Laundry ~ a constant pile up!

Does laundry pile up for you like it does for me?

It seems like laundry is never ending and there is not a point in thinking I’ll ever get caught up.

Having a family with young children means laundry piles up quickly! The biggest challenge isn’t the washing or the drying; for me, it’s the folding and putting away.

About a month and a half ago, I started a new laundry system in my house. I have assigned everyone their own day. This way, if they are wanting a specific outfit clean, they know when to make sure it is in their laundry basket. This allows for more efficient folding and putting away!

I only do laundry (the washing and drying part) at night time, after 7pm as that is when it is least expensive as we are on Smart Meters. Are you on smart meters? Do you worry about what time of day you do your laundry at?

Just like many organized systems, there are pros and cons to this daily laundry schedule:


  • I find this system easier to stay on top of.
  • Folding, organizing and putting away is a much more efficient process.
  • Everyone has a laundry basket in their own room so no more overflowing laundry baskets.
  • I MUST stay on top of folding and putting away otherwise people complain that they have no socks and underwear left! This system keeps me focussed.


  • If I am out one night for an event or to be social, I miss someone’s laundry night and I have to scramble to get back on track.
  • For young children, waiting a whole week for their favourite outfit to be washed is a LONG time!
  • Because each person only has ONE day a week, they have to wait a whole week to be restocked with clothing. If Mommy is a bit slow in the folding/putting away side of things, drawers can get a bit bare.

This new system is still a work in progress, but so far, I am liking it. It is working for me. I’m hoping that the rest of my family gets on board with me soon!

What about you? Do you have a laundry system?

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20 Responses to Laundry ~ a constant pile up!

  1. mamawee says:

    You probably remember my laundry post from a few months ago. I am happy to say that my laundry gets folded almost immediately. However, it still sits in the basement in the baskets….

  2. laundry would never be done if I waited past 7pm, I do probably one or two loads a day for our family of 5. I wash all the darks for the whole family together and same with the lights. everyone gets something clean out of most loads lol with all boys we have mostly darks so I find we run out of underwear the most because most of those are the lights. lol

  3. Christine says:

    Oh my goodness. I dread laundry. I used to love doing laundry when I was single. Now with a 3 year old and a farmer husband, plus students living with us, there’s SO much laundry ALL the time! 🙁

    I do laundry at night (or in the wee hours of the ‘morn so that it’s not during peak hours). I hang laundry out to dry in the AM.

    I used to separate by colours, but now just lump everything together 🙁

    Laundry gets folded, but for some reason, never makes it to where it’s supposed to be. I still have folded laundry downstairs in the laundry room.

    Enough embarrassing info about my laundry habits 🙂 LOL!

  4. My laundry system is two loads each and every day. If I miss a day, it is complete chaos. lol! I dry outside March through November, as best as I can. And, there is always a basket sitting in the living room in need of folding and being put away.

  5. I have no official system. I mostly do laundry on the weekends. And it’s usually three loads: colours, pants, and towels. I am lucky if my laundry gets folded within a week’s time. I do not like the folding part.

    And same thing here, laundry was done immediately before having children. Just like cleaning the house was done weekly. Now I am lucky if I get around to cleaning every couple of weeks.

  6. Faa says:

    If I didn’t check in the bedrooms for a few days, the laundry will pile up like a big mountain!!! Oh my goodness.

    polo_wataga at yahoo dot com

  7. Alyssa says:

    It’s incredible how quickly it can pile up. If I’m sick, away or whatever reason I happen to miss a day doing at least one small load, it piles up and becomes overwhelming for sure!

    I don’t really have an organized system I just use laundry baskets and the kids are pretty good at picking up the clothes in their rooms 🙂

  8. I don’t have a system but think I need one desperately! LOL My DD is always telling me she has no underwear and hubby always needs undershirts! There are three loads of laundry sitting waiting to be folded in my living room as we speak. Oh well, that’s life… 😉

  9. Shashi says:

    I had a system… then my 12 yr old DD stopped wanting to participate in my system! lol

    I don’t mind doing laundry but I HATE, ABHOR, DESPISE, folding it and putting it all away.

  10. MarianU says:

    I’m using the same system as yours except hubby and I are lumped together as one day darks and one day lights. The kids lights and darks get washed together (they each get their own day). One day is for sheets/towels and Sat/Sun are just in case I need to throw in an extra load days. My problem is the putting away. I put the dried folded clothes in their room and then somebody starts digging for something and I end up with a pile of clean clothes on the floor.

  11. Oh laundry is just not my friend at all. I`ve tried a couple of different routines to do laundry. My household, like yours, has a laundry basket in each room and also one in the hallway and in the downstairs bathroom in case we have an accident spill or something. I`ve been doing laundry twice a week and at night and fold in the morning when the kids are not home, but now that Summer is approaching I hope I can still fold during the day with the kids home, lol.

  12. Guppy says:

    My system is – everyones ‘regular’ laundry is done together on Mondays. Wash, dry and put away that day. We dont buy anything that needs drycleaning or ironing.

    As hubby does construction he’s responsible to wash his work clothes seperate whenever he needs to.

    We have the machines and a folding/storing table in the basement so I never have to worry about a ‘mess’ piling up if company comes over.

  13. The Zoo says:

    No real system here unless, wash when everything is dirty counts.

    Like you, we are on Smart Meters and I only wash after 7pm. Usually works out that I only wash on the weekends because it’s cheap all day. My kids are still yooung (2.5yrs) so they don’t care what they wear, yet.

    If you’re charging 25 cents a load, I’m coming over to your place!

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeysof TheZoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

  14. Laura says:

    Great system! My laundry system is
    to wait until it piles up so much that I can’t take it anymore! Thank you so much for following me. I am now following you on Twitter, FB, and StumbleUpon.
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  15. el03ro says:

    August 3-When my five children were growing up and with a husband who farmed, I probably washed every second day at least.
    Now that it is mostly my husband and me, I still do mosr of our laundry on one day and perhaps a smaller on another day.It is much easier with two! When my children were teenagers, I found myself doing towels on Christmas Day and decided it was probably not a crime to do towels on Christmas if we needed towels. I certainly know about piles of laundry!-el03ro

  16. Olivia L says:

    No system. Half the time I forget I have a load sitting in the washer and I have to rewash it because it’s gone sour overnight. Yuck!

  17. Rebby says:

    Great system, but after 6PM I am usually pooped!

  18. Victoria S says:

    On the weekends or in the evenings — I usually do all the loads I need to do in a row. Laundry is the chore I dislike the most.

  19. Huguette En says:

    No system, just wash the loads I the most of. With a hubby working in construction and a teenage son who works on cars, my laundry never stops.

  20. Jomama says:

    I love reading all the posts and getting such helpful tips! Thanks, everyone!

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