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Simplify your laundry system with these easy steps for conquering your family’s piles of clothes, towels, and linens.

A Simple Laundry System

Laundry is one of those things that I thought would be too basic even to talk about – I mean, no one I know talks about laundry unless it’s to say there’s too much of it.

However, over the years I noticed people always seemed to have laundry piled on the dining room table or in baskets on the couch in a state of perpetual unfoldedness (Um, not a word? What do you say for things that never get folded? Maybe unfoldedness should be a word…).

Then I discovered numerous articles on the web about laundry “systems” and even a blog devoted to all things laundry (Mamas Laundry Talk), so I realized there must be even more people struggling with mounds of laundry.

And since it is one of the basic things we all have to deal with I thought I’d share about my laundry “system” – fully acknowledging that I’ve never thought of it as a system at all, just the way I do laundry.

Like most things in my life, my current laundry routine stemmed from my desire to make all things simple.

That and the fact that I wanted to use my dining table for other things…like dining.

From my experience, I can tell you that if you follow these steps, there will not be piles of laundry looking at you for days and it will be relatively painless.

OK, unless you have tons of people living with you, or run a farm dealing with large amounts of mud and manure I’ve never imagined on clothes. Then you’re on your own.

This article has been updated – it was originally published in September 2010.

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