Large Family Laundry Routine + Printable Laundry Schedule
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One of the most difficult tasks involved in running a large family is keeping up with the laundry! Oh, my, goodness. There is just so much of it. I came up with my large family laundry routine out of lots of trial and error. Beware, there is no magic solution to doing the laundry. It will be a lot of work. I make it seem like less work by doing a load or two every day except Sunday. One of my favorite scented laundry detergents that makes this task a little more enjoyable is the Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean laundry detergent from Sam’s Club.
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Large Family Laundry Routine
I keep laundry hampers in both bathrooms. When my kids have dirty clothes, they are required to put them in the hampers. My husband and I place our dirty clothes in the hamper in our bathroom.
On Saturday, I gather all of the dirty clothes from the hampers, and transfer them to laundry baskets in front of my laundry closet area. Thankfully, this hallway is not our main hallway, so I can place the baskets there. I generally do not sort clothes. I will pull out delicates and set them aside to be done as time allows. Any whites that need to be bleached will also get pulled out and set aside, but we do not wear a lot of white clothes and I do not worry about socks.
I wash clothes every day except Sundays. There are days that I miss here and there, and I have to play catch-up to keep the laundry mountain from taking over.
Wednesdays are reserved for bed clothes and bath towels. I honestly do not wash everyone’s sheets on this day. One week I may wash the boys’ sheets, one week I may wash the girls’. There are times when sheets are washed more frequently on an as-needed basis.
I also gather up all of the bath towels and wash those on Wednesdays. Our kids do hang their towels in the bathroom and re-use them throughout the week.
I wash our kitchen towels on Thursdays.
And I do more clothes on Fridays and Saturdays.
I try to fold clothes and have the kids help me put them away every day, but some days it just doesn’t happen. I will make time at least three times per week to get the clothes folded and put away. My oldest two children help me put away the younger kids’ clothes.
Here’s a closer look at our schedule.
Monday – Clothes
Tuesday – Clothes
Wednesday – Sheets/Bath Towels
Thursday – Clothes/Kitchen Towels
Friday – Clothes
Saturday – Catch-Up
I’m still loving the DIY WASH sign I made for my little laundry closet a couple of years ago!
Printable Laundry Schedule
To help me keep up with my laundry schedule, I designed a pretty printable laundry schedule. You can download it for free below!
We are a family of 6 and my laundry schedule is very similar to yours, I’ve been doing it this way for a while now and love it!
Do you cloth diaper your babies?
I’ve found that 2 days worth of diapers is not a full load, and waiting more than 2 days to wash stinks much worse. When my baby was EBF, I used to wash on cold with our blacks, which wouldn’t show stains, then once he started eating solids, I began washing on hot with towels. ( My first baby, so only towels for our family of 3.) My husband protested strongly when he saw one day, so now towels and diapers are 2 separate loads, which really adds to laundry time and expense. How do you handle it?
So, I have a confession to make. I no longer cloth diaper. I know, I know. I stopped cloth diapering after my third. I’ve been pregnant with three more babies in three years and just could not stomach the smell anymore. When I did cloth diaper, I always washed the diapers separately, which I will admit just added to my already growing laundry load.
Ive got 14 kids and the tinest laundry room youve ever seen when the door to dryer opens it touches the wall. I dont know who in their right mind built that so small in a 3000 square foot home! Laundry is an never ending but I still refuse to wash on the lords day and no one else is allowed to enter that room.