Washing is just one of those tedious household chores that is never-ending. It always feels great when you found the bottom of the pile, but then the next day it’s back there again!
My family is quite large – there are seven of us! When the laundry became hectic and everyone was wanting their favorite shirt or pair of jeans, I was becoming overwhelmed. Then when my kids needed their sport’s uniform cleaned and ready for the next day, I knew it was time to find a system that worked for us and to keep my sanity.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with your laundry or need a schedule to help getting your laundry washed and clean, then you need to create a laundry schedule that works best for you.
Take a look at how to Create a Laundry That Is Right for Your Family!
Determine How Much You Wash
The first step to creating a laundry schedule that works for you and your family is how much wash you need to do daily or weekly. Knowing how much laundry there is to wash is the first critical step.
If you don’t have an idea of how much wash you do daily or weekly, then consider tracking what you wash for two weeks to get an idea. Make sure you keep track of what you wash by recording it on a piece a paper with the date and what was washed.
Consider everything you wash in your home. Some things to think about are the clothes, towels, sheets, and dividing those into dark and lights.
What is Your Schedule?
Next, you want to think about your life schedule. What is your schedule like during the week? What are the best times of the day to get the laundry done?
You want to schedule your laundry around when you aren’t working late or busy with other activities the family might have. No one wants to do laundry at midnight!
If you are working from home or a stay at home mom, then it’s a lot easier for you to get the laundry done. You can throw in a load of laundry when you have some time in between your work or when you aren’t busy with the kids or other household chores.
If you are working outside of the home, then it’s a little harder. You will need to plan a laundry schedule that’s based around when you are home and not staying up late to get it done!
Creating the Laundry Schedule
Creating a good working laundry routine starts with deciding what works for you to get it done. Are you more productive in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings?
Write down all the loads of laundry you need to get done for a week. Include everything you can think of, even if it takes two loads to wash the bedding sheets or towels.
One Load a Day
If you find it hard to do laundry, I recommend starting off with trying to do at least one load a day. Toss in a load of laundry around when you will likely be more productive to get it folded and put away. Remember above you needed to decide if you would do it during the mornings, afternoons, or evenings.
By the end of the day, the laundry will be washed, dried, folded, and put away!
If you have a large family or just lots of laundry to get done, a one load a day system will not work for you. One load a day laundry can really work well for those who work outside the home. Put in a load of laundry in the morning and switch it over to the dryer when you come home. Put the laundry away before going to bed.
Weekly Laundry Schedule
A weekly laundry schedule works great for moms that work at home or stay at home moms. This is also the laundry schedule I recommend doing for those who have a large family – like me!
Toss in the laundry in the morning. Throughout the day you can switch the laundry over and spend time folding and putting it away. You will have plenty of other time to get other things accomplished too.
If you prefer to have a set weekly laundry schedule with washing certain items, then make your own!
For example, yours might look like this:
- Monday – Dark colors
- Tuesday – Light colors
- Wednesday – Bedding sheets
- Thursday – Towels and cleaning rags
- Friday – Dark and lights
- Saturday – Towels, or other items that need to be washed
- Sunday – DAY OFF!
Having a laundry schedule will really make your life so much easier. It only takes a few minutes to figure out your schedule that works best for you. You’ll be happy that you did once it’s completed and you stick with it!