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Mommy Dearest: Overwhelmed by Laundry

Mommy Dearest,

My family of five creates mountains of laundry. As soon as I finish getting a few loads folded, there's a pile of dirty clothes waiting to be laundered.

Any tips on how I can get ahead?

— Overloaded By Laundry

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Overloaded By Laundry,

I have the same problem. Our family of four also has an endless stream of washables. And, considering that at times I have three or four loads waiting to be folded, I haven't found the answer.

But I recently heard wonder woman Kate Gosselin talk about her trick on Jon and Kate Plus 8.

The mother of eight has laundry baskets for different groups — one for the little boys, one for the little girls, one for the twins and another for the parents.

That way once a wash load comes out of the dryer, it doesn't need to be sorted before it is folded and returned to the bedroom it came from.

As someone who spends a good deal of time sorting, I think investing in a wash bin for each member of my family seems like a logical way to eliminate that portion of the task. Perhaps, you'll try it too.

— Mommy Dearest

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schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I've been doing this and didn't even know it was a special trick! *pats self on back* Heh. Anyhow, I can barely keep up on laundry with just me, my husband, and baby, and can't imagine how tough it would be with more kids. It seems it's all I do between burp cloths, poopy clothes, and spit up stuff. Who knew a baby could be so dirty? Oy. I'm constantly spot cleaning, soaking, and washing. At least I apparently do the sorting right. Of course, it still tends to sit in the laundry room, sorted, but waiting to get put away.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I discovered that trick about 6 months ago and it helps a lot. It's tempting to throw a few things I know I'll need the next day in with the kids' stuff, but I regret it later. When the load is done, it gets folded and brought right to the room where it needs to go. Little kids can actually be great put-away-ers. I don't care if it's folded, just get it in your drawer!!
TwistandShout TwistandShout 9 years
If your kids are old enough to start washing their own clothes, let them do it! I started doing my own laundry when I was eight (by my own volition) and I'm sure your husband can manage to pitch in once in a while, too. Honestly, the whole idea of separating colors is completely alien to me- my family has always had separate loads for each family member and then another for towels and sheets if need be.
partyof6 partyof6 9 years
As a mom of two boys, 9 and 8 and twin girls, 5 mos. I'm thinking separate baskets for each child is genius! I seriously get depressed about the laundry situation, washing is not a problem but sorting, folding and putting away is really time consuming. The boys stuff usually ends up unfolded in one basket, baby stuff in another but then I'm always rummaging trying to find stuff. Oh the joys of housekeeping. Guess they're called chores for a reason.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I use separate hampers for my clothes, my girls' clothes and my husband's clothes. Socks also have their own hamper. I find this helps a lot with putting the laundry away which is the part I dread most. The washing itself is easy, comparatively.
sunnynight sunnynight 9 years
That's a really good idea. I also once saw a handy little plastic laundry folding tool on an episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I forgot what it was called, but it made folding t-shirts neatly A LOT easier.
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