Keeping up with my most-hated chore, the laundry

Yes, it’s true. I really hate doing the laundry. I think it’s because it’s never DONE! And I like things DONE and ticked off the list.

I actually have a friend who told me once that she finds doing laundry therapeutic. I can’t fathom this at all but maybe you also love doing the laundry and can relate.

Before the babies arrived I did 2 – 3 loads once a week, usually on a Friday, depending on whether it was hot or cold around these parts. In winter the laundry seems to pile up quicker because we’re wearing thicker clothes and layers, lots of layers :)

Of course, now that the babies are here, we have to do 3 – 4 loads of baby laundry every week, in addition to our 2 – 3 loads. They also spit on me all the time despite using burp cloths so that’s increased our laundry too!

Fun times!

So here’s what I now do:


  1. I have two big laundry baskets in my laundry, a tiny room just off my kitchen. One is for colours and one for whites. One of these baskets equals a full load in the machine so when the basket is full, I do a load, no matter what day of the week it is :)
  2. We have a laundry basket in our bedroom which I empty every 1 – 2 days.
  3. When I empty the bedroom laundry basket, I separate into the colours and whites piles there and then.
  4. I keep stain remover, washing powder and fabric softener, right where I use it – next to the washing machine – so that it’s not a big schlep actually doing the laundry.
  5. Most times, I get the machine ready before the time by filling the washing powder and fabric softener drawers, and setting the dial ready to start. We also have a leaking tap and I hate wasting water so I put a bucket underneath the leak.

Actual doing

  1. When one of those baskets is full, all I have to do is toss the laundry into the machine and turn on the tap.
  2. If I’m feeling extra clever, I load the machine in the evenings and leave a note for Dion to turn on the machine in the mornings when he wakes.


  1. If the weather’s good, which it is 90% of the time in Johannesburg, I like to hang the laundry outside to dry because the air does the job quicker and it saves me money by not having to use the tumble dryer.
  2. I hang shirts and tops straight onto hangers and hang the hangers on the washing line. It’s quicker than using clothes pegs and easier to bring in quickly if rain threatens as it does during summer time afternoons.


  1. I think if there’s anything worse than doing laundry in the machine, it must be the ironing. I absolutely can’t stand it. I’ve been known to wear every single thing in my wardrobe rather than get out the iron and iron something.
  2. We have a cleaning lady, Precious, who cleans the house and does our ironing once a week. Heaven! I would do without eating out but I will not do without Precious :)


The babies have a nanny to look after them and part of her responsibilities is to do their laundry while they nap. Aren’t I clever? :)

Do you love or hate doing the laundry?

If you’re one of those people who love doing the laundry, please share your tips with the rest of us :)

P.S. This is in response to Michelle from British Columbia who wanted to know how to keep the laundry monster at bay :)

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