Why I Like Doing Laundry


Piles of Laundry

Laundry. It never goes away. There’s always more laundry. And when you have a lot of kids, you have a lot of laundry. Like mountains of it. Like you could lose a small child amidst the heaps and piles.

But here’s a secret. I don’t mind doing laundry. Most weeks I actually look forward to it.

I only do laundry one day a week – on Mondays. Every Monday morning the kids and I bring all our laundry to the laundry room. Throughout the day, I put in load after load after load. By 9pm, when the kids are in bed, I have usually washed and dried all the clothes.

Then comes the fun part. Movie time! It takes me about 1.5-2 hours to fold everything and this is my time to catch up on TV shows or watch the latest chick flick. Since I don’t have much time to watch TV or movies, this is a treat for me. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and makes laundry feel less burdensome.

On Tuesday morning, the kids’ chore is to put their clean clothes away.

Voila! I’m done for the week and don’t think about laundry again until the next Monday.

Except for when my son pees in his pants or someone vomits – you know – things like that. When that happens, I wash and dry the clothes, but leave them in the drier or in a laundry basket until the following Monday.

What laundry tips do you have?



  1. That’s called temptation bundling! Freakonomics is all about it! I listen to podcasts while I run, therefore making my run less burdensome and more rewarding. I also listen to podcasts in traffic, while doing laundry, dishes… You get the drill. But I like the idea of watching a movie while doing laundry once a week. Does this ever become a problem when someone has soccer practice on Monday and a game on Saturday?

  2. Well, yes, I often have to wash athletic clothing midweek, but the kids know to find it in the dryer or a basket of clean clothes in the laundry room. And – cough, cough – I have been known to occasionally have kids wear a dirty uniform to baseball games. Oops. And I love the idea of listening to podcasts while running/cleaning!

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