Out of all the housework that there is to do, I actually hate laundry the least. I'm a bit of a freak who likes looking at clean, well sorted laundry hanging on the line, and having things folded in neat piles satisfies me more than I think it should. I also like that usually you can do laundry in one big go, and then you're ok for a while. Letting the dishes pile up for a few days = unsanitary and bad. Leaving the laundry for a week and then doing it all in one go = perfectly acceptable.
The part where my plan falls down, though, is the folding and putting away part. Since Chubs arrived I get less time to do anything, so I do the most urgent parts - washing, hanging out and bringing in, and leave the folding and putting away until later. Later rarely comes though, or when it does three or four more loads of laundry have come with it.
I also hate sifting through an unfolded basket of laundry looking for something you need or worse - sifting though a basket of clean, folded laundry looking for something you need. Since I only really get to fold when Chubs is in bed, then I can't put either Dear Husband and my clothes away (since she's asleep on our bed) or put her clothes and the linen away if she's in her cot (our linen cupboard is in her room).
My new plan is to do all the folding and any ironing (I only iron what has to be ironed - usually only my work clothes) on Sunday nights. There are some TV shows on Sunday night that I like to watch, but feel guilty when I do because I should be doing something else. So the new plan is to let myself enjoy the TV shows and to get the folding done at the same time. Hopefully, this means that I won't feel guilty during the week about not getting the folding done nor about watching TV, and the clothes will all get folded and put away.
The flaw in this plan, which is hopefully overcome-able, is that Chubs will be asleep while all this folding and putting away should be happening, like I said above. Hopefully I can get one room's folding away and I'll do the other room's first thing on Monday.
This is the plan, and I'm really hoping that it will work (which can be seen by the number of times I've said 'hopefully' in this post). The huge pile of folding as pictured above is hopefully the last time that it will be like that.
How do you tame the laundry monster?