Seriously, Laundry? How does living a life of excellence involve laundry? Beginning to live a life of excellence has to start at the bottom and we work our way up. We all have it, we all hate it, and how we do it effects the way we present our families to the world. If my husband is going to work in wrinkly pants, is he “respected at the city gate where he is seated among the elders of the land”? (Proverbs 31:23)
Or are your children going to “rise up and call you blessed” (Proverbs 31:28) if they were made fun of because their socks never match. So, as I have said I am not by any means excellent but I do have a semi organized way of doing laundry that has worked well for our family for the past 21 years.
You will need:
4 milk crates or baskets
A small table or flat surface
A medium sized basket or bowl
I have to tell you that for the past 3 years we have had a house that has a main floor laundry that also doubles as a mudroom, it is itty bitty but we have always had basement laundry rooms in the past and I am so thankful for this tiny space.
I use these crates to sort the clothes that everyone brings down. My husband brings our clothes down daily and the kids bring theirs down once a week. We have one for dark colors, light colors, whites (dish towels, white socks, underwear or anything you will bleach) and towels. In this picture my towel basket is missing.
This part is Key: As the clothes come out of the dryer I immediately fold them and put them into the persons basket or pile that they belong to. Or if it is something that needs hung I have hangers there ready to hang them on the bar.
Once a week I go on a quick hanger hunt in our four closets. So many people I know take the clothes out of the dryer and put them into a basket.
Sometimes the clothes get folded right away but usually not. If they do, they bring them into another room and have to again cart them somewhere. All of this causes wrinkly clothes and wasted steps.
Once a week I have the older kids come and get there hanging clothes and their pile. A couple of times a week I take the white basket of folded clothes up to our bed and make piles for each of the younger kids and for Mike and I.
The little ones come in and take their clothes and put them away and we of course put ours away.
This is the Sock basket (you can also use a plastic bowl, I have). As I am folding laundry out of the dryer, I throw all of the socks into this basket. I later either give it to a little one to sort or just stand there while a load is finishing and fold and sort them into respective piles.
This system is not for everyone. You more organized gals might not find it sufficient for your home. And others might find it too involved but I think it is attainable.
If you find that your laundry is either overwhelming to you or not looking to hot, you may want to try this system or a version of it to make sure you are getting it all done and done well.
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