s yours?