I don’t know about you but I HATE folding laundry. I don’t mind washing, stain treating, or drying but I cant stand folding clothes and putting them away. Or at least, I couldn’t.
I realized I had fallen into a bad routine. I dreaded folding the clothes so much I’d leave them in the dryer and fluff it five times before pulling them out of the dryer, just to dump them in a laundry basket so I could move the next load to the dryer. And when I actually did fold them, I’d stack them in a basket because I couldn’t fit them in my dresser drawers. They were always stuffed full of clothes that were stained, didn’t fit, or were out of season. All the clothes were jumbled and unfolded from me digging through them to find the right thing. So why would I put my folded clothes away when I needed them tomorrow anyway and they would just get wrinkled and unfolded in the drawer?
I finally got sick of it. I couldn’t ever find what I wanted in the drawer, and if I did it was too wrinkled from being shoved in. I was also tired of living out of a laundry basket when I have a perfectly good dresser. I came up with five steps that works for me, and I think it can help you, too!
1. Have what you need and have enough, but don’t have too much. This tip is crucial for success. If you don’t have enough, you might find you are doing it too often. If you have too much, it’s impossible to organize it. If you hate putting away dishes, maybe it’s because you only have one mixing bowl and you are tired of washing it 8 times a day and putting it away. When that happens it tends to live on your counter. But if you have too many, you will get every one out before you wash it and then have 10 bowls out and have to put them all away when they don’t really fit in your cupboard. How many times has this happened to you? By having just the right amount, you make the job simpler for you.
2. Organize it. Maybe you hate sweeping the floor because every time you have to go out of the way to get the broom, or the closet you keep it in is jammed full of stuff and half of the contents fall on you when you open the door. Or maybe you hate putting away the dishes because your cupboards are unorganized and you have to shove something in to get it to fit. Spend some time re-organizing the space and you will be amazed at how much better you feel about it! If your laundry all fits in your drawers, is nice and neat and you can find everything, you are much more likely to keep it that way. And you won’t hate doing it quite as much!
3. Break the routine. Go crazy, do something different! I conquered my hate of laundry by folding the clothes a different way. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s very neat. Here is a link to where I learned how to do it the way I do now. I love how instead of having stacks of shirts I need to sort through, I can see all of them at a quick glance. It makes it easier to find what I want, and a lot easier to put them away. Plus I’m so proud of the drawers, I just like to look at them! Also don’t be afraid to fold clothes in front of the tv or while listening to your favorite song. That makes it a much more positive experience! I love to watch my favorite I Love Lucy’s or jam out to my Queen album.
4. When you get something new, get rid of something old. If every time I got a new shirt I kept all the old ones I had, my drawers would quickly get out of hand again. So when you get something new, make sure to purge something old. And it will be fun to fold and put away that new shirt that you love instead of that old shirt that you hate.
5. Do it often. I know this sounds crazy, this is the chore you hate, right? But if you do it more often, it becomes habitual. If you hate washing dishes, it’s easier to do a couple dishes (or a lot depending on the size of your family!) a day instead of letting them pile up in the sink. When they pile up, you start to dread it. If your like me, you might put it off longer because it feels like it will take too long. I have now been doing one load of laundry almost every single day. I find its much better then doing a ton of loads of laundry in one day. Plus, you don’t get annoyed when you have to do it “not on laundry day” because every day is laundry day! 🙂
These are my five tips on overcoming your least favorite chore. They worked for me and I hope they work for you, too! Make sure and comment your thoughts and what you do to make that dreaded job a little more palatable.
Until next time,