How To Conquer The Laundry Pile In 4 Easy Steps

For years my bedroom floor looked like this.

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It was covered with huge pile of clean clothes just waiting to be folded and put away.

This pile taunted me.

It heckled me.

It bred overnight.  (I swear the pile was twice as big in the morning as it was the night before!)

It ate its young.  (And by that I mean my kids’ socks, but only one sock at a time, never a pair).

It wasted countless hours of my time hiding the articles of clothing I was constantly searching for.

But no more!  I’m happy to announce that I’ve conquered the laundry pile.

My bedroom now looks like this!  And it’s been like this for two weeks now!

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How did I do it?  Well, I’ll tell ya’ so you can do conquer your laundry pile too!

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  1. Delegate!  My 12 year old son is responsible for bringing the dirty laundry to the basement each day.
  2. Figure out a laundry schedule and stick to it!  For me this means doing at least one load of laundry every day and two or more on Saturday.  On Saturdays I usually do bedding and towels along with sports uniforms.
  3. Fold the clothes as you take them out of the dryer!  This has been the key to making this plan successful.  Once the clothes are folded, I’m motivated to get them put away before anyone (my 1 year old) dumps the basket on the floor.
  4. Delegate some more!  My husband, my 12 year old son and my 7 year old daughter are responsible for putting their own clothes away.  I fold and deposit the clean clothes into their rooms and they take it from there. My 4 and 5 year old sons also put their clothes away, but I give them one pile at a time (pajamas, shirt, pants, etc.)

What are your tips to conquer the laundry pile?  I’d love for you to share them in the comments!

Kim

The post was shared at Home Matters Linky Party.


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9 comments

    • Kim says:

      I’ll admit it takes a lot of trial and error to get to that point of being caught up and staying caught up! Thanks for stopping by Hollie!

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I was hoping you would say you got rid of some! lol My pile is just way too big and sometimes it’s just my kids have way too many clothes! So I actually have to work on sending clothes off and not being too sentimental. That and folding clothes after they are done! Sometimes I take a timer and just tell myself if I can just do 15 minutes, that’s all I have to do. And I do more usually than I thought I would! Good job! Keep up the good work!

    • Kim says:

      I used a timer when I was getting caught up. The thought of tackling the entire pile at once was just too overwhelming! I do get rid of clothes on occasion, but I need to make it more of a habit. Thanks for reminding me of that! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Alyssa says:

    That’s the key. Fold them when they come out of the dryer. Oh if I could only make myself do that! Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters LInky Party this week!

    • Kim says:

      It’s taken me a long time to figure out that folding right out dryer is key, but it’s soooo worth it! Try it next time. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Stephanie says:

    This was me the entire time my children and my husband’s children which = OUR children were still at home. We had 5 daughters ranging from 17-6 yrs of age at home with us. Imagine that laundry ALL GIRLS… The last 2 babies of the group which are 20 now and im just now getting the mounds of laundry caught up. Its so hard, and now the older girls have started bringing them wonderful grandbabies home now .. so guess what 4 granddaughters 1 grandson and another due in October, need I say more The mounds have found there way back!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you for stopping by Stephanie! I know one day I will miss the laundry piles! I try to remember that when I’m surrounded by unmatched socks. Congratulations on your grandchildren and the next one due in October! 🙂

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