Here's another great thread, too: http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1268301/domestic-goddesses-i-need-help-with-laundry
Laundry - how do you handle it? - Page 2
In order to stay on top of clothing I need to be running the washer almost daily. My laundry is in the kids bathroom so when they brush their teeth and so forth I put in a load of dirty to wash, fold the dry and put away. The next morning I run through and put the wet into the dryer. If I do not do this it gets backed up and turns into a large pile of clothing that I do not want to deal with.
My problem is my lack of anywhere to put my clothing. But that's a whole other post about what to do without a closet in an old house.
my husband is a carpenter(read:very dirty clothing), and i have 5 kids plus i'm raising my niece and nephew. 9 people is a lot of laundry...i do one load every morning, and before bed i do one little load of hubby's work clothes(wash then throw in the dryer before bed). in the morning i take out his clean clothes, do one load of the day's laundry, and fold/put away right away. we have a very VERY small house and our washer/dryer is in our extremely tiny kitchen. there is absolutely NO room for clothing to build up. once a month i do all of the sheets/blankets. sorry if anyone thinks that's too long to go without washing them, but i'm realistic. we all--kids included--bathe/shower before bed. so unless there is an accident or unexpected illness that would require washing right away(thanks to God that this is very rare), the blankets and sheets really aren't getting too dirty. i will add, that my kids love to help with laundry :)
Laundry is really like including fibre in your diet, if you don't do it, you end up with piles!
I also do a load or two every day, definitely at least every other day, but if for some reason I am having a very busy week and don't get anything washed for a couple of days, things get out of hand very quickly...
With five of us in the family there are always a heap of clothes, towels and sheets to wash....basically it never ends....SIGH!!
I am odd man out. I really don't mind the laundry. I mean, I shove clothes and take them out clean. Not like I am scrubbing them by hand.
We have less clothes than most households and that helps a lot. I have a basket in the hallway and everyone is expected to put their dirties in the basket. I was a load or two a day...I hang some things and dry the rest. I fold while taking things out of the dryer and dh helps me put them away.
Now mowing the lawn, washing the floors, and cleaning the bathrooms? Those are the big chores that wear me out.
I have finally found a system that works for us. I will say that DH and I drastically down-sized our wardrobes and we keep this in mind when buying new clothes for the children, too (i.e. we don't over-buy). We have a two-bedroom house with only two closets (one in each br) and 3 DC (#4 on the way).
I keep one square laundry basket on the floor in a nook in the hall (can be moved to my bedroom if people are coming over). Dirty clothes go here along with dirty kitchen rags (I go through 4-5/day as we don't use paper towels). Every morning, I take the basket to the basement - there's usually 1.5 loads there. I dump this basket into another basket on the laundry room floor and start a load. I take the load(s) from the previous day upstairs in my little square laundry basket and quickly sort/put away. We have a 4-tier shelf in the closet of the kids' room - each kid has his/her own laundry basket. I don't fold kids' clothes but I do put socks and undies in a little basket that sits next to each laundry basket on each shelf.
It takes about 5 min to put away one basket of laundry. I do fold mine and DH's stuff and hang up stuff as needed.
The ticket is staying on top of things. It's amazing how little you need when you know that your clothes will only spend one day in the laundry (and will then be back in your drawer/closet).
We are 2 teens and 2 adults. We have a hamper in one of the bathrooms and a bucket in a cabinet in the kitchen. Everyone puts their clothes in either location when they are dirty.
We have a 6 kg washer and usually do 1 or two small loads a day. We will run a load in the evening and hang it up in the morning. Someone (usually me or DH) brings it down in the evening (usually after supper) and then everyone folds their own clothes. That means I end up folding the napkins and towels ;)
The kids' school uniforms do not require ironing; DH and I are both office workers, so many of our work clothes can be worn again after airing before needing to be washed. If it's too rainy or foggy for drying sheets and quilt covers, we can send those out to be washed.