How to Fold Laundry Successfully

Folding Laundry Sucks

Doing laundry sucks! I’m not going to lie. I do not like doing it. Not one little bit! But until someone invents a laundry folding machine that is affordable, I’m stuck folding laundry. As I’m busy doing laundry and just not enjoying it, it reminded me to share some tips I have learned along the way to making laundry less of a pain, if that is even a thing.

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Pick A Day

Pick a day, any day! Now that is going to your laundry day. Every week, keep the same day. Let’s face it, doing laundry is a full-day event, even if you are just doing one load, so just pick a day. Any day. And stick to it. I do laundry on Sundays, as Saturday is my relaxing day. But you can choose any day of the week.
You need to make sure you stick to this day.  And you need to make sure you have enough clothes for you and the family to make it through the week to get back to laundry day again. If not, I recommend you go buy some more clothes to last 7 days.

Make A Routine

Doing laundry (successfully) needs you to commit to it. This is all about you.  

My washer and dryer can be set to beep when the cycle is done. This is key to stay on task. If you do not have a beep/chime on your machines, set a timer to beep when the cycle is done. Use your phone, or microwave or whatever you have at your disposal. This will help you stay on track and not forget. 

When the cycle is done, go flip the laundry. Keep doing this until all the laundry is done. Do not miss a cycle. Do not leave anything in the washer/dryer for later. The timer goes off, you go to the washer/dryer and flip the laundry.

You have to stay on task to get this done. When you hear the beep/chime/timer, don’t say, “oh, just a minute”, do not put it off for 5 minutes because you will forget and you will be stuck with an unfinished laundry day.

Repeat this until all of the laundry is done.

folding laundry

Fold The Laundry

I know this is obvious, but you need to fold the laundry on your laundry day. Do not leave it in the dryer, or in the basket, or dumped on a chair or the bed. FOLD IT! FOLD ALL OF IT! I know this is the worst part of doing laundry, but it is part of doing laundry. If you don’t fold the laundry, you haven’t actually finished the laundry.

I like to fold all of my laundry at once at the end.  But you can fold it right after the load is done.  This will keep folding to small increments, and won’t be as overwhelming.  

Put Everything Away

Ok, this is easier than the above step, but also needs mentioning. Once everything is folded, put it away in the drawers, closets, wherever it belongs. Don’t leave it all folded in the basket or on the bed or the couch. Once folding is done, put it away, right away.

And that’s it! Laundry is done!

 

Tricks To Help Fold The Laundry

I know it all sounds easy!  It is hard to motivate yourself and stay on task. Especially when it comes to doing and finishing the laundry.  So here are some tips I have implemented in my laundry schedule that you might also find useful.

  1. Teach your kids to fold their laundry. Start when they are young. It’s a bit of work at the start, but this will save years of folding laundry. And once they are good at folding their laundry, they can start to fold yours.
  2. Find something to do while folding laundry. Turn on Netflix and watch a show. Have something else going on in the background to keep you distracted from the monotony of this main activity.

3.   If at all possible, get all of the same types of socks. This will let you do one of 2 things. 

a) You can just dump all your unfolded socks into the sock drawer never needing to match them up as they’re all the same. Whenever you need socks, you simply pick out 2 loose ones from the drawer. 

b) Matching them up while folding takes no effort as they are all the same.

folding socks

4.  Buy clothes that are dryer friendly. If you have clothes that need to be hang dried, they will not make it into your folding cycle. If you have to hang dry clothes, let them dry until next week’s laundry and fold them when you fold the new laundry or pick a day to finish this 1-2 days afterward.

5.  Depending on where you live, doing laundry on the weekend might be more financially beneficial.  If you have time-of-use billing on your electricity weekends and evenings are typically cheaper.

6.  When folding laundry, I find making piles for each type of clothing helpful. For example, I will make a t-shirt pile, a pants pile, etc. So when I’m putting everything away, it’s quick. I just pick up the shirt pile and it away one time.

7.  When you are folding clothes, or if your kids are doing it, it’s a good time to pull out any clothes that need mending, like kid’s pants, and get them ready to fix.  Check out how to quickly fix holes in pants (and any other clothes) here.

Final thoughts

Like all things, it takes a while to form a habit with this. And I think doing laundry is the least favorite thing for anyone to do.  But trust me, it’s worth it! Give it a try and see how it goes!  After a few weeks, this will become easier, and less of a pain.  And best of all, you will have clean folded clothes put away every week to help you get through the week with ease.

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Sara

    These are helpful tips, thank you! Another that’s helped me is having a laundry basket for each person in my house, and there’s an extra basket. So when I pull a load of laundry from the dryer, they go into the extra basket, then I fold those clothes into everyone’s basket. I finish folding in time to swap laundry and grab the next dryer load. Then those clothes get folded and added to everyone’s baskets. When I’m done clothes, the extra basket is then used for folded towels. And everyone has to put their clothes away that night.

    1. Katherine

      I love having a laundry basket in everyone’s room. But the spare basket is genius! I will have to get another one!

  2. Miranda Balogh

    Great tips! I always do laundry on the weekend in order to save extra money. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Katherine

      Having 3 kids, I’m always about saving money, so weekend laundry is great for me. And we have lots of it!

  3. Brittney B

    I find by using a timer i’m more likely to change the wash immediately as well as fold them/put away right after their done!! Great Tips

    1. Katherine

      I need the timer! If I miss it, that laundry will not moved. It’s a lifesaver! And my washer has a nice chime that does the trick!

  4. Carrie

    I hate folding laundry! I don’t mind all the other steps, but the folding is where I want to quit. I have 2 baskets to fold from 2 days ago. Would someone please hurry up and invent a machine to do it for me!

    1. Katherine

      I hate folding as well. I’ve been teaching my kids for a while, so they do their own, and soon I will teach them how to fold mine, and no more laundry folding for me! At least for a while!

  5. Jeannie

    I like picking a day to do my laundry and usually sticks to it. Saves me with scheduling, and yes folding isnt always fun but folding when nicely done is helpful and saves me from ironing. lol

    1. Katherine

      Oh! I hate ironing! I would sooner wear wrinkled clothes than iron! I completely forgot about that! Thanks!

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