Laundry: love it or hate it?

How many loads of laundry do you do each week?

Since having two boys, the amount of time I spend lugging laundry bags down to the basement, doing the washing, drying, folding, and lugging them back upstairs again has skyrocketed. My husband and I used to do a load once a week (or every 10 days).

Post kids – we were up to four times a week. But I’ve since pared it back to three “anointed laundry days” (Monday & Friday for kids, and Sunday for grownups).

And that probably sounds infrequent to moms with more kids.

I happen to love doing the laundry. I love grabbing armfuls of warm fluffy goodness out of the dryer. And, at the risk of sounding like a complete lunatic, I adore folding.

I love the “crack” that shirts and pants make when you whip them in the air before laying them down on a flat surface. I love wiping the wrinkles out with a firm swipe. And I love finding just the right point in a shirt or pair of pants to fold, so that when done, it looks good enough for a shelf at the Gap (yes, I worked retail in my youth!).

The one thing that I don’t love is my laundry closet. While perfectly functional, it’s not visually inspiring at all. The washer and dryer are in a closet in the basement playroom. It has some shelves above, but overall the aesthetic is pretty bleak.

One of the projects I am committed to completing this year is transforming our simple closet into something beautiful.

I turned to Pinterest (where else!) for some inspiration:

I love the idea of a backsplash and cabinets with closed doors

{image found here}

Wall decals are also a neat way to dress things up without spending much.

{decal available on Etsy}

We NEED a change jar…so simple, practical, and lovely with the chalkboard sticker

{image via: Pawleys Island Posh}

And why not make laundry soap too?

{full soap making tutorial over at Being Creative to keep My Sanity}

What about you – are you a freaky laundry-lover like me or do you loathe it?

  • Brandy Graves

    I lean more toward loathing it. We do not have a laundry room, closet, or anything resembling a good space for our washer/dryer. Therefore, everything goes from the dryer to the living room to get folded and placed into four separate laundry baskets (one for each member of the house). However, my kids (1 & 3 years) do like ‘helping’ with the folding, so at least it can be entertaining – although sometimes more of a hindrance to getting it done. lol I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to what I would love a laundry room in my house to have. I should try your designated laundry days idea. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Sheena

    I loathe it! My husband and I are in the process of cutting back our massive wardrobes into something that matches FlyLady’s motto: Do I love it, use it, and have a place for it?.. it’s been a long road, and it’s going to take a lot longer. Add in 2 little girls (4 & 2), and I usually have 12.. yes, 10 + 2, loads of laundry to do every week. I normally split the work up between days, but still I have 5 or more loads to do every day I do the laundry. I also enjoy the smell and feel of warm, dry, clean clothes. However, folding and hanging clothes is the chore I hate the most out of everything else. Trash, dishes, and changes diapers are all better in my mind (I’m weird, I know, lol).

  • Cassie

    Love love love laundry. I even like the laundromat, where there are so many machines and there’s so much room to fold, but for now, I’ll keep my in-home washer and dryer. We were doing 4-5 loads per week (family of 4) but with new front-loading machines, we’ve cut that in half…they just hold so much! As a recovering Gapper myself, my folding skills are incomparable and I love the feeling of doing the laundry and putting it away and having it all look lovely. The one thing I do find irritating? The fact that by the time the empty laundry basket gets back to the bedroom, there’s a small pile of socks or pajamas waiting to be put in…ah, a laundress’ work is never “done”…

  • roof6pk

    I have 4 kids and 4 loads a day. I HATE IT! My teens are assigned to wash, dry, fold their own, but they always decide to do it at the same time and the wash room looks like a tornado hit. We cant get in a routine no matter how hard I try. I have done a calendar, I have done a chore chart, I have done chalkboard. We are just too busy to be organized about it and laundry is a dreaded chore.

  • Cassie

    I mean this only in the most curious way possible, but why are there four loads per day? I fear the day my kids get into sports thinking that the laundry will get out of control…is it something like that? Sorry there’s so much in your house!!

  • Oumm Muhammad

    Im indifferent when it comes to loading the laundry. I hang up my clothes on the shower rod (to save energy). After the clothes are drying, folding and putting away is what I loathe. I wash every member of the houses’ laundry separately. Even the baby and the toddler’s laundry gets it own load. Doing it this way allows me to let laundry pile up if I cant get to it without everyone running out of clean clothes.

  • Donna

    I like laundry and don’t find it time-consuming or difficult at all. I just stick to a schedule. We have two kids. I do their laundry every Monday–I do all of their stuff in their own load. The colors never blend into one another and our front-loading washer holds everything just fine. So, two loads on Monday of all of the kids’ things. Then on Tuesdays I do me and my husband’s laundry, plus towels and our sheets. It’s usually 3-4 loads and I’m done by early afternoon with everything. Then no more laundry until the following Monday. Easy peasy! :-)

  • Nicole

    I don’t love or hate it. I LOVE the way it smells up my whole house with fresh clean linen smells (we don’t have basements in Houston tx, so my laundry room is in a kind of hallway to my garage. I just open the door and the house fills with fresh clean smells :) I don’t iron or fold because I HATE it! I get everything out warm, snap the wrinkles out and lay it all flat. Later I will hang it all up. We are a family of 5 but I only do 4 loads per week. Darks, Whites, sheets and towels, little girls clothes. I have a large capacity top loader and my 13 yr old does his own. :)

  • Nicole

    Oh yeah add another load. I forgot about diapers! We do cloth but that’s a really easy load. Wash, dry in the sun, load in a basket and done. :)

  • Sarah

    Totally agree with you on that one @Nicole!

  • Sarah

    :) Good on you for using cloth diapers. I think our grandchildren and great grandchildren will thank you for the extra work you’re doing…

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