How to create a laundry schedule

Unfortunately washing is one of those tedious jobs that is never-ending, you think you have found the bottom of the pile, but the next day it’s back!  You need to create a system that works for you.

I wash certain things on particular days (I have logic to my madness).  Firstly I separate all my washing into 4 piles, come back on Thursday to see how I keep our dirty laundry organised.  I have always had piles, it makes washing so much easier.

Tips for creating a Laundry Schedule

1. Separate washing into piles

Whites – anything white like a tablecloth, school socks, after school sports uniforms and other clothing  (it’s never a huge load) – I always use Napisan Oxyaction when washing whites, clothes always stay a crisp bright white.  I also use Napisan to soak stains out of clothes, works every time!

Darks – school uniforms, work clothes, my son and I tend to wear a lot of dark clothes, so I have to schedule in several dark washes each week.  Each child only has 3 school uniforms, so I ensure I wash darks on a Wednesday so kids have enough uniforms for the rest of the week.

Colours – I wash coloured clothes once a week as the kids stay in their uniforms after school so it’s really the clothes the kids wear on the weekend and hubby and I throughout the week, which altogether is one load.

Other – Tea towels, face washers and tablecloths.  I wash each of these items weekly.

Sheets – I don’t pile these up in the laundry.  I wash all bed sheets on a Friday, strip the beds that day wash sheets, dry them and they go straight back onto the beds.  This is usually 2 loads of washing.

Towels – Again these don’t pile up in the laundry I take them from the rails in the bathroom, place straight into the washer.

2. Create a washing schedule to suit you

This is my washing schedule:

Monday – Colours
Tuesday – tablecloths, tea towels, washers, mop heads
Wednesday– Darks, usually 2 loads
Thursday – Towels
Friday – Sheets
Saturday – Darks and Whites
Sunday – DAY OFF!

Having a laundry schedule may not be for some (a bit regimented), but it suits me to make sure the kids always have clean school uniforms.  Find laundry schedule prints in my shop here, personalised charts are also available here.

Laundry Wall Art & Schedule - Design 1

3. Determine a time to start washing

My mornings are usually busy getting the kids ready for school.  If i can I find it easier to put the washing on the line the evening before (except sheets as I like to wash and put straight back on beds).  I usually put the washing on around 4pm and hang out on the line just before dinner.  I find that it is dry by 9am the next day.

Do you have a laundry schedule?

Please share your schedule as it may help others with creating one to suit their household.

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Julia K April 7, 2015 - 7:55 AM

I too find it easier to put a load of washing on at night. I prefer to hang it out in the morning though as we sometimes get bats flying over which can leave nasty stains on my lovely clean washing !
I hang the washing out first thing in the morning and bring it in during the day for folding / ironing before the kids come home from school.
I loathe having piles of washing lying around (clean or dirty).
I have two large drawers in my laundry for dirty clothes – top for lights – bottom for darks.

Cherie February 9, 2020 - 11:11 AM

I have 4 kids under 6. I have so so much washing to do … sorting and waiting to do washing does not work … plus the stink. I absolutely do washing at night and hang on the morning (obviously sort colours etc). Less on power to do at night too. Always hang clothes to iron on a coat hanger, when you bring in just hang straight onto a portable hanger ready for iorning. I always strip beds and make straight away with fresh sheets, with 5 beds to make I do this in one day.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 11, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Sounds like you have your laundry down pat Cherie! Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

Maudy McGee April 8, 2015 - 2:43 PM

I *need* a schedule of sorts. Because I work full time out of home, I mostly wash on the weekend. When I had a magical cleaning fairy, she would put a load on when she left. This one mid-week load made such a difference to washing on the weekend. But do you think I can get myself organised enough to do it myself? That would be a no! (Also, himself has a really dirty job at the moment, and I wash two days worth of work clothes every second night. Wonders why I don’t just do a family load on the in-between night?)

I wash sheets every second week and doona covers every fourth week, and right now, I am confused as to who needs what washed! We have one single, one double, one queen and one king and I’m trying to work out a schedule that means everyone gets clean sheets and I don’t have all four beds worth to wash at once.

