How to create a laundry routine for your family
Laundry,  Parenting & Family

The Best Laundry Routine for Families

How to create a laundry routine for your family

I refer to my laundry routine as a train. “The laundry train keeps chugging along,” I often find myself thinking. Laundry hops on and laundry hops off, but there is always some kind of momentum to my laundry routine.

Laundry is a part of life. I believe we should all definitely be doing less laundry (see why we do too much and how we can do less in my posts below), but it is a part of life nonetheless.

You can always outsource and pay people to do it for you. If you can do this, more power to you! Or you can embrace it and take care of laundry like a boss by using the best laundry routine for families.

Check out my posts on why and how to do less laundry here:
A Break from Laundry: Why You Need to Stop Doing Laundry NOW
How to do Less Laundry: Save Time & Money

Load a day vs. Laundry day

There are two main types of laundry routines. Doing a load a day is just how it sounds: you split up your laundry throughout the week. Having a laundry day means you knock out all your laundry in one day. There are pros and cons to each depending on your lifestyle and family.

How to take care of laundry like a boss

Create a laundry routine that works for you.

I will personally be sharing my routine on a load-a-day system which is the best laundry routine for my family. If you don’t think that will work for your family, check out this post about a full laundry day by The Homes I Have Made:

How I do our Entire Family’s Laundry in One Day

The load-a-day works for my family because we are constantly moving. Each day, although it has its own routine, is different from the previous day. Doing one load a day is not dependent on me being in the house to switch and put away laundry all day.

Time of day

Choose a time of day that works best for you. For me, it’s first thing in the morning. As soon as my kids wake up, I can grab a hamper and start a load of laundry. It’s switched over to the dryer before we even leave for school in the morning!

For other families, it may work best to have an evening routine. Laundry is collected throughout the day and a load is started after dinner, in time to be put away right before bed. Ahhh, warm pajamas.

Involve your kids or partner

Even if you are primarily responsible for doing the laundry in your household, kids or significant others can be a big help in the process. Teach kids from a young age that dirty clothes go in the hamper and not strewn around the house. Re-teach your partner, too, if they’ve forgotten over the years.

If you have a certain preference for sorting (see below), make sure everyone is on board. It’s also super helpful if kids can learn to take their clothes off and turn them right side out BEFORE putting them in the hamper. 🙂

Sort laundry before it goes in the wash

A good rule of thumb is to sort laundry pre-wash how you want to put it away post-wash.

For example, I prefer to sort my laundry by child. This makes it much easier for me to put clothes away in the correct room without even thinking, especially since all 3 of my kids are roughly the same size in clothes.

My only exception to this is our wool socks. Each family member has several pairs of wool socks. They all get washed on cold and hung to dry. This is its own load of laundry to reduce the sorting that would otherwise have to be done between washing and drying.

Flush out a laundry schedule

Pre-sorting laundry automatically forms my weekly schedule.
Monday – twins’ laundry
Tuesday – Oliver’s laundry
Wednesday – my laundry
Thursday – sheets and towels
Friday – rags or couch blankets, depending on what’s needed.

Remember, to be as efficient and eco-friendly as possible, you only want to wash full loads of laundry. If a schedule like this doesn’t allow for full loads, then wait longer between washing.

Click here to read How to Make Your Laundry Routine More Eco-Friendly!
The Ultimate List of Eco-Friendly Laundry Products

For us, this changes seasonally. In the winter, with bulkier clothes and more layers, having a full load to wash once a week is no problem. In the summer, when clothes are smaller and lighter, I can go up to 2 weeks between loads! Luckily, my children have lots of clothes to get them through those weeks!

Putting laundry away

Here’s a controversial, but totally boss way to put laundry away: don’t fold your kids’ clothes. I don’t mean to hang them all. I mean, have a drawer for underwear and socks, a drawer for tops, and a drawer for bottoms. Throw all of the clothes from your freshly clean laundry basket directly into the drawers, unfolded.

Why? Why such anarchy? Let me ask you… do your kids care if their clothes are folded and wrinkle-free? Or do your kids demolish their perfectly folded drawers the second they’re looking for their special butterfly shirt and could care less? I bet it’s the latter.

If your kids don’t care whether their clothes are put away neatly, why should you? As long as they can find everything they need (hint hint – minimize their clothes if drawers are too full), it shouldn’t matter what the inside of a drawer looks like.

Laundry on busy days

Another thing I love to do? Save towels and sheets for days when I’m exhausted or super busy, but still know I need to get a load of laundry done. Towels and sheets are large items. Throw them in the washer and dryer and feel productive, BUT very little folding and sorting is needed.

For us, towels just get hung back up in the bathrooms and sheets put back on the bed. It’s a quick win on busy days that makes you feel productive without taking too much precious energy.

The Best Laundry Routine for Families

Laundry Routine Tips

Laundry is not going anywhere. You can cut back on how much laundry you do, you can make eco-friendly swaps to your products and your routines, but laundry will always be there. Develop a routine that works for your family and lifestyle and it won’t seem like such a daunting chore.

Remember, think about what will work for your family. Choose a time of day that works best, involve your kids, reflect on your sorting processes, and keep the laundry train-a-chugging so you can take care of laundry like a boss.

What works for your family? Will you give this method a try? Let me know in the comments!

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