Ask UfYH: Airing Your Dirty Laundry

Q: Do you have any tips or advice for dealing with a major laundry crisis? Basically the situation is such that I have avoided my laundry for way too long. Now all of the dirty laundry is in the walk-in closet such that you can’t walk-in. I can start doing loads, but then I can’t put it away because there’s still too much pile-up to get into the closet.

The image is overwhelming; I keep avoiding it and the problem grows. I don’t know what to do.

A: You need a reset.

Generally, I avoid recommending laundromats to people who have in-home laundry facilities (unless it’s for things like comforters and whatnot), but you’ve reached critical mass with your laundry situation. My best suggestion is to take a few hours, haul all of your dirty laundry to the closest, cleanest laundromat, and get it all done at once. Fold things as they come out of the dryers, make sure to bring your hangers with you, and then when you get home, all you have to do is put it away. Once you’ve gotten to a full laundry reset, a few loads a week will probably prevent you from getting into this situation again.

If the laundromat isn’t a feasible option (no transportation, etc.), and you need to handle it at home, your best bet is to pull everything dirty out of the walk-in closet, and make piles of logical loads of laundry. When doing a huge amount of laundry at once, I usually recommend washing like with like; so, all T-shirts in one load, one with just socks and underwear, one of jeans, etc. This makes the “putting it away” step much easier. Yes, the piles of laundry will be in your way until they’re done, but they’re a lot harder to ignore when you’re tripping over them rather than having it all stashed in a closet that you can pretend isn’t full of dirty laundry. Either way, you need to devote some time to getting your laundry situation reset back to “everything’s clean,” and then not neglect your maintenance or else you’ll just end up right back where you started out.

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