If you would have told me, a year ago, that I would be doing laundry every day and happily, I would have laughed in your face.
Why? Because no way would I ever agree to do laundry every day. I don’t hate much, but I hate washing clothes. I hate folding clothes. The thought of doing it every single day would have made me irrationally angry. Doing laundry puts me in such a bad mood.
Touching someone else’s dirty clothes makes my stomach turn. And if there is sweat on the clothes, I’ll see my way out. Those dirty socks on the couch? Nah, they’re staying there until someone else can pick it up.
My Laundry would pile up to the ceiling
I wish I was exaggerating. I could not keep up with it. Clothes would go from the dryer, to the hamper, to the coffee table in the living room. We would wake up in the morning and dig through the baskets for our clothes every day. On weekends I would try to pick it all up but come that last load on Sunday… the cycle would just start over. I wouldn’t pick it up and on the coffee table it would go.
The cats would lay in the baskets on top of the clothes, leaving cat hair on everything, Pancake would make it a nest and sleep there all day. Clothes was getting knocked to the floor every time someone dug in it. So that clothes was constantly being rewashed. I won’t wear wrinkled clothes, so even that was being rewashed.
I just didn’t have the time to do the laundry every day. More importantly, though, I didn’t want to.
Life Changing Advice
One morning on my way to work, I decided enough was enough. I was crying in my car, completely overwhelmed because I felt like I just couldn’t keep up anymore.
I started searching for a Podcast with house keeping advice. After switching Podcasts about 30 times, I landed on one that I liked. The very first episode spoke to my soul.
The wonderful lady said, if you want to keep up with your laundry, do it every day.
I’d heard people say that before and I just brushed them off because my body will be stiff and cold before you catch me doing laundry every day.
But she said to do it every day so that it doesn’t pile up. So, being that I was completely overwhelmed and willing to try anything at that point, I figured, why not?
Catch up with Laundry once and for all
That weekend, I caught up with all the laundry. I picked it all up and everything. Then Sunday night, after everyone had bathed and was getting into bed, I took all the dirty clothes from the day -which was three outfits, three pairs of underwear, and a couple towels- and put them into the washing machine.
The next morning when I woke up, I turned on my coffee pot and let the dogs outside and immediately walked over to the washer and dryer and switched the clothes over.
I was shocked at how quickly the load dried. Like, 15 minutes. When I was finished getting dressed I was able to pull the clothes out, fold it right out of the dryer and then picked it all up.
It took me seven minutes.
Seven minutes to fold and pick up laundry. When was the last time it took you seven minutes to pick up all the laundry?
The satisfaction of looking around and realizing there was no dirty clothes waiting to go into the washer was almost overwhelming.
I continued this routine for the rest of the week and by Saturday, when I would normally throw a load in to start the full day of laundry that I usually do, I had nothing to do.
I haven’t gotten behind on laundry, since.
After a week, I was singing the praises of daily laundry. I, honestly, told everyone I knew about it. It totally transformed my life.
Not only was I keeping up with laundry, but now that I wasn’t spending so much time on the weekends doing the laundry, I was able to get other projects around the house done.
I didn’t realize just how much time I was wasting on Saturday’s doing the laundry. It was mind blowing. I feel like I have so much free time now.
My Laundry Routine Turned into a Cleaning Routine
This laundry routine was the stepping stone I needed to get my entire house in order. As silly as that sounds, it is the truth. After I learned how beneficial washing a load a day was, I started running the dishwasher every day, too.
The dishes being done every day enabled me to have so much more time to do other things, rather than doing a huge sink full of dishes.
This laundry routine is what inspired my simple and quick cleaning routine. I can clean my house in minutes, now, and it stays clean all of the time.
So come Saturday morning, instead of jumping out of bed to start hours of cleaning, instead, I grab a cup of coffee and sit on the couch enjoying the quiet while I wait for my family to wake up. I catch myself, still, walking around looking for something to do.
Give it a shot
Try it out. It only took a week for me to realize how beneficial doing laundry every day was. Give it a week or two and see just how much it will transform your life.
Take it from me, a non believer. This works, ya’ll. Let me know how it goes for you!