Once-a-Week Laundry System #MaytagMoms

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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.

Once-a-Week Laundry Tip #maytagmoms

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.

Laundry done.

Once-a-week Laundry #maytagmoms

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.

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  1. Kym says

    Do laundry once a week. Been doin’ it for 20 years now. Absolutely love it that way! It’s just like you said. It’s done. Don’t have to think about it again for 6 more days. I clean house that day too. It is absolutely awesome to sit down on Monday night and know that everything is done. I usually light some candles and turn on a lamp or two and just enjoy the smell of clean!

  2. Erin says

    Sounds great for a small family. However, with 6 kids, daycare kids, a farm, and homeschooling, not only would our laundry not FIT in a day, I don’t HAVE a day, lol! What works for us is daily laundry. Every weekday, and on weekends if I’m around. I just toss loads in anytime it’s empty, and switch loads, hang out on the line, fold, etc whenever I have a minute. I aim for 4 loads a day, but am happy with 3. I’d estimate 15-20 loads most weeks.

    • Michelle says

      Erin – that’s what I was thinking too! Between 5 children, hubby, myself, linens, husband’s work clothes, baby items, I could never get it all done. Plus, with 5 children to care for, teach, and love, I simply couldn’t squeeze it all in with out staying up all night! I find that if I load the washer before breakfast, switch it at nap time after lunch, and empty the 2nd load after dinner, its just as easy as loading and unloading a dishwasher!

      We do not carry clothes up and down the stairs either. I have a rack where all the clothes are hung, smallest to tallest. There are bins for socks, under garments and p.j.’s, as well as two large bins for towels and linens.

      That alone is a huge time saver!

  3. Andrea says

    I typcially do laundry on Saturday’s, but have lately gotten sick of spending my Saturday’s cleaning and working on laundry. So I am thinking I am going to pick an evening and just do it (I work M-T). With a family of only 3 I’m pretty sure I can get a weeks worth of clothes washed in a 4.5hr time period. I maybe outta my mind, but we will see! hahaha I also don’t YET have the Maytag system but as soon as my current washer and dryer crap out, I plan to get them! They sound/look AMAZING!!!

  4. lisa says

    I have been married for 13 yrs and we are a family of 3 and i have never made laundry a chore, never designated a day or have just thrown in a load just to get it done. When i have an afternoon or evening i throw it in and fold when it comes out. I have never left it in the dryer or sofa etc.. i learned from my mom, she never said oh i need to do laundry, we never excluded daily activities or outings, it will get done. I find when we are home in the eveing, i do it watching tv and about 4 loads are done in one evening. Thanx for the article, fun to read.

  5. says

    I’ve got a large MayTag, but mine is a front loader and it takes from 1 – 1.5 hours per load. My problem is that since it takes that long, if I forget to get back and unload that load and get the next one in, pretty soon it’s evening and I’ve only done three loads. I can’t imagine getting our family of five’s laundry all done in a day, but I’m tempted to try….maybe I just need to set a timer so I don’t forget. I could see doing one day of clothes and one day of towels/sheets.

    Also – your boys are SO CUTE on top of the washer. :)

  6. Tanya says

    I homeschool and have my own business. I choose not to do laundry on the weekends as that is precious family time with all of us home. I put in a load before bed and set the delay cycle (my fav feature on my front loaders). That way the load is done when I get up, I put it in the dryer and wash a second load. I fold and put away #1 and dry #2 during our morning school break. By lunch the second load is done. Sometimes I do three instead depending on how many linens/sheets/blankets etc there are. So I get 10-15 loads done per week without feeling like I am a laundry slave!

  7. Emily says

    I have 4 baskets in my laundry closet. Each holds 1 load. My family of 4 (2 teenage boys) uses the baskets as hampers. All dirty clothes are deposited there daily. When a basket is full, I do it. I also hang clothes immediately when they come out of the dryer. I do at least 1 load per day, but usually 2…it’s never a big deal. Also, I always make sure sports clothes are washed immediately. I time my washing based on the boys’ stinky clothes. LOL

    • Jen says

      I have a standard top loading washer and slow dryer…we do not have money to buy an elaborate set like you have shown. I also have a family of six, would this system still work for us? I could see it being beneficial to have all of my husband’s dress clothes ready for the week instead of trying to search on a daily basis for what is available…I cloth diaper too so it would be amazing to only have those to wash every other day throughout the week….

      • Kristie says

        I have a regular washer and dryer and large family i always do all laundry sunday the kids and my husband are responsible for putting away their own clothes i never did it any other way so its very doable

  8. T says

    I have the same set. I ALSO LOVE IT!!!! I went for a visit to my in laws a month ago. I had to do a small load for the kids. Hahha It was almost 2 loads in her standard washer. I was so amazed on how small it was. My husband came to look and was so happy we had got the largest washer ever or I would have to do laundry every day. I do clothes on Fridays And all bedding Wednesday’s. It works so great the kids know if it’s not in the basket they have to wait a week for it. I can do 2.5 loads on a Friday. I say a .5 because I was undergarments in hot hot water.

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