I am a reformed laundry perfectionist.
I may be lax about other household chores -- like ironing (in this house, irons are for smoothing fabric for sewing projects and doing crafts with HeatBond). But up until about a month ago, I was the queen of folding perfect little piles of clothes.
I folded shirts the way they do in stores. I smoothed little baby onesies and folded them into perfect squares. I folded UNDERWEAR perfectly! For this compulsiveness, I blame my dear grandmother, who used to iron my dad's underwear. True story.
And then ... and THEN! ... I would cram the piles into our drawers, and they would get all rifled and messed up in about three seconds. I would open Baby Boy's drawer of solid-coloured shirts (yes, I had a drawer of solids and a drawer of "patterns"), and dig through everything until I found a certain solid-red onesie.
I was making a total mess of the piles I had so carefully folded.
It was very counterproductive.
Then I found a GREAT site called Small Notebook. They have a whole section on homekeeping tips, and I clearly remember the way I read this life-changing article on laundry. My mom was over visiting, and I was chattering excitedly about the awesome laundry tips.
I think she thought I was nuts.
But in my defense, she sends her laundry out.
I do three loads a day sometimes.
Ways to make laundry easier were WELCOMED!
So I borrowed some tips from Small Notebook and came up with a system that works in my house. Here goes!
|See? This is our laundry straight from the dryer, dumped onto the living room floor. Two loads, I think.|
|Then roll up your piles (i.e. pile of tees, pile of pants, pile of onesies) into tight little bundles, and start arranging the bundles in your basket.|
|Sometimes when you look at the basket at this point, it looks kind of messy. But it's a SYSTEM, and it works!|
One of the best perks of "folding" laundry like this? When your baby crawls all over the piles, he's not accidentally unfolding everything and undoing all of your hard work. And not having to re-do a chore? Priceless!