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Because I am clearly an expert at so many things, here is a video about how to do your laundry. You’re welcome.
Sonja, I was avoiding laundry today. Now I remember why! I did love the tip about furniture you don’t intend to use. Must be why my husband piles it on the kitchen table. Ha!
Don’t forget, a little water and a low dry cycle will “iron” just about anything. This is helpful during the 3 to 10 day folding period.
Followed by a 7 day resting period in a laundry basket on a floor near a dresser…
This is way fancier than my method. I wash everything as if I had been rolling in poop and blood (highest longest cycle possible). And dry everything. If it can’t take a dryer at high heat, fuck it!
You forgot the bit about stuff that needs to be washed separately (new clothes, that wool sweater you got for christmas 10 years ago which hasn’t been washed since and so on.) that get to stay at the bottom of the laundrypile forever and ever until you are bored enough to actually wash them.
Did you learn that head method for the fitted sheets from Martha?
Thanks for reminding me I have so much laundry to do… Almost all the time! lol
Funny, you and I have the same drying rack. It can also be used to and coats.
You forgot the part about what to do when you forget to move your laundry from the washer to the dryer. Rewash the mildewed laundry. This happens to me all the time.
Pretty much sums up how I do my laundry, except there are stairs involved so its more like kick/throw down the stairs. Also on a side note, you have a very lovely speaking voice.
I saw a pin about how to fold fitted sheets once. I pinned it and never looked again. My fitted sheets look like yours. I’m 90% sure voodoo magic is used to package them.
My washing system is tougher then the Target’s “Kid Tested” (or is that just an Aussie thing?). If it doesn’t survive, I don’t want it in my house.
About the only thing I do hand wash is my Over Shoulder Bolder Holders, coz those things are hard to find in my size!
Get into the shower with your bra, molest yourself with some body wash, take it off and then hang on the towel rack to dry. Saves a step!
Fitted sheets. Ugggggghhhhhh.
Way cool post. Seriously though…DON’T HAVE KIDS. I’m hauling my sorry ass and sorrier collection of assorted stains pretending to be kids clothes into the laundry every day. I really envied the closing line of “do it all again next week”….aaaaah those were the days 😉
I feel like some deity has graced me with lifelong knowledge.
When my father was first out of college, he had a coworker who had “erased laundry from his life”. He decided that instead of owning a home, he’d rather never do laundry again. So he buys a new outfit every day and donates the old one. Not kidding, he’s that insane. He actually advocated this system to people.
lol I expect this to be kinda dumb but you got to the part where the clothes are left on a piece of furniture for 3-10 days. That’s me all day everyday
I don’t sort anything! I wash laundry by room…gets washed in cold water, dried on low. The only things that don’t go in the dryer are my hubby’s hoodies and child1’s sweaters. I also never iron, if it needs to be ironed the iron nazi (aka my Marine husband) does it! I hate laundry, I’d rather scrub the bathroom floor by hand than do laundry! Love the “do it again next week”, hahahaha 4 kids so I do 3 loads of laundry a day.
My mom sorts, washes, dries, AND folds all of the laundry at least 5 times a day. I guess that is what happens when you have 6 kids who are 16 and under- most of which are going through puberty and smell like teen spirit/funk. Me, I like to go the Sweet Brown method: Aint nobody got time for that! And everything goes in (even the occasional shoe) the washer, washed possibly 3 times because I’m lazy and forgot to put them in the dryer. Then they finally make it to the dryer and get dried. Folding? Yeah not going to happen.
How was it possible that our mothers’ and grandmothers’ generations actually ENJOYED doing laundry?
You are the Laundry Queen. I am in awe of your efficient methodry and feel shamed for my ineptitude. You have shaved off several steps from my method. One is that you do a load as it accumulates. I sort as I go, which means I have nine or ten baskets accumulating at all times. The baskets trail from the laundry room, down the hallway and around the corner to the dining room. How, you ask, can one micro-sort so many loads. Well, I hate flitting from place to place to put away clothes, so I wash all dark-colored pants together, so as to have to put only pants away at once, white t-shirts separately, dark men’s shirts separately, etc.. That is, when I actually put them away. Your second efficiency step is moving the clothes to the dryer in one step, while I, on the other hand, wash them repeated to remove the mildewy smell from languishing in the washer for several days in between washes. There IS an upside to the three-step wash–The dryer is free to hold the last load of clothes, thereby eliminating the need to remove, fold and put away the load. I can take the clothes from the dryer on an as-needed basis as I wear them. A word of caution–this multitude of extra washings does nothing to remove stains.
I always get to find really really rank tshirts that myself or my fiance have forgotten about in our gym bags. = Those get loads all to themselves in Hot.
Don’t forget about the clothes that are perpetually washed. I catch
myself washing the same shirt or pair of shorts that somehow end up in
the dirty clothes pile on the chair.
Yeah see, Laundry should be done just like the dishwasher. Don’t need a hamper, just put dirty shit in the washer, leave your clean ones in the dryer. then when you get ready to wear it, turn the dryer on for a few minutes and shake the wrinkles out and you’re good to go. then do the load in the washer when the dryer is empty.
You do your laundry better than I do so I would say this is a win. Also, I love your fancy voice over voice. Is it weird if I use the “Fitted sheets are the red-headed bastard children of laundry folding” line as my new ringtone?
Loved this! I’ll avoid doing laundry until my husband says, “Anna, I’ve been wearing the same pair of underwear for three days.” I’d like to tell him to do it himself, but since he works and I don’t, well… no brainer there.
I have BOTH of those sets of sheets too!! (The red snowflakes and the black florals). Except the bottom sheet on my red snowflakes ripped in 3 places from one of my overly excitable dogs rolling around on them when they thought I wasn’t looking and biting them thinking it was their toy. So now they’re dog bedding 🙁
I hate folding any sheets – flat, fitted, pillow cases – but since I hate when I have to search for a piece of a set of sheets I have an anal retentive way to do this. I pull a pillow case out of the clean laundry, stuff the other pillow case in the bottom, then stuff the flat sheet in, and lastly stuff the fitted sheet. Then I stuff the whole package into the drawer when I keep them. This way you don’t have to fold, everything is easy to find, and it’s in order so you can pull it out one piece at a time while making the bed 🙂
My tip for dealing with fitted sheets: only have one for each bed. When it comes out of the dryer, don’t bother trying to fold them, just put ’em back on the bed. Saves time and closet space.
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My friend’s husband can fold fitted sheets into perfectly flat rectangles. He taught me to do this once, but I can only accomplish it with his guidance. So every time I wash my sheets, my thought process is: “Ugh fitted sheets. I wish Chuck were here. If Chuck were here, then Marisa would be here! Double score.” Then I text/email/tweet Marisa to ask when the hell she’s visiting me again.
I avoid folding sheets with a two set system: one on the bed, one in the basket. One set is
dark and one is light, so they get tossed in when I need to do the right
type of load. I figure if I’ve gone through enough clothes then it’s high time to wash the sheets.
Looks like you need to test the umpteen ways to fold a fitted sheet. LOL
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Unacceptable…you forgot one of the most important keys of laundry. If you have wrinkly items, DO NOT IRON. Wet a rag & toss that shit in the dryer with said wrinkly items. BOOM. lol Love your blog!
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