laundry- a tip

Today's post is about the dirty L-word...yes, it's laundry.  It's something we all have, it is never ending and can be downright overwhelming. Over the years, I have fought it, complained about it and ignored it, but it never went away and neither did my bad attitude.  So I refined my process and my attitude and I hate it a little less now. 

First thing to do is to figure out how you want to do laundry- daily, weekly, whatever.  If it works for you to save it all for one day and do it all at once then great.  That does not work for me.  In fact all that laundry sitting around makes me want to chuck it all in the trash and start from scratch.  I have found that what works best for me is to do a little bit every day/every other day.

I found these laundry baskets at Walmart.  They are tall, skinny and fit inside the closet in my bathroom.  As everyone in my family changes their clothes, they know to separate them into darks, light colors and whites (even my 4 year old) and put them into the appropriate basket. 

Each basket holds 1 load for my washer size.  So when a basket fills up, I take it down to the laundry and do it right away.

After the clothes have completed the wash cycle and dried for a few minutes I usually take shirts, dress pants and anything that would easily fade out of the dryer and hang to air dry. After the rest have finished drying I fold the load right away.  It's a pain, but it's so much easier then ironing wrinkled clothing.  Each of my kids have a collapsible mesh laundry basket that I put all their folded, clean clothes in.  Then when they get home from school they put them away.  This process works pretty good for me!