How To Keep Laundry from Piling up

No one likes laundry day with all the dirty laundry piling up in the laundry room for weeks.  Sometimes the dirty clothes wind up on the floor - in a kid's closet - until they run out of clean clothes.  It is possible to always have clean clothes to wear by developing a system to keep the laundry from piling up.

  1. Buy two or three plastic laundry baskets. Place them in the laundry room where they can be noticed. Use one for towels and bedding, one for colors, and one for whites. These baskets will be used to keep laundry from piling up.
  2. Purchase a small size laundry bag to hang on the back of the bedroom closet door. Buy one for each bedroom or for each person. Another option would be to hang each laundry bag on a clothes hanger. Buy a larger clothes hamper to hold dirty towels and bedding.
  3. Put the dirty clothes into the laundry bag when you get undressed each night. This should include underwear, blouses, tee shirts and socks. Pin the socks together to make sure you do not lose one of the socks in the washing machine. Fill the bag with the dirty clothes. You are now ready to take the bag to the laundry room. This will keep laundry from piling up in your room and make sure that it gets washed.
  4. Bring each filled laundry bag to the laundry room once a week. Make it a day that everyone is home.  Remove the laundry from each individual clothes bag and put it into the pre-marked laundry baskets. Never throw the dirty wash on the floor. Have each family member toss their dirty laundry on top of the pile.
  5. Fill each laundry basket to the top with the dirty clothes. When the basket is filled, it is time to wash the clothes. Make sure you do not press down on the dirty clothes to add more clothes. That would be cheating and will not help to keep laundry from piling up.
  6. Have each member of the family take turns doing the weekly wash.  Write this chore on a piece of paper and stick it onto the refrigerator door. Add their name and the day each is responsible for washing the laundry. Check it off after the laundry has been done.
  7. Look at the list at the end of the week. The person who forgot to do the laundry that week has to pay a penalty. The type of penalty depends upon their age. An adult might pay a penalty fee, and a child might lose their allowance or be grounded for the week. Penalty fees are predetermined and agreed upon by all. This will help to keep laundry from piling up.


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