Laundry is something we can’t avoid. When you have a family, those piles of dirty clothes seem never ending but moms, we have to learn how to let go of laundry control.
We fit loads of laundry in when we can, tackle mountains of stains on the weekends, and spend more time near the washer and dryer than we would like. Yet, when husbands or teenagers try to help, control can set in.
How to Let Go of Laundry Control
I’ve always sorted and folded laundry a certain way. Towels fit better in the linen closet, shirts stack better in drawers, and jeans don’t get wrinkled.
I thought I was a tidy organizer. I didn’t realize I was a laundry control freak. When my husband and teen daughter said they’d help more, if I didn’t get upset with how they do laundry, I knew I had to let go of laundry control.
But how? Here are some tips I’ve been using to help hand over some of the laundry duties in my house.
#1 Your Clothes, Their Clothes
I start to let go of laundry control slowly by putting people in charge of their own clothes. My daughter is almost 14 and can fold laundry, as well as put away her own clothing.
I found out my husband can do the same thing! My need for certain types of folding doesn’t have to be theirs. How they fold their own clothes is now their thing, and I can still fold mine how I like.
#2 Bedroom Laundry Baskets
Each bedroom has its own basket in our house. We have one in the master bedroom, one on the twins room, and each of the older kids has one.
This helps keep their dirty clothes from taking over their room during the school week. Then on laundry day, each basket is filled with clean laundry and they can put it away.
Well, except the twins of course, they simply pride themselves on knowing whose laundry is whose at this point. The great thing is that I’m not spending time gathering up dirty clothes and running around dropping stacks in rooms. Now the older kids have control of their baskets.
#3 Laundry Cheat Sheet
One of my biggest fears at letting go of laundry control, was my clothes getting ruined. I try not to buy clothes with special washing instructions, but there are a few pieces I couldn’t resist.
I put a Laundry Cheat Sheet up that lists any of my items that have special washing instructions. This helps hubby avoid ruining any items, and he doesn’t have to stress about helping me with laundry.