Is it just me or do you also feel like your laundry pile is a dark abyss, a never-ending hole, or THE DEPTHS OF HELL? Well I know I sometimes do. Yes, of course, I’m grateful for being able to wash and dry our clothes at home. I am humbled by our laundromat days, collecting coins, and waiting in the parking lot to make sure no one stole our stuff. But it seems like our laundry pile is never-ending and our basket is never empty for more than a few hours. Although I only do laundry one to two times a week, I used to dread it, not anymore.
Get your head in the game!
Lately, I’ve discovered that if I do the laundry when I’m “in the mood ” there is a greater chance of me finishing it completely; and by that I mean: wash, dry, fold, and put away. (I only do laundry 1-2 times a week) I usually set a goal for myself: at the very least, have everything folded and put away by the end of the day. That way I don’t feel the self-induced pressure to do it all in a couple of hours. I mean, my husband and children don’t need any of these clothes RIGHT NOW, right?
Don’t set it and forget it
I used to be the type to just wash, dry and put off until never. You know what I mean, the clean clothes pile that you live off of until you forget what’s clean and dirty? After having kids and a husband, that was a no-go for me. My mind would be in utter chaos just seeing that mess all the time. I found a way to combat the mess and get motivated to finish our laundry completely and that was through Marie Kondo and the konmari method of decluttering.
Once you declutter and reorganize your house, the beauty behind the organization and neatness will motivate you to keep it up. No more “just throw it on the chair” or “I’ll do it later”. Fold those close baby! Put everything in its place! Don’t you just feel good? Accomplished? I know I do. Every time I do laundry now I get excited to fold it and put it away. I use the Marie Kondo method of folding—you can see some examples here.
Practice makes perfect
This isn’t going to be something that happens overnight. It’s something you have to get in the habit of doing. The best way to get your laundry pile down is to declutter those clothes and reorganize them. The fewer clothes you have, the less you’ll have to wash. Fold your clothes nice and neat, put them in order by color, season, or style. Once you have your clothes up and organized you’ll want to keep that up, I promise you.
Below I’ve listed some of my favorite laundry essentials, feel free to share yours in the comments!
- Tide Pods 3 in 1 – just don’t eat them!
- Zote soap – I recently started using this in this wash and OMG, I love the citronella smell.
- Bounce Dryer Sheets – I feel like this is a necessity. When I don’t use this my clothes don’t smell as good