Ever walked into the laundry room to find a pile of laundry taller than Mt. Everest? I certainly have! It’s hard to stay on top of laundry while homeschooling, which is why I’m sharing these tips.
5 Tips to Staying on Top of the Laundry
In general there’s two approaches to laundry. One approach has you doing a load of laundry every day of the week while the other assigns one or two days to laundry.
One Load Every Day
The single load every day of the week definitely keeps you on top of laundry. You don’t need as many clothes because the clothing you have is quickly cleaned and returned to you. Stains don’t have as long of an opportunity to sink into the fibers.
However you’re constantly doing laundry. There’s never a break. It also, in my opinion, makes it harder to iron and mend clothing since you don’t have a specific day to deal with laundry.
The secret to this approach is to make it part of your daily routine. Start laundry just before you begin to prepare breakfast. Move laundry just before you begin the homeschool. Fold and put away laundry as part of your afternoon routine.
Consistency is the key!
The second approach has you picking a day to do laundry. You simply stay home and do laundry all day. If all goes well, by the end of the day the laundry is washed, folded, and put away. You’ve also had a chance to deal with the ironing and mending.
This system can work very well for a smaller family. Instead of worrying about laundry every single day, just push laundry through during your homeschool breaks. Fold and put away the laundry in the afternoon after the schoolwork is done.
Personally I homeschool a large family. It’s hard to spend an entire day running laundry through the washing machine and stay on top of our normal homeschool routine. 5 kids at home also creates quite a pile of laundry. It takes forever to wash all the clothing, towels, and sheets a large family produces.
To be perfectly honest, there’s no right solution. Pick one which works best for your family. If it doesn’t work, switch!
Size of Laundry Machine
I thought we had a supersized washing machine, but in August it gave up the ghost. My husband and I carefully went out and picked out a new large washing machine. It’s not the largest machine on the market, but it fit our family’s budget and needs the best.
Unfortunately the dealer couldn’t deliver it for another 5 days. I sighed because I knew we were going to have a huge pile of laundry. It would take me 2 days to get caught up. Seriously 2 days to run the 10 or so loads through. Nothing I could do though.
The washing machine arrived. I started tossing clothing into it. I tossed a load in. The machine was only half-full. I tossed more clothing into the machine. My husband came by and looked in. It didn’t look full yet. Instead of the 9-10 loads I was expecting, it only took 4 loads to catch up on the laundry.
The size of the washing machine can make or break you. A large washing machine can handle more clothing and make it easier to stay caught up on the laundry. That’s not to say I think you should run out and buy a new machine, no. Instead if you’re in the market for a new machine, look for a nice big one.
Determine When You’ll Do Mending & Ironing
You’ll need a time to do mending and ironing. I don’t know about you, but periodically a shirt falls into the mending hamper because it needs a button, which only takes 5 minutes to sew back on.
Make an appointment with yourself to do the mending and ironing. Otherwise you’ll forget in the chaos of daily life.
Kids Can Fold Laundry
I find it difficult to teach my youngest children to actually run the machine. The machine is in the basement on a pedistle. It’s over their heads! However there’s no reason preschoolers and elementary kids can’t help with folding and putting away.
Little ones can fold socks, dish towels, and washcloths. Elementary kids can fold shirts, towels, and pants. Both age groups can take a pile of laundry to run to a bedroom and be taught to put their own clothing away properly.
Remember to double check your kids and ensure the laundry has been put away and put away properly. Kids are notorious for dropping clean laundry on the floor and then tossing it into the hamper when you tell them to clean up their room.
Nothing is worse than constantly washing clean clothing because it was never put away properly.
These tips will help you stay on top of your laundry while homeschooling and prevent Mt. Everest from growing in your laundry room!
Read more in the 31 Days to a Well-Run Homeschool series!