Tuesday, October 6, 2009
If you struggle with this question, as do I, and look around at your mounting laundry baskets filled with nicely folded clothes and wonder, "When will I ever find time to get this put away?" I think I may have found a solution:
fully finish one load at a time
What this means is only wash, dry, fold and put away one load at a time. This means fewer loads will get run through one after another, but if you diligently follow through with this system, you will keep up. You know more loads are waiting, so you are more apt to hurry and put the load away. (And one small basket is much easier to deal with than say four full baskets, isn't it!)
The dispersing from baskets to drawers is usually where I get stuck. I wash a load, throw it in the dryer, throw another load in the washer while the first load is in the dryer, and keep going with that assembly line. By the end of the day, I end up with so many loads washed and dried that putting the clothes away is daunting...and usually doesn't happen (until several days later).
Certainly if you have older laundry helpers this system may not be efficient (you can be starting another load while your laundry assistant, aka child, is putting that basket away). However, for those of us with little ones, this may be a way we can "receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" as Hebrews 4:16 promises.
What works for you with laundry?