How well are your organizing systems working for you?
In the introduction to this series I shared the following:
What is a system?
What 6 organizing systems do I think everyone needs?
What 5 questions can you ask yourself to see if your systems are still working for you, or if they need tweaking?
Now let’s take a closer look at each system…
System #1: Doing Laundry
WHO is responsible for laundry — You? Another family member? Everyone for themselves?
WHAT are the steps – collecting dirty clothes, sorting, washing, drying, folding, and putting them away? Do you have enough of the type of laundry hampers or baskets your family likes and actually uses? Is there a handy supply of laundry products?
WHEN and HOW OFTEN? This depends largely on how much laundry you generate. You can do it a bit at a time – a load of laundry into the washer one day, move it to the dryer the next, put away the next day — or several loads on “laundry day”. But if you don’t keep it moving at a pace that suits your family it will pile up and become overwhelming.
WHERE should the laundry hamper(s) be located – Bathroom(s)? Bedroom(s)? Is there a clear surface for folding clothes? Sufficient storage for laundry supplies? WHERE will you put the clean clothes? Do closets and drawers need to be purged and reorganized to make things easier to put away and find again later?
WHY do you need a system for processing laundry? So everyone has clean clothes to wear. So the floor is not littered with dirty clothes, and every other surface is not covered with clean clothes. So you can relax, knowing exactly how and when you’ll get the laundry done!
What are your challenges and tips for getting the laundry done?
Please share in the comments below!
If you need help tweaking your systems, or implementing new ones, ask a friend or call a professional organizer.
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