Kyla April 8, 2015 - 3:18 PM

I try to hang out washing as soon as it finishes to minimise ironing. I am wondering if there are any tricks to getting wrinkles out when I forget and leave it in the machine (apart from ironing!)

Margie April 13, 2015 - 1:42 PM

I’ve heard popping a few ice blocks in with the wrinkled clothes in the dryer and letting it run for about 15 mins helps get rid of the wrinkles. However, yet to try this myself….

Jane April 14, 2015 - 3:51 PM

Hi Kyla,

My Mum was overseas recently and mentioned that the only washing she did was hand washing in the sink and hanging clothes out on an airer overnight. Because the clothes were much wetter than normal, the wrinkles ‘fell’ out as the item was drying.
When I don’t get to my clothes straight away, I just re wet the item that would need ironing in cold water, wring out a little of the excess and hang it on the line sopping wet. It may not get all wrinkles out, but I’ve found most come out quite well.

Kyla April 14, 2015 - 3:54 PM

Thanks – I’ll have a go at doing that next time I forget and leave the washing in the machine ????

Danielle Cook April 9, 2015 - 3:09 AM

How do you get away with washing towels only once a week ? My house of 4 means I could be washing towels every day!

Kelly April 10, 2015 - 11:25 AM

My husband grew up with the towel schedule of have a shower and throw it in the basket… I was like NO WAY!! You have a shower and you hang it up straight away. We’ve been together for 9 years and married for 6 and at first he didn’t like it but I made him take over washing for a couple of weeks and be soon saw why you hang the towel back up!!!

Kelly April 10, 2015 - 11:31 AM

My schedule is – washing is on a Monday. It means that all the clothes from Thursday-sunday get washed.
I strip beds once a fortnight for our bed and my sons every week (he’s 2) as I do his daycare sheets once a week too. I replace all the towels and do a load. I do most clothes on a Monday as I either bring them in same afternoon or bring them in on Tuesday – fold them by Tuesday night to then have all my husbands work clothes ready for ironing lady who I get once a fortnight (I HATE ironing) I do a small load on Thursday and that usually stays in the basket dried till it gets folded with Monday’s stuff the following week! I try to be organised but I do hate folding/putting away and ironing! And that it seems never ending 🙁

Cowan Rachel February 8, 2022 - 9:55 AM

My sister hoses down large bed spreads on the clothes line and they drip dry no ironing needed! Thinking this could be done with tricky ironing outfits!

Belinda April 10, 2015 - 11:57 AM

As a fulltime working mum, often random evenings/weekends, I ensure our washing is always at least clean and dry. I keep it to fold as a family to grow independant boys. Towels go on a hook after showering and get washed weekly. I do your trick of washing bedlinen on a day off, sometimes pushing out to fortnightly. I wash most nights when the basket has a full-load, hang up on an airer overnight, or put through the drier on rainy days as space is limited, then place flat in large basket for future folding and to avoid ironing. White is only in our home as a gift by someone who doesn’t have boys or do the washing 🙂

Natasha April 10, 2015 - 2:58 PM

I have a 3 sorter laundry basket – whites, darks and colours, which everything except bedding goes into. Once the pile/s reach a certain level I pop it on to wash in the evening and set the timer so it’s finished when I get up in the morning to hang out. Same as you I also wash the bedding (3 singles, 1 king size) separately first thing to get it straight back on the bed (nothing better than slipping into freshly laundered sheets ????

Nicole April 11, 2015 - 5:12 PM

Wow, everyone else seems to need to do a lot more washing than I do. I’ve got a husband and three kids and I do three loads of washing most Saturday mornings – one for towels, one for light clothes and one for dark clothes and gym gear. The washing machine is full with each load to save water, electricity, time and $$$. Every couple of weeks I do an extra load with the sheets. Everything gets folded and put away after its dry (usually Saturday night or Sunday). The kids have 3 school uniforms each and we can usually get 2 (sometimes 3) days wear out of each set so I don’t need to wash them mid week. Bath towels are used for the whole week and pool towels are hung up to dry and reused during the week too.

