Looks like a mess doesn't it? I know that it would drive some of you crazy to have to look at this for a few days (I don't actually enjoy that part of it either), BUT it is so worth it. So what I do now is on Mondays I JUST wash sheets. Rather than filling the first work day of the week with laundry, I concentrate on getting a good start on other things for the week. And soon we'll be leaving bright and early for Classical Conversations every Monday so I'll throw the sheets in before we go. Tuesday afternoon I sort all the clothes and start washing. I line up the baskets along the wall in the school/play/guest room and as things become dry I sort them into the baskets- one each for the 3 oldest kids, one for the 2 little girls, 1 for Pete and me, and one for towels. Wednesday and/or Thursday (depending on what else we're doing that week) I do the rest of the washing. On Thursday afternoon Peter, Kate, Maddie and I listen to Jonathan Park and fold. The goal is to get everything put away Thursday afternoon and have THREE FULL DAYS OF NOT DOING ANY LAUNDRY!
I'm sure at some point this system will fail and I'll have to change it, but I'm thrilled to have found a way to not be so overwhelmed and discouraged by all the laundry!
Okay, time for you to share how you keep the laundry chaos to a minimum at your house.