I decided to investigate my laundry folding habits to see if I couldn't maximize my time and allow for more bon bon time (yeah...more like playing horsies with the girlets time).
I hope some of these tips help you. The most important tip is first! For this demonstration I used 4 large loads of laundry for 5 people and from start to finish (everything put away) I spent 25 minutes including getting snacks for the kids, getting a 2 year old to stop spinning all of the toilet paper off the roll and putting it back on, pausing to eat snacks the kids made for me--thankfully they tasted good, entertaining a 4 year old chatterbox and being super quiet while putting away the kids clothes because the baby was sleeping (yeah, all 3 share a room). :)
1. Give Yourself A Pep Talk -- Seriously!
Look that pile of laundry in its big mound of a face and say to it :"You don't scare me!" Ok so maybe you don't have to say that but you at least need to think it. I found myself always feeling overwhelmed and told myself it would take forever and I would never finish.When I flipped my thinking, I have folded the laundry in half the time--seriously!
In a perfect laundry filled world I would fold as I pull the laundry out but that never seems to happen. I usually start with this:
Then I dump like this: (you could use a bed or a table but it is best elevated--not the floor)
Then I lay out a basket for each person:
Then I stand between the empty baskets and the mound and I begin to fold.
3, You Touch It, You Fold It
I don't sort. If the kids want to help I let them sort socks and things but if I pick something up I fold it. A few exceptions are allowed for this rule - socks, and items I hang. I find I save so much time by just tackling the mound instead of sorting first. Socks for everyone get their own pile on the bed and then I lay the hang up pile in separate his and hers piles either on the floor or on the back of a chair and then I drape the kids hang up stuff over the edge of their basket.
4. Getting to know your basket
I designate a spot in each basket for bottoms, tops, pajamas, unders, etc. This makes unloading really easy.
Rag/towel basket: (I use a new rag/towel every day)
5. Finishing touches
After I do all the folding, I match socks, put the hang up pile onto hangers and then I put everything away.
*Note: My second timed run I had an overwhelming 8+ loads to fold. I set a goal to do it in 30 minutes. I have kids and well...I folded everything in 31 minutes but putting away took another 11 minutes for a total of 42 minutes. Not too bad! Do you have any laundry folding tips?