I hate to admit it, but the pile you see above would most usually sit there for several days. It would slowly diminish as I pulled from it the things we need. It’s not ALWAYS this way, sometimes I get some of it put away, other times I get it folded and it sits that way.
This drives my husband bananas.
Chloe recently out of self pride and organizational skills that far outweigh my own has begun to fold and put away her own clothes. She has everything perfectly organized and spaced in her drawers.
I knew I needed to get a handle on this. I am grown now. A mother of three. My laundry demons had to get under control.
I come from a long line of exceedingly tidy people. My grandmother is 88 and can hardly walk. Even now everything in her house is completely clean and everything is perfectly folded. Every closet is neat and organized. My mom could whip a house into shape in no time. It was shocking what she could do.
I asked my mom once how she did it. How did she get it all done? Did she enjoy cleaning? No, she did not enjoy cleaning. She told me she timed herself. She realized that cleaning off the table only took about 40 seconds, straightening up the living room about 3 minutes. If something only took 3 minutes, why not just do it?
I decided to put this to the test on the huge pile of clothes. Three girls and a husband produce so much laundry. They essentially wear 3 outfits each a day. Work/school clothes, after school/work activity clothes and pajamas. Everything ends up in the dirty clothes pile, so it all ends up getting washed.
I got the baby down for a nap and the girls were in the playroom playing “house”. This was the perfect window for my experiment. The minute I began I could feel the excuses to stop working bubbling up inside. I was thirsty, should I check on the chicken in the oven, I wonder what the girls are doing, my back kinda hurts…. but I kept steady towards my goal and worked swiftly.
After I got everything fully folded and put away I ran to the timer to see what it said.
Not too bad, but I think next week I want to beat it.
ps. Try this too and let me know what happens in the comments below. I timed myself unloading and loading the dishwasher and cleaning up dinner, 7:57.6.