When I came across this post by Angie called “Revolutionize Your Laundry Routine” over on Echoes of Laughter- it literally stopped me in my tracks! Because it made me question- AM I DOING LAUNDRY ALL WRONG?
I mean, when you've been doing something multiple times a week, year after year- you think you might have a handle on the best way to do it! But her post made me think that maybe I'm not!
Here's How I Do Our Family's Laundry
This is how the whole laundry-thing goes down in my house….
Step 1: Assign some “lucky” child the task of gathering all of the laundry from the hamper baskets in the kids' room and in the bathrooms. Assign a second “lucky” child the task of sorting it into piles based on whites-lights-darks. (I often select “winners” for these jobs based on whoever was the most poorly behaved at dinner!)
Step 2: Wash and dry the laundry that's been sorted by color. (Mom's job) Haul clean laundry in baskets to my bed for sorting.
Step 3: Fold and sort the laundry putting each person's laundry in a basket (Mom's job). Put away my and my husband's clothes as I go.
Step 4: Ask kids (often repeatedly) to collect their folded laundry from my bed and put it all away. (They are better at the collecting than they are at putting it away).
How Does Angie Do Her Family's Laundry?
Now to me- this was revolutionary (just like the title says).
I mean it. Are you ready?
Each child has their own basket in their room. Just one basket- no hampers for dirty laundry.
Once a week, Angie goes into the room, takes each child's laundry basket separately, and washes it, one child's laundry at a time. If there is enough of an individual child's clothing- then she might sort it into lights vs darks- but if not- she washes it ALL AT ONCE!
Then she dries it, folds it and puts it right back into that child's laundry basket and takes it to his or her room for the child to put away.
Am I The Only One Stricken By This Revelation? Am I Doing Laundry All Wrong?
You mean if you wash it all together it won't come out as one bland shade of greige?
Can whites ever really and truly be white if they aren't washed in hot water or with bleach?
And are you really telling me that if I return a bin of clean laundry to a kid's room that they will actually put it away rather than just wearing stuff out of the clean laundry bin all week while simultaneously adding dirty laundry to the same basket? (Because I am fairly certain that if left to their own devices, my kids would wear the same pair of underwear for an entire seven days without thinking twice about it!)
These are BIG questions here people- and I need to know- how do you do your family's laundry?