5 Ways to Get Your Laundry Down to Two Loads Per Week (From a Mom of 5)


Laundry! Most mothers either cringe, turn white, or turn red at the thought of it. And to be perfectly honest, I could never relate. I empathized since it always sounded like a nightmare, but never quite understood why it had to be that way. I would reluctantly confess to only doing two loads of laundry per week, embarrassed. I just assumed that it was me that was doing something wrong – like I was missing something that all these other ladies knew that I didn’t!

I’ve been asked by many women over the years how it is that with my family of seven souls, I do the laundry so seldomly, so I decided to simply divulge a few reasons in the hope that it will help you to maintain order and get on top of this area of your life.

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We don’t have a lot of clothes

I am a “chucker” deluxe – as opposed to a hoarder. So therefore, if my husband, myself, or our five children haven’t worn some clothing items in our cupboards for … well… since I can remember, I put them aside and give them to someone who will be blessed by them (friends, thrift stores, etc.).

On a side note, my hubby needed a couple of t-shirts a few years ago, and we went shopping together looking for some. At one point he turned to me and said, “Hon, between you and me, what’s the point in buying these shirts, you’re just going to give them away anyway!” It’s that bad :-).

Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the less clothes you have, the less you need to wash. Voila – reason number one for the less laundry thing!

Enlarge your borders

Up until a few years ago, we always had a standard 5kg washing machine. When it packed up, I looked on Trade Me, which is our local ebay type site in New Zealand, and found that a great Samsung 8kg washing machine was available. I won it (for an amazing $300) and have never look back.

You see, my sweet, the larger your washing machine, the more clothes it washes, and the less loads you have to do. Rocket scientists actually did work that one out, I’m sure! 🙂 So, invest in a larger washing machine and let it do the work instead of you.

Assign a “Laundry” Chore

Doing the laundry is one of the chores that we have in our home. We each do a pair of chores for two weeks straight, before changing them around. Well, that means that I only really do the laundry once every 3 months! Of course, I do help the younger children, and I’m usually the one to hang the washing out on the line (one of my favourite things on this earth to do!) since [read, “therefore”]we don’t have a dryer. But other than that, the laundry is someone else’s responsibility for most of the time.

Did you know that statistics show that 88% of laundry is done by moms, totaling 330 loads of laundry (about 7 loads per week) and 5,300 articles of clothing each year.*

Yet I can’t find one verse in the Bible that says, “Mothers shalt be the only ones to doeth laundry.

So I guess there’s no reason why it can’t be a shared blessing…

A Place for Everything

In our home, once we undress in the evening, we are each trained by yours truly to do one of two things with our garments.

If they are clean, we return them to the cupboard, and if they are dirty, we place them in the washing baskets provided. Now, I don’t know how you feel about returning worn clothes to the cupboard, but if you’re fine with it, it’ll save you a lot of laundry (of clean clothes – the way I see it!).

Change your Attitude

And finally, based on my pretty vast experience in hearing beautiful women complain about their laundry, I must venture to challenge you, beloved sister, to change your attitude about this necessary and vital part of life as a wife and mother.

It is actually a blessing to serve the people you love by providing clean and pleasant smelling clothes for them to wear each day as they go about the Lord’s work. In fact, washing our garments (and those of the one’s we love) has our God’s seal of approval:

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life,

and may enter by the gates into the city.

Revelation 22:14

Obviously you won’t be saved and allowed into Heaven just because you’re up to date with your laundry, but, God’s Word does place significance on cleaning and purifying clothes.

And think with me for a moment about what great a price the King of all Kings paid to do our laundry, dear friend:

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18

Yes… God washed away your sins, and mine, laundering our filthy sin stained rags and presenting us with garments far whiter than any laundry detergent commercial could ever claim to accomplish.

Our attitude to this seemingly menial task is to reflect this most pure of truths, as we do it as unto Him and for His glory.

Which of the above suggestions could you implement in order to get your laundry down further. Do you have any additional advice that can be added to this list?

