Finish the Laundry

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Guess the Activity, Laundry | 0 comments

Finish the Laundry

Do you wonder why you are never caught up with the laundry? Well, the bad news is, unless everyone is naked while you’re doing laundry, you will never be finished. However, you can make it an easier task by learning the separate elements of the laundry process. Can you identify what’s causing an interruption in your laundry routine?
All the steps to clean clothes are listed in this previous post, http://org4everyday.com/2014/07/12/guess-the-activity/. The first half of the process was detailed in another blog post, http://org4everyday.com/2014/07/19/laundry-is-a-process-1/. The rest of the functions are expanded below.
I have been a Professional Organizer for many years, and have found that the last half of the laundry process seems to be the most difficult for my clients. The clothes don’t make it back into the drawers because there’s a traffic jam somewhere in the laundry operation.
When the steps in the process are looked at one by one, bottlenecks in the system can be found and fixed. If the next step in any process is difficult or inconvenient, it creates a clog in the system. Determining where, and why, the process bogs down leads to a solution and an efficient system. We’ll look at the steps in the process from the washer to putting clothes away. The bold-faced terms are the steps as outlined in the “guess the activity post” above.
The last post got us to clean clothes sitting in the washer. Now the rest of the story.
Taking things out of the washer, remove from 1st processing unit, and putting them in the dryer, place in 2nd processing unit, is a common snag in the system. Clothes are forgotten in the washer, get stinky, and have to be washed again. This puts all the other loads on hold and stops all progress.
Taking stuff out of the dryer, remove from 2nd processing unit, is another roadblock that takes more time and energy. Items get wrinkled and will either require drying again with a wet towel, ironing or rewashing.
Often in an effort to get another load in the dryer, the wrinkled clothes are put somewhere to “do something with later.” The problem is, later doesn’t come soon enough to get dressed tomorrow.
Folding or hanging up clothes, manipulate, is another stumbling block. Even if the clothes are taken out of the dryer, if they aren’t folded or hung up you will have wrinkles. I often find dining room tables covered with piles of clean clothes getting wrinkled while they wait to get folded. This problem is often caused by the lack of space to work with the clean clothes.
Putting clothes away, move to storage area, and place in specific storage compartments, are the final steps in the process and the one that actually makes clean clothes available to your family. That is unless you like getting dressed from the piles on the couch. This process is much easier if closets and drawers are organized.
Did you discover where your laundry system grinds to a halt? Learn how to get it moving again in future posts.
Learn along with Nikki as she and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, get the house organized room by room.
Copyright© 2014 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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