How busy are you? Are you unbelievably busy? Busy people’s lives can cross the fine line between order to chaos in no time! When you are tightly scheduled, it just doesn’t take much to tip the scales to the messy side of life. All it takes is an unplanned for interruption of your regular schedule, such as a bout of illness or your car needing to go to the shop, to do it. That’s when stuff starts piling up.
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The two areas of the home that clutter faster-than-fast are the kitchen and the laundry room. When life is on track, we can keep up with it. If we lose our rhythm, it collects really fast. So then, today let’s talk about laundry.
How do you dig out from under piles of laundry and regain peace and order? First, recognize that it is not impossible. You can do it. Now, create a plan and follow through.
Pick your strategy. What will your plan be? Decide whether you will take it on in one day, one weekend or over a whole week.
Implement the plan. You can multi-task this rescue operation with other projects that need to be done but make the commitment that you will complete “the cycle” to the end. Do not stop midstream, leaving some clothes in the washer and some in the dryer.
- Wash a load
- Dry it
- Fold it
- Bring it to it’s destination
- Put it all away.
Be consistent and don’t get distracted. Whether you make your way through the pile of laundry all at once or over a period of days, stick with the plan. Do not stop until all of the dirty laundry is clean and put away.
Maintain your success. After all of your clothes are clean and put away, continue this good habit so that you don’t get behind again. If life takes over, and sometimes it will, you’ve succeeded in the laundry room once before so, do it again.
The right tools make a job so much easier. How do you handle your laundry? Do you use laundry hampers, laundry baskets, or both?
How many laundry baskets do you use for the process? Do you hang some clothes in the laundry room before moving them to the closet?
To simplify the cycle, you should have at least two baskets. One for transporting the dirty clothes to the laundry room. The second one is to put in the bedroom to replace the full one you just removed.
There are some really nifty tools you can add to your arsenal that will help you better enjoy conquering that pile of laundry including: narrow laundry carts fashioned to fit between your washer and dryer, garment racks to hang clean clothes straight out of the dryer and drying racks to lay sweaters and delicates out to dry.