Too busy working to do laundry during the week? Need some ideas for a simple laundry routine that you can do on the weekends instead? Then I’ve got you covered! This laundry routine will let you do all of your laundry on the weekends so you don’t have to worry about it when you get home from work during the week.
I’m a huge fan of routines. They keep my home tidy and running like a well-oiled machine, and they help my home feel more like a blessing than a burden.
However, my laundry routine is one I’ve had to tweak since starting a full-time job last year.
When Josh and I got married in 2014, I was a full-time student working on my bachelor’s degree. Since Josh had a job that fully supported our lifestyle, he let me stay at home.
I loved being a homemaker and became spoiled to the homemaking routines I developed early on in our marriage. I was able to do laundry three days per week, which prevented our clothes and towels from becoming unmanageable. It was heavenly!
Back then, I washed towels on Monday, sheets on Thursday, and clothes on Saturday. This made laundry seem less daunting because I never had to do more than a single load on any of the three washing days.
It’s still my all-time favorite laundry routine, but it just didn’t fit my new schedule when I started working full-time. Unfortunately, being away from my home 50 hours per week shattered nearly every routine I worked so hard to maintain.
I tried making minor adjustments to my basic laundry routine to see if I could make it work. I tried starting a load before work and finishing it when I got home. This kept me from doing laundry on the weekends, but it also added more stress to my already-busy mornings.
Eventually, I realized that I needed a whole new routine that I could do on the weekends. It isn’t ideal, but it gets the job done efficiently, and it works with my busy schedule.
If you need help finding a system that works for your busy schedule too, then give this laundry routine a try!
Simple Weekend Laundry Routine for Busy Women
Here are the things I do each weekend to keep my laundry under control.
Saturday: Towels and Sheets
Saturday is both towel and sheet day.
Josh is beyond awesome in that he cleans the bathrooms for me now that I have so many other household tasks to cram into my weekends. After he cleans the bathrooms, I throw all of the towels that we used throughout the week into the washing machine.
While that load is washing, I strip our bed and remake it with our second set of bedding. Since I have allergies, I like to wash our bedding on a weekly basis, quilt and all. We recently purchased this washer and dryer, and they’re the perfect size to accommodate bedding.
Since our new washer has a longer cycle time than our old one, the towels usually aren’t finished washing by the time I’m done making the bed. I try to tidy up another area of the house while I’m waiting.
As soon as I hear the end-of-cycle alert, I transfer the towels to the dryer and put the bedding in the washer.
Again, I work on another area of the house that needs cleaning or decluttering while the towels dry. When the dryer alerts me that the towels are done, I immediately take them out and put the bedding in.
At this point, it would be very easy for me to leave the towels on the couch and deal with them later. Instead, I choose discipline and make myself fold them and put them away before starting another task.
I can’t stand having unfolded laundry hanging over my head, so I just try to do it as quickly as possible so I can move on. The same goes for the bedding when it finishes drying.
Sunday is clothes day.
Since our washer and dryer can hold a week’s worth of clothes, I can wash our colors in a single load. And since we don’t accumulate a lot of whites throughout the week, I can usually get away with washing them every other Sunday.
So some weeks I only have to wash one load of clothes (colors only), and other weeks I have to wash two loads (both colors and whites).
In either case, I follow the same routine as Saturday’s laundry day. I try to complete as many household chores as possible between cycle times. Then, I make sure to fold and put away the clean laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer.
Total Time Commitment
In all, I estimate that I spend about 3 hours on Saturday and 2-3 hours on Sunday doing laundry.
I don’t know how that compares to other people, but I think it’s pretty good. And the best part is that I can usually finish most of my other cleaning tasks while the laundry is going! I’m a huge fan of multitasking, so this method helps me work efficiently to maximize those 6 hours each weekend.
Even though it doesn’t seem to take very long to do my laundry on the weekend, the real key is learning how to do a load of laundry from start to finish in a single day.
It’s so easy to just do the washing and drying part without folding and putting away the clean laundry. But I’ll tell ya that it ends up costing you more time when you don’t fold laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer.
Because everything gets wrinkly. And that causes you to toss them back in the dryer to get those wrinkles out. It’s far more efficient to just fold them and put them away as soon as they’re done.
Getting disciplined with your laundry routine is a great way to save time, work efficiently, and get back to the things you really want to do on your weekend.
Wrapping It Up
Even though doing laundry on the weekend isn’t the most fun way to spend your days off, it’s still better than trying to cram laundry into your already-busy workweek.
Or worse, not doing it at all!
The point is to find a laundry system that works for you so you don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed out trying to keep the laundry under control.
And though a weekend laundry routine may not be ideal, if it keeps you sane, then it’s a system worth keeping!
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What about you? Do you have any laundry routine secrets for working women? Let me know in the comments!
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