In our bid to reduce parents’ laundry cycle from 3 hours of tedium to 30 minutes of bliss, we addressed 3 time-gobblers in our previous article.
Now, we’re on the home stretch to tackle the final two:
If you air-dry your laundry, hang the freshly washed clothes of the same category together. This would have been an insane activity previously, but would be a cinch if you follow our previous post, since the clothes are sorted prior to washing. What’s more, the same types of clothes tend to take round about the same time to dry, so it makes the collection easy too.
Okay, we know – it sounds a little OCD at this point, but stay with us…
When collecting the clothes from the laundry line, the usual practice is to dump them into one big pile, like so.
We then sort and fold each article of clothing one by one, creating mini (tumbling) piles around us in the process, like a moat. Meanwhile, our laundry area/ living room/ bedroom looks like the Tazmanian Devil has just gone through our wardrobe.
Try this the next time you do a load of laundry. Grab a few small baskets and designate each for one category of clothes. Collect clean laundry and place them into the appropriate box, before putting them aside. Then when you have 15 minutes to do some folding, dump the contents from one box into your processing area, fold the items, placing them back into the box as you go along.
By breaking a huge folding task into small manageable chunks, we overcome the psychological barrier of folding a large and formidable pile of clothes.
There are several advantages to this approach:
Finally, all the laundry time-globbers are officially busted!! Welcome to the new world of 30-minute laundry cycles!
This two-parter is probably our most process-oriented article in the series. It defies convention, but try it – we know it works. The good thing about this approach is that you can stop and start any time along the way, without having unsightly garment piles lying around.
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Next up: Creating a fun and functional wardrobe for baby.