Laundry Management Solutions

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For many, many years one of the biggest chores in my house has been laundry. I’ve tried numerous techniques to keep it under control but it seems that no matter how much time I’ve spent experimenting with techniques and procedures I always wind up with a mountain of laundry that takes up half the bedroom.

Last night, however, I had an idea and for the first time ever I think there might be hope. It all has to do with pre-sorting.

In the past I would just just start on the periphery of the mountain and forge my way through it like I was mining a vein of ore. This always resulted in a huge amount of “final” piles. Just for background each person’s clothes are sorted into piles corresponding to which drawer or shelf they belong in/on. For Annika this results in 7 piles alone. Now including all the people in the house I wind up with about 18 piles. Then I have to take each pile and put them away. This is always very discouraging and takes lots of room requiring me to clean the rest of the room before I can even start on the folding.

For the days and days where all the laundry is in one big mountain, we are all constantly going to it and mining for clothing to wear that day. It doesn’t seem to phase anyone that they spend a large amount of time looking through this great pile.

So my idea is to have a box for each person and one miscellaneous box–six in all. Then I go through the big pile and simply put all of someones clothes in their box. I don’t worry about turning them inside out or matching socks, just quickly go through the pile. When I’m done, I stack the boxes. The stacked boxes take up far less room than the mountain and I can then take a box to each kids room and fold directly into their storage location instead of making precarious piles and then putting them away.

Although this introduces extra work, it seems to make the task so much more manageable and faster that it is worth it. Not only that, if I don’t get all the boxes folded, each kid knows exactly which box to look in for their clothes so finding an outfit takes far less time. Additionally I can get Annika to put her own clothes away and maybe even Erin and I can work on it at the same time.

Standardized Socks
An additional method is to buy everyone the same style socks and of the same size. Erin and I can wear the same sized socks and so can Annika and Thomas. This would eliminate huge amounts of time matching and make life so much easier. Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to implement this. Erin would never wear any socks my feet have been in–she thinks I contaminate them or something. And with Annika and Erin being girls, they cannot live with one style of socks. They have to have socks for Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, and socks in ever color and hue to match a rainbow of outfits. If I had all boys I could probably get away with doing it. Oh well.

So there you have it. My latest idea in helping to manage the colossal task of laundry.