I have tried all kinds of methods to stay on top of laundry. I do about six loads of laundry a week and what works best for us is to do it all at once, usually on Saturday mornings. Occasionally, I’ll get a head start and do a couple loads on Friday night. With doing it in one big chunk, the biggest factor in getting it done in one day – or, ideally, in one morning – is to change out loads as soon as they’re finished.
So, when I start a load, I pull my cell phone out of my pocket and set a timer. If I wait to walk into the kitchen to set a timer there, I forget almost every time, and three hours later, the clothes in the washer are starting to smell musty and the clothes in the dryer are beyond wrinkled. Ugh. (learn from my mistakes…..). The other nice thing about using my phone is that I almost always have it with me, so no matter where I am when the timer goes off, I hear it.
Doing this is the difference between getting all six loads of laundry done in less than five hours and spreading the process out over the course of the next two days. And the nerd in me can’t get enough of that sense of satisfaction that it’s 1PM on Saturday and all our clothes are clean (and sometimes even folded and put away!)
If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can make your timer sing a great song to you when the load is finished. If we’re going to do laundry and have things beeping at us, you might as well make it fun, right?