Laundry Systems That Actually WORK!

Earlier this week I shared the plans for the laundry basket dresser I built years ago to help tackle the clothing clutter in our house.

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While this baby works miracles for storing and organizing laundry, I have always struggled to find a system that works well for our family. There are always piles of dirty clothes that need to be washed, and if you look in my dryer, you’re almost guaranteed to find a load of wrinkly clothes that need to be folded.

This lack of laundry success led me on a hunt to find a laundry system that actually works. I stumbled upon a variety of approaches that range from knocking all the laundry out in one day to doing only one load each day so it’s not so overwhelming. I also found several non-traditional tips and tricks to cut down on laundry time, even one that does away with time-consuming folding completely. Are you intrigued???

I’d love for you to check out these approaches and give me feedback. Have you tried any of these laundry systems? What works and what doesn’t for your family? Do you have an entirely different system that you use and love? Help this girl out!

Here are five non-traditional approaches to doing laundry and tips and tricks that save precious time!

Three-Day Laundry System

Three Day Laundry System

Katelyn at What’s Up Fagans finally found a laundry system that works for her family of six. It involves breaking laundry tasks up over a period of three days. Katelyn says, “It’s a tad lazy, child labor heavy, and completely manageable so that I’m not feeling overwhelmed by another daily to-do chore.”

Holly’s Crazy Laundry Method

This laundry method will blow your mind!

Over at The Coconut Head Survival Guide, Holly calls her laundry system “crazy” because it breaks the traditional approach that involves sorting laundry and then laundering the entire family’s dirty clothes together. In Holly’s system, adult and children clothes never “co-mingle.”

How to Keep Your Laundry Basket Empty EVERY Day

How to Keep Your Laundry Basket Empty Everyday

For Christina at The Frugal Homemaker laundry day usually involved washing clothes and then piling them on the bed with intentions to eventually fold and put them away. However, they ended up piled on the floor until the next laundry day came around. Sound familiar? If so, you’ll want to check out Christina’s more manageable system that involves only one load a day.

Four-Step Laundry Routine

4-Step Laundry Routine That Works

Erin at The Humbled Homemaker has a four-step approach to doing laundry that also focuses on only one load a day and most of the work is completed in the few minutes her kids are getting ready for bed each night.

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Dawn at I Think We Could Be Friends says her slightly unconventional laundry system cuts her workload in half and even her husband has noticed there is less laundry clutter in the bedrooms. Her approach involves paring down on clothes and linens and saying adios to laundry baskets AND folding. That’s right… no more folding!

Again, I’d love to get your feedback and any helpful laundry tips and tricks in the comments!

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