Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I've been getting behind on the laundry again. Actually, I don't know if I've ever caught up with it. I have a plan though! I've had a laundry schedule all written out for months, and now I'm finally going to follow it! (You'll believe it when you see it, I know). This schedule has at least one type of load everyday. It's going to work, I know it will! (If I follow it):

Monday: O's clothes
Tuesday: Whites and Lights
Wednesday: Darks (blues, greens, blacks, dark grays)
Thursday: Reds & Browns / Jeans
Friday: Delicates / Sweaters & other handknits / Stained items (if needed)
Saturday: Bedding
Sunday: Bath towels / Kitchen towels
Every other night: Diapers & wraps
As needed (ie: daily): Baby clothes / bedding / burpcloths

I know that some people save time by not bothering to sort out colors. I never used to either, but then I had some supposedly color-safe items bleed a few times and I got paranoid. So now I not only separate darks from lights, but red-tones from blue-tones. Black can go in either load if one or the other is too large or small. I have a three-bag laundry sorter in our bedroom closet, and we just sort our clothes as we change out of them at the end of the day -- well, we do when I've remembered to return the sorter bags back to the closet after hauling the laundry downstairs in them. (oops!)

I don't separate my kids' clothes into darks and lights unless something looks suspicious. I've never had a problem (hope I didn't jinx it), and separating would create too many small loads to be worth it. I suppose I could add them to the adult loads, but that would be time consuming, and time for that kind of thing I do not have.

Now, it's one thing to throw clothes in a machine and turn it on, and it's quite another to actually get everything folded and put away each day; and let's face it, with other chores to do, pb&j sandwiches to make, babies to nurse, and butts to wipe (tmi, but true!), this does not always happen right away. I do my best. At least the clothes are clean! And we all know right where to find them - the laundry basket!

How do you manage your laundry? For those of you who actually stay caught up for more than a week at a time, how do you do it? What steps do you bother with, and what do you skip? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. I'm never caught up, but not lack of time. I hate having to go down in the basement. But I do a different kind of sort. I sort clothes that need to be hung up right away and clothes that can sit in the dryer until I get to them.

  2. I would think that the bleeding was caused solely by a new item? Once clothes are worn in enough, there shouldn't be much bleeding from blues to reds and back.