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Some people love folding laundry. They enjoy making neat piles and order and putting a basket of folded laundry away. It soothes them.
Other people, like myself, find it to be a chore.
I can’t find where I first heard about this idea but I know it was from a mother of a large family. One of her tips for simplifying was to not fold laundry. With many loads of laundry washed every day, not folding t-shirts, jeans and underwear saved her hours a week. The only person in the house that had their laundry folded was her husband. The children were given freshly washed laundry that was never folded – just placed in drawers.
This might be a bit radical for you, especially the neat nicks and organizers out there, but I think it’s brilliant. I’ve decided to start just putting Henry’s laundry away instead of folding it and save myself the bother and time of folding.
Most of our adult laundry will still be folded or hung up. I’m not sure I’m ready to go this route for all of our washables. I do like a stack of freshly washed towels and sheets. Also, most of my clothing is stored in a wardrobe that has large deep shelves. Easy to lose something if it is in a pile.
There are a few things you’ll have to look into if you want to do this for your family.
Wrinkle free wardrobe required. If you wear a lot of cotton button up shirts or linen this probably won’t work for you. Soft cotton blends and synthetic fabrics will do best as no fold laundry.
Watch that dryer like a hawk. If you use an electric dryer you’ll need to pull clothes out and give them a few shakes before throwing them in the laundry basket. Best not to leave anything in there overnight.
More storage or fewer clothes. Unfolded laundry will take up more space. If your clothing storage is maxed out you’ll need to cut 20-40% of your wardrobe or find more space.
I think this will be a temporary time cutter for my family. Eventually I would like Henry to fold and put away his own laundry.
I probably have outlandish expectations on this front because I was doing all of my own laundry by age ten. That’s what happens in a single parent family with six children. If you wanted clean clothes you had to learn how to use the washing machine at a young age.
Anyone already skip folding laundry or willing to try it?