*http://www.happyworker.com/supermom/facts#.V3TVoFea1FI

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66 Responses to 5 Ways to Get Your Laundry Down to Two Loads Per Week (From a Mom of 5)

  1. We only do a few loads a week because we do have less clothing (read wear less fresh clothing). We’re still very much in the diapers stage, so there’s a few loads of diapers washed each week. So, outside of probably 2 total loads of actual clothing, and a load or two of sheets & towels, we’re good to go! I love hanging our clothes out on the line as well. It really brings me much joy! 🙂

    • womenabiding says:

      Good point, Kendall! The diaper stage makes it impossible to do just two loads a week. Glad we have hanging our clothes on the line in common :-). A joy that not many out there still share today…:-) Have a great weekend, sweet friend xoxo

  2. My washer died in March and unfortunately, I just had to get the cheapest I could find. Next time around, definitely going for one that can take larger loads. We have “to wear again” bins for each member of the family. For the grown-ups it’s a pop-up mesh hamper. That does help cut back on laundry and keeps things neater and more organized. #ShineBlogHop

  3. Risa says:

    I love enlarging your borders. I have a very large machine. I also try to make sure my children only change clothes once a day and they can even re-wear clothing if it’s not visibly dirty or smelly.

    • womenabiding says:

      Exactly, Risa! So practical… I wasn’t sure how folks would take that re-wearing part of the post, but I’m glad we’re not the only ones 🙂 So much appreciate your stopping be! You’re always welcome here 🙂 xoxo

    • Leslie says:

      I totally agree, but I do have a problem sometime with one child trying to re-wear obviously dirty clothes. Suggestions?

  4. Leslie says:

    Love it! I typically do laundry only one day per week by employing some of your suggestions, but I always throw in a load of towels after getting back from the pool on a swimming day. It’s just easier for me than dealing with wet towels. Of course, kids can help fold! Sometimes I get bonus laundry on snow days, too!

    • womenabiding says:

      Oh wow, Leslie! That’s great that you’re organised enough to do all your laundry on one day! Yes, there are definitely exceptions like when you have a load full of wet chlorinated towels from the swimming pool. You’re an inspiration! xoxo

  5. Margaret says:

    I just had to read your post when I saw 2!!! loads of laundry a week. The larger machine certainly does help. I recently inherited a larger machine and am startled by the decrease in laundry. Our family re-wears many items before washing, but I always felt unsure about how long and what to do with them between times. I actually searched the internet for answers and the general thought was if an item is worn on the layer next to your skin, wash after one use. If it is an over layer it can go from 3-6 wears before washing depending on your activities.

    • womenabiding says:

      Margaret, your comment was invaluable to me, and I know will be to the Women Abiding readers! I have never heard the when to wash and when to re-wear concept, and while we probably go by it without even realising, this is a tidbit that I will be very aware of. So thankful for you! xoxo

  6. Emily says:

    Yes, we need to see laundry as a blessing! It’s a blessing to have children to dirty up the clothing. 🙂

    I need to work on having a place for everything…

    • womenabiding says:

      Amen, Emily! A place for everything is a great point! It makes the laundry so much more pleasant when you know where everything is going, and is in general a huge help for keeping the home generally tidy. Such good insight! xoxo

  7. Rosie Digout says:

    Loved reading your post! I really don’t like doing laundry, despite being a neat freak. I do hang things up if I am going to wear it again, jeans especially. I don’t really like that fresh out of the dryer, stiff pair of pants. LOL. I prefer to hang up as many clothes as I can, as I don’t like to fold. Crazy, I know. This evening, I found out that my 12-year-old feels the same way. She hangs up her clothes too. Again, thanks for the great tips!
    P.s. Stopping by from #sharethejoylinky 🙂

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi there Rosie! Thank you for your input. I’m sure there are many advantages to being a neat freak! 🙂 It’s so special that your daughter takes after you in such practical matters (even without you realising :-)) Appreciate you stopping by and hope you’ll drop by again! xoxo

  8. Great tips! I have stopped washing all of my clothes every time I wear them and usually wait until after two or three wears. I finally got my husband to wear his pants more than once at least, and the toddler is so messy we don’t really have a choice. Question though, what are your two clothes? Do you sort colors? Darks and lights?

  9. As we’ve gotten older, and ahem, wiser, we have cut our laundry down a lot. I don’t need to wash my towel for showering but once a week, and neither does my husband. Our daughter does, but she’s 16, she’s still learning! LOL Our son does his own laundry, which saves us a lot of time, although he’s 24 and doesn’t have too much, he’s learned! LOL Jeans only need washed every so often and if I’ve only worn something a few hours, and by miracle I haven’t spilled anything on it, back into the closet it goes. LOL So, we are pretty frugal about laundry too. And although we have more clothes than you do, we still only wear the same handful each week. Unless it’s a special occasion. That helps too!

  10. Beth says:

    Though I don’t “chuck” the clothes we accumulate far often enough, Tehila, I do have my washing down to something of a science much like you do here. I don’t wash my clothes after every time I wear them, I do have a large washing machine and cram that baby full as often as possible, and I do (and did have when my sons were living with us) have anyone else in the house–like my hubby–help with parts of the laundry process. It has helped quite a bit over the years. But I love that you are giving us your practical and wise tips. I’ve seen many young moms have mountains of laundry in some corner of their houses. It truly can be a burden that is not managed well. Hugs to you!

