I got a comment from one of you over the weekend that made me so happy. It was from a recent Laundry Day Convert.
I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I always resisted the idea of a laundry day. I own a front loader which takes at least 1.5 hours (depending on the laundry program) which is common here in the Netherlands. And I also don’t own a dryer, because of space-issues. These were always great excuses for me to not do a laundry day, because I simply wouldn’t make it in one day…
But this weekend was my first totally free weekend in a while, with good-enough weather to dry and my laundry baskets were piling!
So I decided I should at least try it! On Saturday I washed all the clothes, I really love your idea of finding every last piece of clothing (except for that one sock i found under the couch on sunday, boo) because it leaves you no excuses! And then on Sunday I washed all the towels, sheets, rags, dishcloths, mops… literally EVERYTHING that I wash on 60 or 95 degrees (Celsius).
Point of this whole story, I washed every last piece of laundry in the house (except for that one sock and the clothes we wore) and when I went to bed on Sunday evening I was sooooo happy and satisfied! So happy I might even try to do it again next weekend, when I have less time, but hopefully also a lot less laundry!
So thank you so much for all your great tips! And especially the one about finding every last bit of dirty laundry! (And I’ll first check under the sofa next week!)
Yay!!! I am a big fan of each person finding a routine that works for her unique personality, but I also know people like me tend to get overwhelmed at the thought of a Laundry Day and so we resist trying it.
I decided to do a quick search for past comments from others who love Laundry Day:
I started having Laundry Day about 3 months ago and I L-O-V-E it. I tell everyone I know. It’s like the gospel of housekeeping. Tuesday has been laundry day but next week it moved to Wednesday to accommodate my newly-minted middle school football player’s game schedule.
Your post about the way you learn led to my deliverance from the never-ending cycle of guilt and no clean underwear. Thanks so much for giving me permission to be me. ❤️
My mantra has been “Dishes, Dinner, Laundry”. I would chant it all day to remind myself to focus on the critical tasks that had to get done every day.
About a month ago, though, I read a post of yours about the way you learn. It gave me permission to try doing ONE BIG laundry day every week, instead of trying to do a little laundry EVERY blessed day. It is working out BEAUTIFULLY!
Now, I need a new mantra. May work with your summer checklist for that…
My laundry day got moved to Tuesday this week, and due to crazy busy craziness, laundry didn’t get folded last week. But, as the first load was washing today, I folded all of last week’s laundry, and am on track today. The best thing about habits is that even when they are derailed, you can jump back in and catch up.
I have been LOVING one laundry day! I still toss in one load a day through the week, but i have ONE designated day that i get the bulk of clothing done and that frees up the rest of the week for towels, sheets, kitchen rags, critical loads of pants/undies for the 4yo who still has accidents etc. My 9yo also picked a laundry day for herself (because she got tired of waiting on mom to wash her clothes) and whips through it in no time. Its also been nice to say “Hey, while you’re down there, could you switch loads?” and she will toss the dryer load onto my bed for me, and go from there. The 4yo helps to fold and puts her clothes away–not neatly, but she’s FOUR!, and the 6yo folds and puts his clothes away as well.”
I have recently implemented a weekly laundry day inspired completely by you! Today was my third successful laundry day and I feel on cloud nine each time the day is over. I feel so accomplished and there are not clothes all over my dresser. Part of my laundry day is to clean the laundry room too and make homemade detergent if necessary. Though I feel like I spend a lot of my time in my laundry room on laundry day, I don’t have to go in there for the rest of the week! Thank you for the inspiration!!
Aaaaahhhhhh. Those comments make me happy.
Again, if you have a routine that works for you, keep doing it!! But if laundry is a constant frustration and you find yourself (or your family) running out of undies more often than you’d like (which is EVER), I encourage you to give Laundry Day a shot. And don’t forget it’s the SECOND Laundry Day that wins people over. That’s when you get a realistic understanding of what ONE week’s worth of laundry is (and how long it takes to do it all) in your house.
Other posts about laundry:
Are you a member of the Laundry Day Club? (If not, don’t worry. We’ll still be friends!)
Oh, and if you’re a true Laundry Day lover, you know that the picture doesn’t’ really fit my laundry day style since I don’t use laundry baskets when I’m doing Laundry Day right!
*FYI, Laundry Day probably won’t work for you if you’re on a septic system, as it may overload your system. Sorry!--Nony