As we continue the 31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit series, we’re moving on to another habit that will make a big impact if you can fit it in your morning routine.
31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit – Habit 3
Wash 1 Load of Laundry Each Morning
Since keeping up with laundry is one of the biggest housekeeping struggles most families face, it is often extremely easy to find a reason to postpone it. In fact, when you read the title of this post, you may have had one of the following thoughts:
- I don’t have enough clothes to wash an entire load each day.
- My family so large we need to wash more than one load every day.
- I can’t wash them in the morning because I have to go to work.
- My laundry day is once a week.
All of these can be legitimate excuses! In fact, I think one or more of these thoughts on a regular basis. But let me try to explain why taking the time to wash one load of laundry each day can actually help you keep the laundry pile under control.
“I don’t have enough clothes to wash an entire load each day.”
This may be true. Depending on the size of your household, you may not have enough dirty clothes to wash each day. If that’s the case, don’t wash them. But, at least look at your laundry basket each day to determine if you have enough darks, whites, towels, colors, or a combo to throw a load in the washing machine.
If you don’t have enough clothes that need to be washed today, then you might tomorrow.
What you don’t want to happen is to wake up one day with 12 loads to wash!
“My family so large we need to wash more than one load every day.”
If you have a large family or kiddos who just keep the laundry basket overflowing, you have more reason than anyone to wash clothes regularly.
Even if you have to wash 3 loads each day it may be better than washing 15 at the end of the week. Just make sure to share the workload with other family members!
“I can’t wash them in the morning because I have to go to work.”
Depending on your schedule, you may be able to fit this in easier than you think. Throw a load in the washer when you first wake up (or get it ready the night before so all you have to do is hit “start”). Then go about your usual routine: coffee? breakfast? shower? Hopefully the washing machine cycle will be complete before you leave; then you can just transfer to the dryer and let it do the work while you’re gone.
Of course, you may have to be choosy with what you let sit in the dryer all day. Towels, workout clothes, or any other type of clothing that doesn’t wrinkle will work best. You can save the others for your day(s) off.
When you get home take a few minutes to fold what’s in the dryer and put it away. You may even be able to fit it while doing something else like cooking or watching television…multi-tasking at it’s best!
“My laundry day is once a week.”
I used to do laundry once a week. It even happens occasionally now. But, let me tell you, spending an entire day cleaning and doing laundry is not what I want to do on a “day off.”
When there are 6 loads of laundry piled on my bed that are begging to be folded, I dread it. Dread it I tell you! It seems to take forever to finish. But, when laundry is washed throughout the week, it actually seems to get folded and put away faster…usually in 5 minutes or less! Fewer clothes to fold means let time to work!
The point is…set a routine and don’t let it pile up. Try it for 31 days. If you don’t like it, you can always go back to your former ways!