Laundry Organise

Our Laundry Routine

June 11, 2013
 I struggled keeping on top of our laundry for such a long time. There always seemed to be something more important or more exciting to do and my laundry just kept getting more and more out of control. Visitors coming? Shut the laundry door. Laundry piling up? Buy some big ol’ washing hampers to hide it in. Got a mountain of folding/ironing? Shove it in a spare bedroom/closet/oven! Oh I know all the tricks.

I have finally created a system that works for us and I have some tips to share with you today. I can not stress enough the importance of having a laundry routine. Lets face it, it isn’t the most glamorous of chores, so it is really easy to let it slip. If you schedule laundry into your daily routine and make it a habit, it is much less likely to get out of hand.

Firstly let’s chat about hampers, I have 5 eek! It’s not that bad, I promise. On the counter in my laundry I have a basket which holds our delicates that either need to be hand washed or can’t go in the dryer. Clothing that needs to be soaked also goes into this basket.

I have my 3 regular hampers. The darks hamper is mostly all mine and B’s clothes. The lights hamper is Hazel’s clothes and the occasional piece of my clothing. Lastly the linen hamper is for towels, sheets and bath mats. {You can read the tutorial to make these labels here}

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The last hamper is inside my laundry cupboard. All my kitchen cloths, tea towels and cleaning cloths go into this one.

Okay so this is how I run my laundry routine, it probably won’t work for everyone but hopefully you can take something from it to start your own routine.

Each morning after I have a shower I bring all the dirty clothes from our bathroom and throw them into the darks hamper. Hazel doesn’t have a hamper in her room so we have taught her to put her dirty clothes straight into the lights hamper.

Just before I go to bed each night, as part of my night time routine, I schedule a load of laundry. If your machine has this function, use it! I promise you will never look back. I set mine to start at 6am.

After we have breakfast, Hazel and I go outside and hang the clothes on the line. However, if anyone has experienced a Canberra winter, you will know it is near impossible to dry clothes outside. So, much to my electricity bills disgust, the clothes go into the dryer during the winter months.

If I have hung the clothes outside, I fold them straight into a basket when I take them off in the afternoon. If I have put the clothes into the dryer, I make a point of not letting them leave the laundry. I pull them out of the dryer and fold them on the laundry counter. Then all the clothes get put away in our closets.

The folding has been the biggest and most noticeable difference in our routine. I usually had everything washed and dried but the folding just never seemed to happen. Doing it this way means I never have piles of laundry hanging around, and the spare bed is always free when we have guests.

I have a little confession to make… I don’t iron! I know, this is some kind of housewife blasphemy. Want my secret? We don’t really have any clothes that need ironing and the ones that do go in the dryer and come out beautiful and crinkle free. B’s suits, dress shirts and pants get dry cleaned. Sure there is the occasional item of clothing that gets ironed but I never have a massive pile of ironing waiting for me.

I do a load of laundry every day of the week however if you have a bigger family you may need to do more.

    Monday – Darks
    Tuesday – Lights
    Wednesday – Towels
    Thursday – Darks
    Friday – Lights
    Saturday – Sheets
    Sunday – Kitchen Cloths

Each week I do 2 loads of darks and 2 loads of lights. All our towels and bathmats get washed on Wednesday. On Saturday I wash 1 set of sheets, we only have 2 beds with regular sleepers so we alternate weeks. I have a spare set of sheets for each bed so on saturday morning I strip the bed and put clean sheets on then saturday night the sheets go into the washing machine. I do the bulk of my house cleaning on sunday so all my tea towels, kitchen and cleaning cloths get washed on sunday night.

Do you have a laundry routine? Is it similar to ours or something completely different? I would love to hear what works for you. Please tell me there is someone else out there who doesn’t iron!

Psst – You can see my Laundry Room Reveal really soon on one of my favourite blogs – The Organised Housewife

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8 Comments

  • Reply VickiLorraine@lefthandednotions June 19, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I would so love to have my laundry set up like you. In fact, my laundry is much the same shape. I also have a large cupboard in there too. Unfortunately it is the only linen cupboard in my home. If I could only put all my linen somewhere else…thanks for the lovely blog

    • Reply foreverorganised June 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Thank you for stopping by Vicki 🙂 Maybe see if you can get rid of some of your linen or if you have space, keep spare sheets in each room.

  • Reply Anonymous June 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I would love to know where you got your hampers from. Lila Smith

    • Reply foreverorganised June 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Lila,
      I got the hampers from a dollar store we have here called Hot Dollar. I am not sure if they stock them anymore but you should be able to find something similar from Target or maybe big w.
      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Marta Weaver June 23, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I have just recently found your blog anx I love it! Very insperational! Thank you.

  • Reply sarah July 7, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Hi Jessica,

    I am new to your blog & I must say I am really loving all the ideas you share.You are something I truly aspire to be…a very organized person :). I would love to know where you got the glass jars you store your laundry powder in. They look so good

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