1.) Get rid of the clothes! My kids got to pick out ten outfits. Ten tops and ten bottoms and the rest went away to bless someone else. They still got to keep a couple dresses for church, some paint clothes, and a small number of activity clothing. This also lessons the amount of underwear and socks needed because I am doing laundry more often. So I sorted through those items as well. And now because the kids only have ten oufits the laundry needs to be done once a week which also keeps the chaos away because there is a lot less to wash fold and put away at one time. It also cuts down on having to wash clean clothes that were just thrown on the floor because they will pick them back up and wear them because they do not have tons of options for the week. Still not convinced...a person only has about 10 favorite outfits at one time anyway the rest are the clothes that are sitting there waiting for you to think, "Well, I haven't worn that in a while so I guess I'll wear it," or you really don't want to wear it but you don't have anything else to wear. Kids do not need that many clothes they want to wear their favorites over and over again too. The final point I am going to make about this is from the FlyLady...you cannot organize clutter you can only get rid of it. So stop trying to organize the clutter and extra's in your life just get rid of them. I am telling you it's been the best step for taming the laundry chaos, my kids have plenty of clothes to wear!
2.) A load a day keeps the Chaos away! Doing the Laundry is four steps: wash, dry, fold, and put away. Not one and then another one and then oh yah it’s time to do the laundry again and they didn’t even make the drawer. Try putting a load of laundry in in the morning switching it at lunch or after work and then folding it before bed! Keeping up on this in small steps is the way to go. Waiting for the last minute on laundry just causes chaos. Doing a load a day makes sure that there are not huge piles of clothes everywhere.
3.) Pay your kids a buck if they get their laundry washed, dried, folded, and put away by Sunday night! Something else I've done is have it washed and ready for them to fold while they watch their TV show and then they have to put them away before bed. Now remember you have less clothes so it really doesn't take longer then one TV show and it's not like you have to extend their bedtime very long either because it's only a couple stacks of clothes to bring to their drawers.
4.) Get yourself the right equipment. Laundry hampers, the ones that have three spots to sort and wheels are great too. Organize your laundry room or laundry space. Make it a place you love not dread, add some decorations or some fresh flowers, and maybe even it’s own radio or blue tooth speakers for audiobooks or music.
If it’s bugging you there is always something you can do about it. How do you manage your laundry chaos?