Q: Do you have any advice on how to tackle way too much laundry? I’ve got no problem getting my room cleaned when it needs to be, but it seems like no matter how much laundry I do, it’s still going to be an overflowing mess.
I have two hampers full of dirty clothes (one of them hasn’t been touched in probably a year). Most of my clothes can’t be put in the dryer and after the first few loads, I get discouraged with how long it’s taking and stop and then once again I have too much laundry. Help?
A: So normally in this situation, I’d suggest getting all your shit together and going to the laundromat, doing it all at once, folding/hanging it all right out of the dryers, and putting it away ASAP. However, since you’ve mentioned that most of your stuff can’t be put in the dryer, that changes up the plan a little.
The first step I’m going to suggest seems a little counterintuitive from a time management standpoint, but hear me out. Do the stuff that can go in the dryer first. Wash it, dry it, and put it away, goddammit. This will get a chunk of the laundry done without taking up any hang-dry real estate, and will get it dealt with and out of your sight.
After that, aim for 1-2 loads a day: as many as you have space to hang dry at once. Start with that hamper that’s been untouched for a year. Maybe throw a cup of white vinegar in those loads in case they’re a little funky from sitting there so long. As soon as those loads are dry, put them away and start another 1-2 loads. Commit yourself to at least one load a day until you’re caught up. You can tell you’re caught up when you have to wait more than a day to make enough laundry for a full load.
Air drying laundry adds time to the process, absolutely, and you have to make sure you don’t get caught in the trap of hanging it up and then forgetting about it forever. If you keep committing to at least a load a day, you’ll be caught up much sooner than you think, though. Good luck!
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