I have a laundry tip that will literally change how you do laundry for good.
This laundry tip is for the new laundry challenge we are doing inside the Motherhood Simplified group. When I tell moms what it is, I am met with a few responses, and often they are some form of wanting to understand how this works. Or why another way of doing laundry might be better.
Here's the thing though. This method is magical, and it works. The thing about magic is that no one really understands what is happening, they just enjoy watching it.
This is how this laundry trip works. So now that I have drawn this out, are you ready to hear what it is? And then a little bit on why it works?
Do one load of laundry, start to finish, including folding or hanging it up and putting it away. Then start the next load of laundry.
So, what do you think of that?
Are you wondering if maybe it would be better to just start a load while the first is in the dryer?
Do you think it might be better to just wash and dry 5 loads then fold and put it away?
Are you just straight up confused and think this is a bunch of nonsense? It's okay if you do. After talking about this a lot I have discovered two key reasons this method works so well
It gets you into the habit of finishing what you start.
This is the number one issue for most people with anything they do, not just laundry. We start things, and then we don't finish them. And then we are left with endless projects that feel way too big to ever complete because they are halfway done and pile up.
Doing one complete load of laundry start to finish, including putting it away gets you into the habit of completing a task. It is also a huge mental release because your to do list is DONE, rather than incomplete.
You feel like a BOSS finishing each load of laundry and having it complete. It's a small shift in your behavior that has a dramatic impact on your overall sense of accomplishment every day.
It creates doable, bite size projects for you to do.
It's extremely daunting to look at 5 loads of laundry that need to be folded and put away. When are you realistically going to find an hour to finish that task?
The answer is probably between never to next to never. Nothing is wrong with you, you are just trying to do too much at once. Think of it like eating all three of your meals and snacks for the day between 8 and 9 am. You wouldn't be able to, and if you did it would really suck.
Doing one load of laundry start to finish feels doable, because it is. Not only does it feel doable, it actually moves you forward too.
Doing one load of laundry start to finish also helps you troubleshoot how much clothing you actually have, and use.
You likely have way more clothing than you can realistically wear and use. However, you have been so backed up on laundry you don't have a clear perspective on how much you have, how much is actually worn and used, and how much you can get by with having.
Doing your laundry this way will help you get into a good rhythm and figuring out how much of the clothing in your home is actually used and needed.
It will likely spark some fire under you to actually declutter those clothes as well.
If you want to get full support in decluttering your entire home, and your laundry check out Decluttering Simplified. In there you will gain access to Clothes Decluttering 101 and have a fully clutter free home!