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Simple Systems: Folding Laundry

Just as a dishwashing routine helps smooth communication between everyone in the household, so does a laundry folding routine.

Setting up simple systems will make life run more smoothly. It might even help things get done and put in their homes. That’s the goal anyway.

Simple Home System: Laundry folding process

Setting up simple systems will make life run more smoothly. It might even help things get done and put in their homes. That’s the goal anyway.

Having a laundry folding system eliminates decision fatigue and makes it easier to get the job done.

I don’t like folding laundry. I can get the clothes washed, but when it comes time to folding and putting them away, I am too easily stymied.

One thing I’ve done that has helped tremendously is to simply decide on how I’ll do it.

  • I will fold the laundry on my bed (so it can’t stay there long – it will have to be put away).
  • I will put the folded clothes in columns on my bed – one column for each child, in age-order.
  • Each pile will be for items that go in the same drawer.
  • With the kids’ clothes, I fold for condensing the space used, not for preventing wrinkles.

So, in one “column” of clothes on my bed, I would have big boy pajamas, shirts for my oldest, pants for my oldest, and underthings for my oldest. Those types of stacks remain true on down the line, ending with the baby’s pajamas, play clothes, and church clothes with accessories.

The bonus that this habitual placement of clothes piles has is that I can ask the kids to go put away their clothes, and they immediately know which piles are theirs and that each pile is one drawer. It takes the thinking out of it not only for me, but also for them, and so requires much less supervising from me – a true bonus!

The important thing isn’t exactly how I do it, but that you set up your own way of doing things (that’s a system!) so that the process is streamlined, easy to start and easy to complete.

How do you streamline laundry folding?

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Index: “Simple Home Systems
First: “What Is a System?” & “What Is Simple?
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