Please can anyone give me some advice on how to keep on top of the laundry? I seem to have mountains of washing everywhere, and no structure in place to keep on top of it. I think I need a routine. How do I do it?? Please help!
You need to realistically assess what needs washing each week and make a timetable - it then doesn't matter who does the washing (you, your partner, your children, your housekeeper), because what needs doing gets done. Ie today it's Friday and that means the sheets from our double bed get washed. On Wednesday all towels in the house get washed. Etc.
Don't let teens get away with dumping once-worn jeans and hoodies in the wash basket!
Either. If you have space, you can buy trollies with three compartments. But in the flat we had laundry bags in people's wardrobes, and once a week we used to round it all up, divide it into the three baskets (which stacked), and do it all in one day.
My friend has an even better system. She did an old house up and installed Laundry chutes in all the bathrooms where chimneys had been. These lead to a basket in front of the washing machine!!!!
I don't separate darks and lights -- never have, with no ill effects I can see (I wash at 40-60 degrees and don't have any white clothes though). Everything for me, DH and DS goes in one basket and when it's full I chuck it in the wash. Once a week I do towels/bedding. Never iron (strategic drying/never buy clothes that really need it).
My advice is to do the minimum necessary and forget all the 'rules', do what works for you.
OH does his work clothes after he gets home on Friday evening. They are dry by Saturday when I do the bedding and towels. These are dry by the end of the weekend. I do my clothes then sometime during the week. It's basically about finding a habit that suits you and just doing it.
I'd love laundry chutes. And a utility room. And a housekeeper.
Laundry reduction should be first approach imo. Towels used at least 3/4 times, clothes worn at least twice, apart from undies etc. Reduce the amount of clothes, towels and bedding you own, then you simply can't have huge piles, you have to wash or be naked.
The only thing that makes is bearable is remembering what it was like on The 1900 House. Laundry is still one of the most depressing household chores going but at least it isn't like it was back in the day.
those of you who can dry 2 loads of washing on airers in a day. how?
i hang 2 loads on my airer in my airing cupboard with the dehumidifier on and it takes over 24 hours to be completely dry. and i t does get quite wram in there when the water is hetaing in the tank. how are you getting yours dried in 12 hours?
When I was a child we had a laundry chute (big old Edwardian house). It was in my closet which was located directly above the kitchen then above the basement area where the utility room was.
It did save lots of trooping down stairs with big loads of laundry and made life easier for my mother. She early on instituted the rule that all dirty laundry went into a hamper in the bathroom but I would regularly get siblings entering my room with dirty socks & wanting to drop them down the chute. And yes a number of stuffed toys and other items did make the trip as well.
It had a little hinged door and wasn't very wide, maybe ten inches square so bulky items had to be dangled through and quite regularly we had to use a broom handle to push through a wedged towel or something.
I've never actually known anyone else with a laundry chute. Brings back happy memories . Though looking back now I realise my mother then had to cart all the clean clothes back upstairs...