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  1. judi
    September 23, 2010

    i think your post about laundry was wonderful. i too recommend taking items right out of the dryer and folding them. it’s so simple! i always wondered why anyone would want piles of clean laundry all over their house. my mom taught me this and i am SO glad she did. ;)

    my kiddos are in their early twenties and they were taught at a very young age to clean, sort laundry, etc.-whatever was age-appropriate. i did not want them growing up thinking that “someone” else would do their cleaning or that they weren’t responsible for their own messes.

    also, i love the idea of family cleaning night. the idea of everyone pitching in during the same time frame is great…and so is the ice cream reward!!

    judi ;)

  2. Mama Laundry
    September 23, 2010

    Jami – I am so honored that you linked to my little laundry blog! Thank you so much!

    And if you knew me well at all, you would know that your laundry routine just makes me all kinds of happy! Once you can get a laundry routine on auto-pilot, it makes life so simple.

    Again, thanks so much and great job on such a good system!


  3. Jeralee
    September 23, 2010

    always interested to hear what works for other people. I like your system for the rags and towels. I am going to put them in a separate basket as well.

    I have to do laundry more often. My husband works out every day and is a super sweater. The clothes smell bad and I have a separate laundry bag ( in the garage) for his stinky work out clothes. I have to wash them within a day. I also have a daughter that is a competetive swimmer and is in the pool 6 days a week, and my other daughter that just started swim team. We go through towels like you wouldn’t believe! They get put on a drying rack, but I do do a wash of swim towels about every 5 days. We don’t usually reuse them as she has skin problems and it is better to have a clean towel each time.

    My washer and dryer are in the garage – big dislike! I usually wash clothes and then when I have about 5 loads waiting to be folded, I sit down, watch t.v. and fold laundry, and put everyone’s clothes in separate baskets, so it is easier to put away – or rather I make THEM put it away.

    Anyway, sorry for the novel!

  4. healy
    September 24, 2010

    I hate laundry. I am not lazy but a big dislike. I imagine my used clothes right now, it’s like mmmm gross!lol but thanks to this notes. You give me a good tips:)

  5. Katty
    September 24, 2010

    I love the idea of family cleaning night. Nice post!

  6. Ellen
    September 24, 2010

    Unfoldedness is a word in our house! :) Most times, I fold but my husband and kids do help, especially when they want to sit down on the couch.(We do need to get them to do more work for sure!) My laundry area is so small that it’s impractical for me to fold as I take out of the dryer. Love the summer time around here if only for the fact that it gets hot, and the clothes can dry outside. Folding ends up being easier then.

  7. Mary
    September 24, 2010

    I needed to read this post. I’ve known for a while that I needed to put at least one more hamper upstairs, now that has moved up on the priority list. Thanks!

    Mary – off to do another load.

  8. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage
    September 24, 2010

    Amen to that, Ellen! I forgot to mention that I hang what I can in the summer- especially sheets and things. Love the smell and super easy to fold and I love how the wind “irons” things for me. Too bad summer is so short where I live…

  9. Gina
    September 24, 2010

    I love reading how others do laundry! I’ve tried several ways and for now, with a family of littles, I prefer to have two days a week that I do ALL the laundry, then I can just forget it until the next laundry day.

    But, some day, when the children are older, I can see going to a individual person system.

    Thanks for making your feed show up completely. It sure makes reading on a feed reader easier!


  10. queenbeemama
    September 25, 2010

    I love the idea of doing a single person’s whole hamper at a time. Now we are down to 3 people at home I still get overwhelmed with the laundry. Not my favorite thing and I’ll forget there is a load in the washer, you guessed it, I have to wash it again. This will be much easier for a working mom. So glad I taught my older two to do their own laundry years ago. Now they are off at college & living on their own and I know they are doing their laundry and not bringing it home to mom each weekend! Thanks Jamie for the tips, its going to make my life easier!

  11. Amy Manning
    September 28, 2010

    I agree, separate hampers are so much easier.

  12. kerry
    August 21, 2013

    In my early days I truly had no issues with actually “doing” the laundry (putting it in the washer, then into the dryer and then removing it). I had SEVERE unfoldedness – all over the place. I detested folding!! One early solution was to buy more laundry baskets – NOT a good idea, don’t ask me how I know this. I needed resolution: I either #1) had to buy a bigger house or #2) reduce the number of baskets; moving not being an option. I became determined to conquer that battle once and for all. The 3 baskets that remained were for pre-sorted (whites, darks, delicates) soiled items ONLY. My steely resolve meant that I had to fold the laundry the second(!) the buzzer went off AND it had to be put away. Period. I really had to work(!) at that concept to “finish a task in its entirety” before moving on. There were times I really grumbled (and sometimes I still grumble) but, it worked. That was decades ago and the concept still works today.

  13. Nancy
    February 28, 2014

    Great tips for anyone struggling with volume or those who simply find laundry overwhelming! I personally love laundry and find it to be relaxing at times, (assuming nothing gets in the way of getting it done regularly!). I love hanging my clothes outside on the line and generally fold everything as I take it down so it is ready to be put away as soon as I bring it in. I also keep separate laundry baskets for each person but take everything into the laundry room at the same time and sort it by color there. Once it is sorted I put it into separate laundry baskets so once the washer is emptied, I can just pull the next sorted load out and it’s ready to go. I prefer to not have sorted loads laying on the floor unless I am doing a “full laundry day” and never have laundry on the table or couch unfolded unless there is some unexpected emergency!! I also prefer to air dry my clothes which means I have a drying rack inside during the winter or rainy days in spring/summer/fall in this neck of the woods since it’s too cold to hang outside in the winter. I like to think of the inside drying rack as a way of adding moisture to the dry air we have inside during the winter heating season as well as using less energy as I’m always very conscious of how my actions are impacting the environment.

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