laundry help: how to cut down

Today I’m going to share our secret to cutting down on our in HALF!  First, I’ll tell you what we were doing which I’m sure helped, but I didn’t notice a huge difference.

-PJ’s worn twice

-bottoms and tops worn until they look/smell dirty

This seemed like a good idea, but it was left up to the kids to decide if it looked or smelled dirty.  I didn’t really check up on it much.  I also didn’t notice a big change.

So, that was our attempt at laundry reduction.  I was still being taken out by the laundry monster weekly.  In the last year said monster has only been slain 3 times.  By slain I mean ALL laundry washed, fold and put away at once…no piles here or there, no baskets lined up against the wall ect.

Three weeks ago this all changed when Prince Charming came up with an idea.  I was hesitant at first.  I didn’t want to. I didn’t think it would work.  I tried anyways.

Here’s what we do now.

-wear same PJs all week

-have a set of play clothes (work clothes for adults) that is worn for the whole week- this doesn’t include undergarments and socks :)

Adults go through 2 shirts but same bottoms

-when we go out (store, church, visits) we change into “nice clothes”.  Upon getting home it’s straight back into play/work clothes and put away nice clothes right away.

This system of play clothes/nice clothes has literally cut our laundry in half.  We went from 10-12 loads a week to 5-6 loads!

Things to know:

-your kids shirts will look dirty, but not when anyone but you can see

-you won’t be uptight about them playing and getting their clothes messed up

-you will have to do this too if you want cooperation from them

-you can switch up your nice clothes so you aren’t wearing the same outfit all week as long as you hand it up ect.

-even if your kids are in school this will work in a different version decided by you (ie. you can save the weeks school clothes to use again, and have them change into play clothes when they get home)

-you’ll save money on soap, water, and energy

-you’ll be able to do all your washing and folding in one day instead of being a garment slave

-the kids rooms will be cleaner because they aren’t throwing clothes everywhere

-you get your time back for more important things, like your family and your hobbies

-you’ll love this after you see the results

Laundry monster…meet your maker!

I still have more tips up my sleeve.  I can’t wait to share more.

P.S. Olivia the fashionista doesn’t like this system, but once she’s in the clothes she is fine the rest of the day.  You may receive resistance.  It’s worth the reward.

3 thoughts on “laundry help: how to cut down

  1. Nicole Latulippe says:

    Good idea. I am hesitant though! My sister in law at one point limited each persons total amount of clothes to what you would need in a week, with a few variations. I think that might work too. Maybe I could even had a rotating set of weekly clothes changed out every so often. Thanks for the tips….gets me thinking :)


  2. Ashley says:

    Poor Olivia :(…LOL! Okay, well I kind of do this. We have play clothes and good clothes and I agree with you that the playclothes make it very freeing at home not worrying about them getting messy. My problem is we just have TOO MANY clothes and I’m always afraid to get rid of a lot because then we might end up needing it. I’m assuming you ended up with unused clothes by following this method…what did you do with them? I try just storing them away, but that turns into a whole other monster. :/


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