Are you ready to tackle another cleaning habit? I sure hope so!
Today is all about the laundry!
Before we start talking about this cleaning habit, I want to ask you a few questions:
- Do you know how many loads of laundry you wash each week?
- Do you immediately transfer clothes from the washing machine to the dryer (or do you find yourself rewashing them far too often)?
- Do you have a routine for washing bedsheets and towels?
- Do you ever feel like you’re finished with laundry or is there always more?
Does that sound crazy? If so, keep on reading. There are several benefits to the one load a day routine.
- You won’t waste and entire day washing, drying, and folding laundry.
- The pile doesn’t get so high you hyperventilate at the thought of laundry day.
- There’s satisfaction in crossing at least one house cleaning task off the list each day.
Think about the last time you finished washing, drying, and folding all of your laundry. It felt good, didn’t it! Of course that feeling didn’t last long because your laundry basket filled up the next day.
But, what if you washed, dried, and folded ONE load of laundry that next day? The basket would be empty again!
The next day…rinse and repeat.
If you washed, dried, and folded one load of laundry every day, you’d never have a pile of laundry again!
Now, that would be nice!
But, what if….
What about all those excuses popping into your brain right now?
“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. Take a day off! Or wash your bedsheets or towels.
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, check back tomorrow.
“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 get home from work. Then cook dinner, play with the kids, or go about your usual routine. Once you get in the habit, you might see how easy it is to fit in with your everyday life.
“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.
However, 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 a month. If you don’t like it, you can always go back to your former ways!