I don’t mind cleaning, decluttering, organizing, and even washing dishes. But laundry, is a task I don’t think I’ll ever enjoy. It’s simply a chore I have to do, and I just try to keep up. No more, no less. Although I have a laundry routine, and I try to follow it closely, there have been times when I’ve fallen behind. Really behind. You know, the type that makes you wonder if you’ll ever make it out of the laundry abyss? Yeah. I’ve been there more times than I care to admit, and today I want to share a few tips to help you get caught up if you find yourself in the same situation.
How To Catch Up On Laundry When You Fall Behind
Give up the routine
Once you fall behind, you can’t continue to follow your normal routine and expect to get caught up. If you’re a little behind, you can probably get away with adding an extra load to your laundry routine. However, if you’re several days behind, you’ll need to schedule time to focus on tackling your laundry piles. As much as I hate it, I go on a washing spree until everything is washed, dried and folded. Yes, it’s time consuming, but this method enables me to start fresh the following day.
Hire it out
I’ve never done this, but I honestly have thought about it more than once. If you’re able to afford it, hire someone to get you caught up. This can be your local dry cleaners, a local cleaning agency or a mother’s helper. If you prefer to keep the money in the family, consider hiring one of your teens. I often think about the hours I spend on handling laundry, that I wonder if outsourcing this task would make more financial sense. I could easily free up several hours in my week, and be more productive in my business. I recently learned that Care.com has an option to find someone locally that can help with this. So yeah, I’m definitely considering it, and weighing my options right now.
Get all hands on deck
I’m a firm believer that everyone in the home should chip in, and that chores should be tackled through a collective effort. When I fall behind on laundry, I do all the washing, but when it comes to folding, everyone has to help. We’ll pop in a movie, grab some snacks, and tackle Mt. Laundry together. Before the movie is even halfway through, we’re done with all the folding. Everyone takes their pile to their room, and mom is a happy camper. 🙂
Go to the laundromat
If all else fails, go to a laundromat. What else is better than access to several washers and dryers? I know this one can be tough if you have small children, but as long as you can keep them busy, going to the laundromat will enable you to tackle several loads at once. If you have one that offers free Wi-Fi, bring a tablet to help keep the little ones entertained. My toddler doesn’t watch TV, but she loves watching videos on the YouTube Kids app. Kids at school? Bring a book along, and enjoy some quiet time while your clothes wash and dry. Yes this method costs money and time, but as a temporary solution, it’s worth it.
Do you ever fall behind on laundry tasks? How do you catch up? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!