Ma Ingalls washed on Monday. She ironed on Tuesday. And mended on Wednesday. Because of one of the most beautiful inventions of all time, the washing machine (thank you, Lord Jesus!), we don’t need to spend three days doing this – we can compress all these activities into one day. Heavy-duty washing machines available, see it here.
I’ve tried all sorts of different ways to stay on top of the laundry around this joint – I’m sure you have too. Laundry seems to sneak up from behind us and pounce when we’re not looking. In our FREE Laundry Guide we give you three different options for staying on top of your laundry, along with some nifty tips.
What I have found that works best for our family of 6 is to have one major day that I spend on laundry.
Notice that word “major” up there? Let me explain.
One by One
There is no way that doing laundry all in one day is feasible for us – four children (and a messy mommy) make a lot of laundry! It would be difficult for me to get it all done in one day. And I’ll be honest…
piles of laundry STRESS ME OUT. I do not like seeing pictures of people online showing their Mountain O’Laundry. It makes me break out in hives and I feel like I might hyperventilate. Sad…but true.
Because I don’t want laundry to pile up that way, I do at least one load of laundry EVERY DAY. I start one right before I go to bed, so in the morning it is either ready to go into the dryer or out on the clothesline.
In the book Large Family Logistics, their rule is 4 by 4: 4 loads of laundry done by 4pm. They have eight children, so they are working with a bit more laundry. So, my rule is 1 by 1.
Wash on Monday
So, what am I washing on Monday? My usual load (which is sometimes 2 because of cloth diapers and/or weekend clothing pile up). I’m also adding:
- bed sheets
- other blankets/quilts, coverings that need washing
- Rugs (if needed)
- Curtains (if needed)
- anything aside from the ordinary load of clothing
What else on Monday?
While washing laundry that day, I’m also working on other things. Sewing on buttons is not my favorite task, but sometimes it has to be done.
Mend on Monday if you can. Or if you can’t…spend Monday finding someone to mend for you. Ha!
Also, ironing on Monday. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?! I know some of you are thinking “Girl, this ain’t the stone age. Haven’t you heard of Downy Wrinkle Release?”
I have to iron dress clothes for Barry each week because he works a white-collar job. Also, I iron things that might be weird – like collars on kids’ shirts. Keep in mind ironing for the next Sunday and hanging said outfits in the closet. A nicely ironed dress for church makes everyone there think you got it going on. Ha ha!
Is there an outfit in your closet you never wear because it needs ironing? Iron it on Monday. The end.
Prepping for the rest of the week
On Laundry Day I also prep our clothes for the rest of the week. I take a look at the calendar and plan accordingly. Then, I choose our clothes and hang them in the closet, in order by day. In the mornings, it’s easy to grab and get ready instead of standing there pondering what to wear.
I also do a version of this method using File Crates for the kids. They can’t come to me and say, “Moooooooom, what do I wear today?!” They know.
If you’d like to see our File Crate Dressing System, check it out HERE.
And that’s what laundry day looks like around here – how you could modify this to suit your needs?
Other posts in this series:
- Clean on Tuesday
- Bake on Wednesday
- Town on Thursday
- Office Day on Friday
- Get Ahead on Saturday
- Chores to do Daily
- Chore FAQ
- What Would Ma Ingalls Do?
- Embracing Your Inner June Clever
- Each Day Has Its Own Proper Chores (chart included)