How To Make Sure You'll Actually Put Your Laundry Away

How to Make Sure You'll Actually Put Your Laundry Away

The hardest part of doing your laundry isn't the sorting, stain-removing, washing, drying or folding. It's getting those clean clothes back where they belong, rather than using your laundry basket as a makeshift wardrobe. Fool yourself into finishing that essential last step.

Photo by Melissa Hillier.

Lauren Hill writes on Mama's Laundry Talk (she must love laundry!) how she sabotages herself to put the clothes away: She dumps the whole pile on her bed so she has no choice but to fold the clothes and move them to where they belong. Or, as she writes:

I round up everyone that can walk and point them to their particular piles on my bed. I have them put everything away that they are capable of, reminding them to keep it folded to the best of their ability.

And I try not to cringe knowing that the clothes I have just folded so nicely are now being thrown and shoved into drawers.

But the result? It's so worth it. After they are put away, I can lie down in my bed (that's been calling my name since I left it early that morning) feeling guilt-free about my Laundry Life.

Never put folded clothes back in the basket. It's a trap.

How to Get Your Laundry Put Away [Mama's Laundry Talk]


Comments

    Learning the Japanese origami style of folding shirts definitely made the folding side of things a lot faster for me.

    If you have the space, hang and dry your clothes on hangers. If you get them out of the washing machine as soon as the wash cycle finishes you probably won't have to iron most items. Once dry they can go directly from the line to the cupboard.

    She dumps the whole pile on her bed so she has no choice but to fold the clothes and move them to where they belong.

    Oh, there's another choice. It's called 'the bedroom floor'.

    And then she puts The Fugees on, watches some conspiracy theory and relaxes.

    The only problem is that it doesn't work for single bachelors like me with a double bed. I can just move them to the free side and pick them out as I need them

    The clothes that are in my wardrobe are the clothes I do not wear.

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