One Simple Tip to Make Laundry Easier

One Simple Tip to Make Laundry Easier

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Can I confess? I actually don’t mind doing laundry. I’d rather do laundry than a lot of other household chores. I like the feeling I get when the laundry is washed, dried, folded, and put away – in other words, finished.

I’d rather do laundry than scrub bathtubs or mop floors. It seems they get dirty again before they even have a chance to dry. At least with laundry (even for a brief time), you can be caught up.

It’s just laundry

It’s not a big deal for me.

How do you feel about doing laundry?

I suspect that the reason I don’t mind laundry duties is that I’ve created a system that is so automatic, I don’t really have to think about it. It’s second nature. I have my system, I stick to the system, and laundry takes place in the background, almost – it’s there, but it doesn’t have to be my main focus. I can concentrate on other activities, and still get the laundry done.

When I say done, I do mean washed, dried, folded, and put away. Because if you know me, you know I’m all about finishing a task.

I know there are a lot of people who struggle with laundry and find it to be an almost insurmountable task.

Someday I will write out the entire process of how I do laundry.

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The Laundry Isn’t Finished Until It’s Put Away

Right now, I am going to give you what I think is probably the key to my system. This is the one thing I do with every single load that ensures that not only do I get the laundry washed, but I also put it away.

Every load of laundry I do gets put away, right away. Not the next day or next week or even an hour after it comes out of the dryer. Right away.

I’ll admit, I thought everyone did laundry the way I do. Then I found out that I don’t even do laundry like my own mother, the woman who taught me how to do it in the first place.

Here’s what I’ve discovered most people do:

When the laundry is dry, they remove it from the dryer, either folding it as it comes out or carrying the basket to another location and folding it there. Either way, as each item gets folded, it gets placed in the folded pile and is ready to put away.

The Problem with Finishing the Laundry

So what’s the issue?

The folded pile. One big pile with everything in it. This stuff is ready to put away. But if it’s all in one big pile, then you put it away by taking off the top item and then the next. When it’s all mixed together, you end up putting away one shirt in your son’s room, then a dress in your room, a couple of pairs of shorts in your daughter’s room, then back to your room. Talk about a headache!

Alternatively, maybe you have another step in there in which you sort the big pile into smaller piles according to where things belong. Still a lot of work.

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How to Finish the Laundry: The Simple Solution

The simple solution: As you fold each load of laundry, you create piles. Plural. Like goes with like. For instance:

  • Husband’s t-shirts – first pile
  • Your t-shirts – second pile
  • His jeans – third pile
  • Your jeans – fourth pile

You will end up with a number of different piles. I mostly fold clothes on my bed for just this reason. There’s plenty of room to spread out.

But here’s the beauty of the multiple pile system: You can now pick up the contents of an entire and put it away in one step. When everything is grouped with like items, putting away laundry only takes a few seconds. Put away all of your tshirts in one move. Put away all of your shorts in one move. And so on.

Here’s a quick visual, using towels instead of clothing:

I fold the beach towels and place them together. The bath towels go together, as do the dishtowels, and dishcloths.

folded towel on bench: finished laundry

Once folded, stack on stack, and carry to each location and put everything away. That load is finished. The next load’s barely started in the dryer, so go take care of something else (or sit down and put your feet up – I won’t tell!)

folded towels in pile; finished laundry

Fold laundry into like piles. It’s the fastest way to finish the laundry. Try it and let me know what you think!

folded piles of laundry



16 thoughts on “One Simple Tip to Make Laundry Easier”

  • Ahhhh laundry – the bane of my existence. I always imagin that was how Sysiphus felt – it’s never-ending! But Yes – I definitely stick to the Pile system – My daughter and the boys get their own piles and I deliver it to their rooms in separate trips, and the husband gets his own one too. I agree with you laundrey is not the worst house chore – but it is for me the most repetitive – thank God for Netflix that keeps me entertained while I fold all those piles late at night…

    • It is definitely more work, the more people you have in your home. Can you fold each load as you go, instead of all at once at night? That might help. Also, look forward to the day when your kids can do their own laundry!! Thanks for reading.

  • I do it the same way. When the clothes are dry I fold them on the bed and put them right in closet. My mom just makes huge piles and then waits to iron them. I don’t iron at all, just shirts when I need them. I don’t have enough space to have clothes waiting in piles for me to fold them and then put away. It needs to be done right away.

    • I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who doesn’t do it the same as my mom! I do iron some, but not too much to be annoying. Good for you for being efficient! Thanks for reading!

  • I don’t mind doing laundry but I hate folding it. Since my kids are older so this task is not mine anymore but I really like the tip of putting everything on the bed so you have bigger space to sort it out.

  • Great post Lori! I hate laundry, and we have the pile problem of leaving it in the dryer, moving it on top of the dryer, or on a chair and repeat! Before you know it, the laundry is mixed together and you can’t find something you wanted to wear. It seems lost! It is so frustrating, so thank you for this post to motivate me to fold it right away. Would make life much easier!

    • Denise, I think your way is probably more common than mine! I hope folding right away works for you and it becomes less frustrating. Thanks for reading!

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