  11. Deanna says:

    Thanks for this article. I have 8 children and I confess I have always struggled to keep up with the laundry. I decided a few years ago I have to get rid of too many clothes. However, I am often blessed by people passing on clothing to my children and I always end up with more clothes than we need …again. Thanks for the reminder to continue being vigilant in sorting out excess clothing. It’s not a one time deal!

  12. Hi! I love how you brought the good Lord into laundry! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Tessa W says:

    My kids wear dirty clothes at home. With three boys playing outside all day, amd being farmers, we have a play/farm load every week as well as a town clothes load. Add to that one towel per week per person and sheets every month, we have a pretty light laundry routine as well. (As I look over at the two over flowing baskets of laundry waiting to be folded…lol) When we had cloth diapers, I added a few loads but diapers are so easy to wash that I don’t count them as work. I actually wrote about my laundry saving tips a couple years ago:
    http://totsfamily.com/why-settle-for-taming-mt-laundry-when-you-can-eliminate-it/

  14. Sarah Foote says:

    I hate to complain… but laundry is one of my major woes! I love your idea about “a place for everything”… Definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  15. Nina says:

    I’m a ‘chucker’ too!! 🙂 (I am SO using that term from now on 🙂 Probably a bit much at times as I end up with hardly anything to wear lol but I’m a work in progress 🙂
    I really enjoyed this post as I love simplicity and saving! I have wanted an in ground clothes line for a long time now but since we rent, I don’t want to put one in. I do however have a back porch with posts to which I could attach some hooks. I did try making a line using thinner string (not good to use 😛 ) and nails. It was sagging pretty badly needless to say lol Then I got to thinking, just the other day, about trying it again. I had a flashback to my childhood when I use to play double Dutch with the neighborhood kids using a Clothesline! So I will again give it a go on making one to hang from my porch using Clothesline 🙂 Then all I’ll need to remember is to bring in the clothes BEFORE it rains 😛
    This post also brought to mind how we should do everything without ‘complaining’. I know I all too often complain about housework I don’t enjoy and need to learn to find joy in the chores- realizing that I could pray or worship during those times.
    Thank you for sharing some helpful tips both practically and Spiritually 🙂

  16. Ruthie Gray says:

    This is awesome! I’m sharing with my Fb readers this week! I made all mine learn to do their own laundry (even the hubs – but he just likes to so that worked out)!

  17. Ellen says:

    Brilliant! I love these five points – especially the last one. We’re a family of three and I suspect we’re at about 5 loads a week. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  18. thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and what works for you and your family…. laundry has never ever been my favorite thing to do, so I am always looking for all the help and advice I can get…. my kids are grown and gone, but I still have the biggest washer I could get 🙂 LOL

  19. I loved everything about this post! Laundry has become a special time for our family. My girls sort their own laundry into a hamper each night. After I wash, we all sit and sort/fold together while we catch up on the latest episode of Pioneer Woman. Then they put away their own clothes. I have had people insinuate I’m such a mean mommy because I made my (at the time) three-year-old put her own laundry away! My response was I never MADE her start that young. She saw big sis doing it and wanted to do it too! Big sis didn’t really start until she was five or so.

  20. Mary Hill says:

    I wish I had bought a slightly larger washer, but we had to go with affordable. I wash a lot in the week. I am with you, I would love to gift some of the laundry away too. Great lesson from a discussion of laundry on God’s love. His Grace does wash me whiter than snow. Thanks for linking up with us at Literacy Musing Mondays.

  21. It always seems like we have too much laundry. I love that you suggest we change our attitude about laundry. It is a way to be a blessing. Thank you for sharing at Mom-to-Mom Mondays.

  22. Laundry! This post made me smile! If you were to see the feed on my Searching for Moments Facebook Page, you would see I have LOTS of laundry comments 🙂 There are 5 of us, of which my 2 sons and my husband all are athletes and exercise almost every day. Prior to being sick, I was also a runner and ran 5 days a week! So, lots and lots of sweaty stinky clothes in this house! I have laundry bins for regular clothing and exercise clothing. It must stay separate because when I say stinky boys, I am not exaggerating! Bluk!!!!!

    However, as I find myself feeling as though my full-time employment is the muddling through of stinky laundry, I start speaking truth out loud! Ha! “Lord, I am thankful for healthy men! Lord, I am thankful for a spirit of self-discipline in my men! Lord, I am thankful for ….” At this point in our lives, no one else seems to know how to do laundry, either. I believe some learning needs to take place 🙂

    Blessings, friend, and thank you for linking up at #MomentsofHope!

