How Doing Laundry Once a Week Makes Life Better

Today is Show Us Your Life: Cleaning Tips on Kelly’s Korner. I’m excited (or, looking forward to… I try not to get too excited about cleaning) to share with you two things that I have recently started doing that have made my life more relaxed, organized and… cleaner!

1. Doing Laundry once a week.

I just started doing this a few weeks ago. Before, I felt like I was doing laundry all the time. In reality it was probably every 2-3 days but it sure felt like I was always doing laundry! I decided to try doing laundry just one day a week, and so far I’m loving it! It does mean that I have to do a lot of laundry during one day, but I do it on a Saturday usually, and doing laundry one day is better than doing laundry every day!

This doesn’t include cloth diapers. I have to wash those whenever they tell me they need to be washed, which is usually about twice a week.

On Saturday, or “laundry day” I usually do about 3-4 loads of laundry, including towels and clothes. Then I do one load for just our bed (and crib) sheets. This is great because I know that our bed sheets are getting cleaned weekly! It’s so nice to start the week fresh with clean clothes folded and put away and a clean bed! Life is better when your entire week is not swarmed with laundry!

How often do you do laundry? Do you think you could do it once a week?

2. Before going to bed every night, make sure the downstairs is cleaned.

This is my favorite one!

Downstairs is our kitchen, living room and eating area. At the end of each day, it is a disaster. Lucas’ toys are all over the floor, tupperware is everywhere in the kitchen from when he pulled it out of the cupboard, his high chair try is covered in food, the kitchen counter is dirty from lunch and dinner preparations. It is just stressful and a mess.

So, every night before I go to bed, I try to pick up the downstairs. This usually only takes me about 20 minutes and when I come downstairs in the morning, my day already starts off right! Instead of my morning beginning with cleaning and a busy looking downstairs, it starts off clean and peaceful. Life is better when you start the day off right!

Do you tidy up your kitchen and family room each night?

Something I really need to work on is

… making our bed. This takes, what, like 2 minutes top? Yet, I don’t make our bed very often. I need to work on this!

What are your favorite cleaning tips? Check out Kelly’s Korner for more ideas!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

11 thoughts on “How Doing Laundry Once a Week Makes Life Better

  1. I was going to ask about diapers if you didnt mention them! Ha! I do mine on a x per load rotation, basically in the quantities I bought them, with the few snaps I have with the oldest diapers and the AI2s I have rotating at the beginning or end of each load, depending on when we hit the last pocket diaper- it also keeps them in good rotation so one 'orange' one doesnt get used more than the other and cause uneven wear, etc. I do end up doing laundry basically once a week, but right now we only have 7-8 shirts apiece because of our move, so sometimes I spread it over 2 days due to something we have to do on Sat, etc. As for our living areas, I do tend to pick up Keeley's toys a couple of times a day (lob them) and once at night. I try and get the recycling out to the can as soon as possible, or before I go to bed, and put everything away when done using it. Unfortunately, we don't have a dishwasher right now, so I have a rack full of dishes drying and a counter full, because I did not feel well yesterday. Speaking of which, I need to check on my inserts, which I just soaked in rockin green. I had one with a stain, figured I'd see if it would come out. I tried RnG on baby clothes and they don't smell as perfumey as the Dreft. I think I'm done with the Dreft, anyway!

    One GREAT tip for cleanup is to never leave a room empty handed, so take your glass out of the living room and put in the dishwasher when you go to the bathroom on commercial, etc. Another one is to just start doing stuff and see how much you can get done in 15 minutes, like a game. Start a load of laundry, then go load the dishwasher (or unload), then fold a load of laundry or stuff diapers, wipe down surfaces. One more tip is to wet your hand towel and used it to 'freshen' your bathroom counter/sink before washing towels. Get out the toothpaste and etc. without constantly using cleaner, and then deep clean every once in a while.

  2. My kids have all been taught how to do the laundry and now that they make most of it … they get to do it! I am teaching my children to keep boys too! They are 16 yrs old to 9 yrs old. Following you now, found you thru blogfrog..

  3. I can't get it together to make my bed each day, either, but I LOVE it when it's done! I'm with you on making sure the downstairs is clean. Although, in my case it's just the left side of the house as the only thing upstairs is the bonus room.

    I do laundry once a week. I love when the house is vacuumed and I light some candles.

    Oh, here's my tip: DIMMERS, DIMMERS everywhere! I love dimmers. Soft lighting goes a long way to create a relaxing atmosphere. Add that to some candles and a vacuumed room and it's heaven.

  4. I actually like doing laundry! So I don't mind doing a load a day. And picking up at night is a must. My husband can sit watching tv with all the odds and ends sitting there but they stare me in the face and I can't relax. So before I can rest and be done with the day, my house has to be picked up!

  5. I HAVE to do laundry everyday. If I let it all go until Saturday, then it wouldn't get done because there are not enough hours in a Saturday (or even the whole weekend!) to catch it all up then. Then again, I have five kids. My laundry tip is to teach your kids early on to put their own laundry away. Even my 4 year old can put her folded items in her dresser where they belong and I help with the hang-up stuff.

    And I definitely live by the tidy-up-the-dowstairs/living areas-every-night rule! I can't relax in the evening, either, with toys and books and dishes strewn all about. And it's so much nicer to get up in the morning and start the day to a neat kitchen.

    I've never really been big on making beds every day (I always think what's the point??) but I've just gotten into the habit and and I'm so glad. Our bedrooms seem cleaner and more inviting on a daily basis, even if they're not REALLY clean.

  6. Sunday has always been our main “laundry day”. Sometimes I have to do an extra load during the week, if say one of the kids is sick but that's pretty rare. I always pick up the house after the girls go to bed. I could never relax knowing that there was still a mess in the other room! I also make our bed daily. The room just feels cleaner and more organized when the bed is made. Plus, our room is also my craft room so I end up using the bed to lay things out on!

  7. I have tried several different approaches to laundry, and what works best for me is doing one load a day. In the morning, I get up, make the bed, and throw in a load of clothes. It has to be clothes or it doesn't work. That means that if I need to wash sheets or towels or diapers, I'll be doing more than one load that day. But really, doing one load of clothes a day takes probably a total of ten minutes work for me. It doesn't take much time at all to fold and put away one load. This is the only system that works for me, we always have clean clothes to wear, and our hampers are never overflowing. And I never have to give up an entire day catching up.

  8. I completely agree with both tips. I've been doing laundry once a week for several years now, and it works perfectly for us! I also can't go to bed unless the house is picked up. It gets messy so quickly in the morning, so it's nice to start with a clean slate!

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