How to only do laundry ONCE A WEEK
Is laundry a never ending battle at your house?
I know the combination of muddy chore clothes, formal work outfits, and baby spit up on various and sundry outfits produces a decent amount of laundry at our house each day!
I like to feel a sense of completion each time I do a chore, so I choose to do my laundry just one day a week. (click here to see my entire weekly routine) It’s so much easier for me to do it all at once, rather than constantly “needing to do a few loads”.
I know you are probably thinking that there is NO WAY you could do an entire week’s worth of laundry in one day, but I am here to tell you that is is totally possible!
Here are my strategies for making it work:
1. Have a small wardrobe.
For kids, have a play outfit for each day of the week, plus a couple extras for accidents, messes, and spills, and a couple of nicer outfits for church or special occasions. This will be about 12 outfits total.
2. Restrict random outfit changes during the day.
I am all about giving kids license to express their own personality when it comes to style and clothing, but one outfit a day is plenty!
3. Re-wear any non dirty clothes.
Adults can especially implement this strategy. I can wear a pair of pants at least twice if I am not mucking out the chicken pen, or kneeling in the garden that day.
4. Have a dirty clothes basket in each bedroom, or in centrally located areas.
This lessens the probability of dirty clothes being tossed in a corner, or under a bed, and being missed on laundry day.
(This being said, I am still working on getting my husband to actually place the dirty clothes IN the basket, and not 6 feet away on the floor…)
Once you have implemented a few of these strategies, you will be set up for laundry success!
There are a couple different ways you can do laundry once a week, but here is how we do it:
Monday is our laundry day, so before I go to bed on Sunday night, I start my first load, just to get a head start on Monday morning. This is not necessary to make it work, but it just makes it a little easier for me.
I usually have 4 dark loads, 1 white load, and 1 permanent press load. That includes clothes for all five of us, all towels and sheets. Everything we use and need to wash, except for cloth diapers. (I wash those every 3 days). Click here to get my homemade BORAX FREE laundry detergent recipe!
First thing Monday morning, I move the load I started the night before, and start a new load.
The key is to pay close attention to when each load finishes, and immediately move it along. Keep repeating this process until all loads are finished.
Ideally, I like to fold each load as soon as it’s finished drying. I dump the whole load on the kitchen island, and fold into stacks for each person. If my day is not going as smoothly as I like, I may have to wait until the evening rolls around, and fold everything all at once.
When all the folding is done, the middle schooler puts his own stack away, and I put everything else away. If you leave stacks of clean laundry around, they will inevitably get knocked over, unfolded or dirty again. So, again, immediate action is best here.
This will probably look a little different for each family.
Maybe washing one day, and folding the next, or washing during the day, and folding in the evening. Just tweak it to what works best for you!