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How To Create A Laundry Schedule
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Creating a laundry schedule or routine is the simplest and easiest way to keep up with your laundry on a regular basis.

4 questions to ask yourself to create the perfect laundry routine for you and your family. Don't follow someone else's plan, make your own that suits your personality and needs! {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

This is true whether you like doing the wash or it is the very bane of your existence.

Whether you like it or not it has to get done, and many of the items in your home need to be washed on a regular basis, such as clothes, dish towels and drying cloths, bath towels, sheets and blankets, and more.

There is nothing worse than you or a family member realizing, when its too late, that something you need to wear is not clean. It puts a cramp in your day at the least, and can be disasterous at worst if you've got to wear a uniform, for example, and you don't have it ready.

However, if you do laundry on a regular basis than you'll find you can keep up with it, without too big of a pile building up, and it just becomes a task on your list, and not something to stress about or cause you trouble.

To make a laundry schedule or laundry routine that works for you and your family consider the following questions to help you make your plan.

Before you ask the questions though, please understand that I believe you need to wash all dirty clothes and other items in your home at the maximum about a week after they get dirty. If you wait longer than that they'll get smelly, or the stains will sit so long they'll set.

So, whether you want to do your laundry all at once, weekly, or some everyday, you'll need to work from some type of weekly schedule.

Question 1: How Many Loads Of Laundry Are You Responsible For In A Week?

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Clearly, the more people you need to wash for the more loads you'll have to do over the course of the week.

For example, I've got a family of 5, and I currently wash everyone's clothes plus other items in the home, including lots of sports stuff. That means I've got lots of loads of wash to do.

Realistically, in a week I've got to plan to wash approximately 6-8 loads of laundry, at least. I could, at maximum, do about 3-4 loads in a day, so I've got to plan on doing laundry at least twice a week, at the least, or could spread it out over the whole week if I wanted.

You'll need to answer for yourself how many loads of laundry you'll be washing, approximately, to make sure you can fit them all into your laundry routine.

Question 2: How Often Do You Have The Opportunity To Wash Laundry?

4 questions to ask yourself to create the perfect laundry routine for you and your family. Don't follow someone else's plan, make your own that suits your personality and needs! {on Home Storage Solutions 101} #LaundryOrganization #LaundrySchedule #LaundryTipsuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Next, you'll need to think about on what days and times you could do a load of wash, if you wanted.

For example, I work from home, so I often have the opportunity to throw a load in either in the morning, noon, or even the evening.

However, that was not always the case. When I used to work outside the home I could only do laundry at night or the weekends.

Further, when I didn't have a washing machine and dryer I had to wash the laundry at the laundromat, which meant I could only wash about once a week.

When making your schedule be realistic when you have the opportunity to wash everything, and only schedule your laundry during those times.

Question 3: What Types Of Things Need To Be Washed, And How Often?

For question 3 you've got to decide what types of stuff you need to wash, and how often.

Free printable that helps you answer the question, how often should I wash . . . everything, including clothing and household items {on Stain Removal 101}

For example, consider how many loads of clothes you have to wash, making sure to separate it by both the types of loads and items within each load.

This could include, for example, thinking of how you sort items for washing, such as whites, brights, darks, items that need to be washed separately, delicate items, etc.

Further, think of how many loads of bedding you need to wash each week, as well as towels. Also, consider how often you think these items should be washed, such as once a week, twice, etc.

There is no right or wrong answer for this stuff, but you need to make sure you meet your personal preferences of how frequently to wash certain items. If you're unsure about how often common clothing and household items need to be washed in your home, you should check out (and print) my printable chart for how often to wash everything. It will provide you with helpful rules of thumb that can help you design your laundry routine.

You may then want to designate certain days for certain items, such as always washing towels on Saturday, or bedding on Monday, for example.

Question 4: Do You Like Or Hate Doing Laundry?

The final question is to really consider yourself and your personal preferences.

After all, if you don't like the laundry schedule you create for yourself you won't stick to it. Therefore, you must make it fit your personality as much as possible.

If you really hate doing laundry you may want to do it in big spurts, for example, so you can get it out of the way. You may be the type of person, for example, who would really dread doing a load or two everyday.

Or, maybe you hate feeling chained to the washing machine all weekend long, and would prefer to have more time for other activities during that time. Therefore, you would prefer to spread it out, doing a bit daily to get it all done and not do any at all on Saturday and Sunday.

Again, there are no right or wrong answers. Instead, you just need to be honest with yourself about what you prefer.

Also, remember that if you don't like your laundry routine, or things change within your family circumstances, you don't have to feel like a failure and scrap it. Instead, try again by tweaking or reworking it, to find a way to get your laundry done that makes you happier, and works for your life.

Create a laundry schedule for your household in this #Declutter365 mission. Includes a free printable and four questions to ask yourself to make sure your routine is right for you {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Free Printable Laundry Schedule For You To Fill Out

Once you've thought of the answers to these four questions you're ready to create your own laundry schedule.

I have created a printable you can fill out and place either in your household notebook and/or pin to a bulletin board of your laundry room to remind you of your schedule daily.

Free printable weekly laundry schedule blank form that you can fill out with your personalized routine to keep up with your household's laundry {courtesy of Home Storage Solutions 101} #LaundrySchedule #LaundryRoutine #LaundryTips
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I've also gathered many other people's laundry routines on the sister site, Household Management 101, which can help you get ideas for how you want to create your own schedule if you feel stuck. Here they are:

Further, if you've got a schedule or routine you want to share you can tell me about it here.

Example Personalized Laundry Schedule

Here's an example of a personalized laundry schedule sent in by a reader, Andrea.

Example of a personalized laundry schedule made by Andrea, after asking herself the four questions suggested in the #Declutter365 mission {find out how to make a laundry schedule that works for you on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

What If You're Currently Overwhelmed With Too Much Laundry?

Finally, you'll find that starting a schedule for your laundry is really difficult if you're really far behind on it to begin with, and need to catch up.

That's because a laundry routine is designed to keep you on track, and once it's in place it will keep you from falling behind in the future. However, you've got to get to that starting line somehow, to begin the schedule.

So, instead of thinking this is impossible to do, before you even get started, know that if you're currently overwhelmed with too much laundry, you've got to do one more thing to start your schedule -- catch up so you can start well. To help you I've written this article with 7 steps to catch up on laundry, when it's out of control.

7 steps to catch up on laundry when it's out of control

Is A Laundry Routine Really That Important?

I hope by now you're convinced that establishing and keeping up with a routine or schedule will help you and your family live and function more comfortably, and easily.

However, if you're not yet convinced, or want to understand how vitally important I think this routine is, check out this list of essential household chores you should do, even in survival mode. I've included the laundry routine in this short list, because it really shouldn't be skipped, even in really busy and chaotic times.

Essential household chores list when in survival mode

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Additional Resources On This Site For You

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