In case you were wondering that ^ is what happens when you are sick and can not do laundry for a couple of weeks. And this was with two huge loads of clothes still being washed and dried.
Now, this is not that terribly overwhelming a pile of laundry, at least not for me who is used to doing laundry once a week, but it was 10 o’ clock at night and I sure did not want to wake up to that huge pile. The two loads of clothes still washing and drying would be plenty to worry about in the morning.
Usually when I do my laundry on Mondays I fold one of two ways, do it right away (usually taking no more then 10 minutes per load) or letting it pile up if I have a lot of other things I am doing that day, then tackling it while watching a movie. Obviously, I did not do the former, and the later one would lead to a couple hours of semi-work semi-relaxing. Which is kind of a terrible way to accomplish both… I decided to try and get it done as efficiently (read: quickly) as I possibly could, so I could get to bed. I was inspired by Creative Christian Mama’s post on cleaning a really dirty kitchen in which she dives in head first and gets it done in 23 minutes. I decided I would try and get my pile of clean clothes done in less then an hour. It took me 52 minutes.
So, how did I do that?
1) I decided to not sit down while folding, or watching a movie. I knew both of those would slow me down.
2) I sorted the unfolded clothes into piles. If your kids are asleep use the floor as having more room is necessary since the piles will not be neatly folded. Sort into:
- each person’s dresser clothes
- clothes that needed to de-wrinkled in the dryer
- hanging up clothes that were fine as is (everyone’s went into the same pile)
- kitchen items (towels, my PUL workmat, cheese cloth, napkins, washclothes, ect.)
- all the socks
- bed linens which need to be put on beds
|Yes, I used the floor.|
|Clothes to hang up on the left clothes to de-wrinkle on the right.|
- I always bring the basket I store my diapers in to the pile of unfolded diapers and set them in neatly.
- When you go into the bedrooms grab the hangers you need.
|Starting (yes, I have a few folded clothes. I started before I thought to time myself)|
10 Minutes… this looks like a trashed rooms, but
those really are piles.
|20 minutes, some of the piles are folded.|
|30 minutes, it actually looks like I am making progress.|
|52 minutes. All done but the clothes I could not put
in the dryer. I even picked up the random cup and
jar rings on the floor.