I tried doing once-a-week laundry a while back (I guess it was probably a year ago). I did it successfully for a while. But it was tough with my old washer and dryer. I was rushing to get it done.
I rarely got it all done in one day. And eventually, my one day a week of doing laundry led into starting it the night before, and getting the last load (and sometimes putting in the last load) out of the dryer the next day. And then folding and putting away was always the following day. It wasn’t working.
Once-a-week laundry was about to be a thing of the past and I was thinking of going back to doing it ‘as needed’ throughout the week. A load or two a night before bed, or putting one in as the kids took a nap, and whatnot. But I always find that when I do it sporadically throughout the week, they rarely get folded. And never make it back into our dressers.
What is Once-a-week laundry?
Its something that Jackie over at Happy Hooligans gave me the idea for. Simple enough. You pick a day (any day you want!) and dedicate it to washing, drying, folding and putting away all of the laundry that day. Just one day. Do it all and be done with it. Don’t think about it the other 6 days of the week.
If it’s not in your dresser or closet, you know its in the hamper and its dirty. There’s not a chance that maybe its in the washer, or the dryer, or in the laundry basket needing to be folded…. or folded and just needing to be put away! You know right where it is. In your dresser or closet and clean, or it’s not.
I got back into the once-a-week laundry system.
The Maytag Bravos XL is such an eye opener again! Have I mentioned that its huge? Seriously, XL means Extra Large (though I think it should be XXL). I have yet to let my kids climb into them but I seriously would bet that it could fit both of them at the same time (I’m really not exaggerating there for effect).
My many loads of laundry each week (probably 6-8 full loads per week) have gone down to 4 loads per week. And that’s when I feel like being extremely cautious and kind to my washer and put in, what I call, a normal size load (it looks so empty in the washer). I have even done a few weeks of once-a-week laundry in only 3 loads, it can handle it, easily.
Twenty-one large bath towels in one load. Easy.
It says the dryer is 7.3 cubic feet, but that number doesn’t mean much to me. It might to you though. So I’m just throwing that out there for your own benefit. The washer’s 4.6 cubic feet if you wanted to know that, too.
Have I mentioned the Maytag Bravos XL Laundry pair is quite fast too? Last week, my husband actually laughed at me at lunchtime. “You’re done with laundry already?” … well, I just put the last load in the dryer.
Plus, it was folded and put away. In one day. Not even. In one morning.
Have you tried doing laundry once-a-week?
Note: I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Laundry Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.