  23. Jennifer says:

    These are great ideas. I am soon to be a mom of 5 also, and I know we have way too many clothes. My problem is that I tend have a hard time getting rid of things. I planned on getting rid of a lot of things when we moved, but in the end I ended up stuffing them in a box and moving them to the next house. I know that we could live on less, but it is so hard letting go.

    • womenabiding says:

      Sweet Jennifer – first of all congratulations on your upcoming bundle of JOY!!! How exciting!!! I used to be a “hoarder” but I tell ya what – when I became a “chucker” (as I call it), it changed my life! It freed up soooo much time, space, and stress! I think you’ll be amazed once you do it… Think eternally… you won’t be able to take any of it with you when you’ve passed, and won’t miss a single thing! I say, start with stuff that is out of the way… if you have stuff in boxes in the garage, or boxes under beds, etc. stuff you never see, you can probably do without it… of course there is the exception – truly sentimental items, etc. but for the most part I think if you get rid of everything that you think you may “one day need or use” chances that you’ll regret getting rid of them are like 0%!!! Thankfully we live in a first world country, and if by some chance you do need something you got rid of, you can always find some more nearby! I’m rooting for you, friend!! Let me know how it goes xoxoxoxoxoxo

  24. I don’t mind doing laundry, but these are helpful tips! I have been trying to downsize our closets for some time now, and this has motivated me even more! I have cloth diaper laundry to do, so I can’t wait until that season is done!

    I’m so glad I found this at the Modest Monday linkup!

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Leah! Yes, cloth diapers I imagine make for a lot more laundry, and obviously you need to take those into consideration. The good news is that this season *will* end!! Proud of you for downsizing your clothes… that’s more than most would do, and it is so helpful! You’re truly on the right track, lovely lady! xoxo

    • Nicole M says:

      Diapers mean you’ve been blessed with a precious little one! Someone once suggested praying for your baby every time you fold or change their diapers. I think that is a lovely idea, and an investment in their souls, for far too soon the diapers are put away for the last time, and your babies grow up and leave. Treasure your diaper days, if you can. I know they are tiring, but precious, too. God bless you, Leah.

  25. Tammy says:

    We reuse towels several times (after all, you are clean when you come out of the shower, well, hopefully, anyway!), and unless jeans and pants get dirty/stained, they too get several wearings.

    Tops might be a one time wear, esp in summer, but if possible they get two or three go rounds before washing.

    Not sure I can get my laundry down to two loads, though. Towels (once a week), underthings, tops, jeans/pants, kitchen linens. So four? See any room for improvement?

    • womenabiding says:

      Sounds as though you’re doing pretty well, Tammy! A larger washing machine may help with at least one load, if not more… I think you’re doing really well!!! Blessings to you xoxo

  26. Kristi Woods says:

    Enjoyed landing here today, Tehila, via #testimonyTuesday. Laundry is a bit of a monster, isn’t it? We manage with a color-coded schedule. It’s not 2 loads a week, but it does work for us. Darks on Monday, Whites on Tuesday, and so forth. And your two loads a week? I’m “woot wooting” you from here. That’s like Superwoman of the laundry world. 😉

    • womenabiding says:

      LOL!!! Thank you for your “woot wooting” me, Kristi! I’m sitting in a public place and just got a few stares when I laughed out loud 🙂 I’m certainly no superwoman, but these 5 strategies have worked for me… Goodonya (translation: good on you!) for having set up a system that works for you and your precious family! You’re a sweetheart 🙂 xoxo

  27. Mary Geisen says:

    Beautiful thoughts! God, the King of Kings, paid a ransom to do our laundry for us. Thank you for leaving me with such beauty tonight.

  28. I loved reading your laundry tips. I think that is the way families used to live. There was no way that they could hand wash clothes from each day.

    • womenabiding says:

      Judith! It’s soooo wonderful to have you here! I’ve missed you!!! Your perspective of how laundry used to be done in the olden days was beautiful! Thank you for that… I’ll carry that thought with me throughout the day…. Much love to you, dear friend xoxo

  29. Mother of 3 says:

    Our boys each have their own laundry hamper in their room and their own laundry basket. While I’d love for them to return clean clothes to their drawers they rarely have anything clean after wearing them. But the beauty of the hamper/laundry basket system is that each boy has his own and when the hamper is full it’s one load by itself. Some days they’ll wash their own but if they don’t I find folding goes so much faster and then they can not have their laundry washed or folded again until I get an empty laundry basket back. It doesn’t cut down on the loads we do each week (probably 1-2 a day!… my husband’s clothes get so grimy at work and he wears layers)… but I have found it’s an easy and quick system; one in which everyone pitches in. Besides the actual washing and drying is no big deal it’s the time to fold… and I prefer to fold… I’ll dump the basket out on my bed, lay open a book or turn on a favorite TV show and it’s a bit of quiet “me” time while completing a mindless chore.

    • womenabiding says:

      Joanne! I absolutely love how much thought you’ve put into making the laundry chore in your home run as smoothly as possible! And even that you turn it into “me” time! That is the bottom line… As long as the laundry is under control, that’s a fantastic start! Well done clever lady!!! xoxo

  30. Jann Olson says:

    I find that we all have our favorite clothing that we tend to wear the most. Most people have way more clothing than they need. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  31. I love getting rid of stuff and also have a pretty big machine…I must be on the right road! I’m still not doing as well as you though so I’ll definitely have to follow your tips more closely! Great post!

  32. Nicole M says:

    I’m rejoicing! My washer broke a few weeks ago, and I now have a new one. It actually does hot and cold washes. This is the first time, after being in NZ for 18 years, that I have had access to a hot wash on my machine. I’ve always asked vendors and plumbers for help on this one, but it’s never been achieved, until now! So, this has meant hand washing (pounding with a potato masher, lol) everything that needed a hot wash,(undies, tea towels, towels etc) in a bucket of hot water and suds, before it was transferred to the washing machine. I did frequent washes (had 5 children at home back then) to avoid too much washing by hand at any one time. Now I have one teen-age son at home, and a modern washing machine, the washes have dropped down to 1-2 a week, and I think I save on hot water, washing powder and definitely effort! I am so grateful to be able to just select a programme and have clean clothes a short while later! Praise God!

  33. Mary Bost says:

    Laundry is my nemesis. I recently bought a high-capacity washer and dryer and it was a game changer. Also, my daughter just turned 8 and turns out loves to do laundry! Now to teach everyone to put away their own clothes and I’ll have it made! Thanks for the advice.
    Mary
    (stopping in from sits)

  34. These are wonderful tips. I also have 5 small children. However, they never listen and they do not ever put their clothes in the dirty clothes baskets. They always manage to end up under the bed, or some other unGodly place. Count your blessings that your little ones follow your rules so well.

  35. These are wonderful tips. I also have 5 small children. However, they never listen and they do not ever put their clothes in the dirty clothes baskets. They always manage to end up under the bed, or some other unGodly place. Count your blessings that your little ones follow your rules so well. #BloggersPitStop

  36. Samantha says:

    Great ideas! We are a family or hoarders so we have a lot of clothes between four of us! I like the idea of wear again baskets or bins. Thank you for inspiration as I am a laundry hater and am trying very hard to get better at it.

  37. Hi,
    Interesting tips to help get the laundry done!
    Thank you for coming to the Blogger’s Pit Stop last week and linking up with us.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

  38. Sarah Jean says:

    It’s amazing that you got this down to two. I swear, I do four loads a week for just my husband and I. But we do have a tiny apartment washer and dryer so that may partially be it. Definitely getting a large washer once we buy a house!

  39. My son automatically puts all his clothes in the wash basket every night, and while that might be great in that he isn’t leaving them all over the floor, it also drives me mad and I am forever taking them back out again and folding them up to be worn the next day. If they are dirty or he’s been sweating or wearing suncream then fair enough, into the basket they go. If not, t-shirts can last two days and jeans 4 in my opinion. Great post.
    #Alittlebitofeverything

    • womenabiding says:

      I totally agree, Alana. It’s great that your son is in such a good habit – his wife will thank you one day 🙂 But yes, the next step would be to train him just to put the dirty items in and return the others to the cupboard… You’re definitely on the right track! xoxo

  40. Ceri says:

    This Post!!! so useful. I have recently gone with a bigger washer and I can’t tell you how much happier I am! I also agree with the returning clothes thing, now if i could only get my husband to stop storing his clothes on out bedroom floor 😉 Thanks for linking up #pinningforfuturereference… Ceri

    • womenabiding says:

      I’m so glad this post resonated with you, lovely Ceri! Proud of you for working on minimising your laundry! Hope you get your husband’s cooperation quickly 🙂 xoxo

  41. Jann Olson says:

    Sounds amazing! There’s only the two of us now, but I never have minded doing laundry; even when I had 5 children. I love the smell of the clean clothes and folding them perfectly was therapeutic for me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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