Sue April 11, 2015 - 8:07 PM

The laundry is my least scheduled chore, but it works fine. Whenever I remember…every 2-4 days I empty the laundry chute (everyone knows if it’s not in the chute it won’t get touched/assessed/picked up off the floor/washed/hung up EVER). I sort into loads (whites etc) and wash the largest load first. I may keep going until everything is done or just put back (in their sorted piles) into the chute until I feel like doing it again. I do sheets and towels as you do.

Paula April 20, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Well, this post inspired me! With three ‘young adult’ boys at home (20,22,24) all playing footy, working as ‘tradies’ and general boys dirty clothes, I was not looking forward to another winter of grimy work clothes, overflowing dirty washing baskets and filthy football socks. So, I brought a large stacking basket set, labelled each with their own basket, and handed over the responsibility of getting their washing done to them. Week 1 – one rescued shirt from the dirty pile that hadn’t been washed, a busy Saturday where everyone wanted to use the machine and most of all, a much less stressed mum and dad about ‘getting the washing done!’ Thanks Kat, inspiring as always 🙂

shannan June 1, 2016 - 11:09 PM

what a saint you’ve been Paula! looking after those grown up boys of yours!! i hope i’m as good a mum as you are! ( mine are 2.5 yrs and 8 months) (although perhaps by now (2016) you might have three girlfriends living with you as well!)

Tamara Foong April 21, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Katrina, your stacking set of wire shelves to place washing in has made such a difference in my life. There are less fights in my household now about people putting the wrong colours together and the kids like to place their clothes in the signed compartments. Thank you.

Robyn Amott June 24, 2016 - 1:10 PM

I love doing laundry – removing a number of steps makes it so time efficient

Renee Want June 24, 2016 - 11:16 PM

I’m desperately trying to organise my whole existence and an organised house sounds like a dream. These are great tips. I have older children now but somehow they manage to have more dirty clothes than clean. I work full time, leaving early and come home late so am exhausted to do any housework. I’m a hoarder and I need to declutter. Washing for me is find on s Saturday. That’s s day i pretty much wrote off as being dedicated to running around getting things done before the working week again. Any further tips are most welcome. Thanks for everything posted. ?

Renee Want June 24, 2016 - 11:32 PM

I’m desperately trying to organise my whole existence and an organised house sounds like a dream. These are great tips. I have older children now but somehow they manage to have more dirty clothes than clean. I work full time, leaving early and come home late so am exhausted to do any housework. I’m a hoarder and I need to declutter. Washing for me is find on s Saturday. That’s s day i pretty much wrote off as being dedicated to running around getting things done before the working week again. Any further tips are most welcome. Thanks for everything posted. ?

Melony Swenson January 10, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Nice. Thanks for sharing this laundry schedule.

Shasha March 23, 2017 - 11:50 AM

I have a very complicated laundry plan. I found myself spending lots of time in laundry. I cannot stand small stain in my children’s clothes. I spray and pre-treat all our underpants ( I feel this cleaner and better for the kids health), the white socks (16-20 pairs), small dirty stains in clothes . After that, I put them in the washing machine with other clothes that doesn’t need special treatment. When finished, I first separate them by tops, pants, underwear, socks and handkerchiefs, then I will put all the to tops and dresses on hangers first, next pants, underwear and handkerchiefs on clothes line or on air-racks, socks in sock rings and the rest in clothes line.
Friday morning, all white towels ( bath towel)
Friday afternoon/evening, wash swimming towels, pre-treat dark clothes (stains and underwears). Depends on weather, I sometimes wash them straigt after pre-treatment, sometimes set the”washing delay ” foundtion, wash them next morning; Napisan soak all white uniform and socks.
Sat , pre-treat coloured clothes
Sun , wash white unifor
Monday , sheets
Tuesday, hand wash items, soak bath mat, tea towel
Wednesday, wash bath mat and tea towel
Thursday, rest
It is rewarding to see my kids in shining white uniform, bu t sometimes, I think I spend toooooo much time in laundry, not have much time to sleep. The laundry room is right next to my light sleeper son’s room. sometimes I have to do laundry at night and hang them straight up, because my son was waking up by my water running sound in the monring.
Do you pre treat your underwears before you put them in the washing machine? I am thinking whether I am just too fussy, maybe I should skip some steps, so I can have more time to read and sleep.


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