I'm not a fan of laundry. I don't know anyone who is (and if they say they are they're either lying or tipsy). Before I came up with this easy and simple laundry routine, you could show up at my house and see a fully clean basket of laundry either in my laundry room or in my bedroom desperate for a fold. I don't know what it is but this is the step that always detoured me away from the task. I blame the dryer, honestly, the dryer takes longer than the washer so I would often get distracted or on to something else while the clothes were drying. In any case, I've found a new laundry system that works for me and my family (and has eliminated those pesky baskets of laundry).
First things first, I'd like to thank our Modern Handmade home series partner Kitchen Stuff Plus for all the organizational storage required for this laundry routine. Specifically the 3-drawer fabric carts which are at the center of the idea.
- I don't separate based on colour or fabric. Most of my kids clothes are dark (I rarely buy anything white for my boys).
- I do laundry by person rather than by a big family basket.
- If the clothes are really soiled I wash them completely separate.
- I do not fold pajamas (and never will).
Okay, so here's the gist, I used two sets of these fabric drawer units from Kitchen Stuff Plus. I assigned one drawer for underwear/socks, one drawer for pajamas and one for dirty clothes. The rest of the drawers are for folded clean clothes. I told my kids to always place their dirty clothes in the bottom left drawer (the one for dirty clothes). Then once it is filled I simply grab the drawer full of dirty clothes, wash them on a quick cycle, fold the clothes (or don't fold, whatever floats your boat), put them back into the drawer I brought them down in and insert it back into the top of the unit. Then I insert an empty drawer in the bottom left as the new dirty laundry drawer.
I know this sound complicated so I've put together a video to help explain this laundry routine a bit better: