I don't know what kind of laundry system you use but let's just say mine isn't working. In fact, I hesitate to use the term "system" to describe the haphazard methodology that I use.
When we built our house I really did put a lot of thought into making laundry easier. I have lots of counter space...lots of cabinets...a hanging rod over my shiny, white, front-loading, high-efficiency washer and dryer...and pretty, yet functional baskets for each family member that sit on top of the washer and dryer. The plan was that as I take clothes out of the dryer I can fold them and place them in their owner's basket.
But what we have here is a failure...of epic proportions.
I now have mountains of neatly folded clothes that I continue to stack in my lovely baskets, and stack and stack and stack. Until the pile falls over behind the shiny, white front-loading, high-effiency washer and dryer and has to be fished out with a broom handle. And re-washed and re-dried.
As a side note..."high-effiency" does not mean it will fold and put away your clothes for you. I know. I was disappointed too.
I have begun to notice that my family lacks laundry putting-away skills. Sadly, I also lack them. I have also begun to notice that my kids wear the same pieces of clothing over and over. I hasten to add that these clothes are not dirty (at least not most of the time.) They have been washed but they are also in those lovely baskets. Which is the only place my kids know to look for clean clothes. On top of the stack, because, you know, there's really no sense in digging to the bottom of the pile and having them all fall behind the washer.
I have tried having my kids put away their clothes. Sadly, this is even worse. Caitlin stuffs all of her clothes into one cubby and then can't find anything. Because it's way to much trouble to dig through the cubby. Much easier to go get the clean clothes from the top of the stack in the basket. With the added bonus that you don't have to put away what you're wearing.
I have foiled her plan.
I spent about and hour and a half today making these:
and placed them here:
Yes, it took an hour and a half. I have the uncanny ability to waste inordinate amounts of time looking industrious while actually accomplishing very little.
It's a gift.
Oh, and if I work for you I never, ever waste time at work!