I can almost hear a collective “OMG” as I write this post, but there really is method to my madness. And here it is. When hanging out laundry on the clothesline, I assign each line to a different type of laundry. This way, when bringing in laundry from the clothesline it can be dumped into the laundry basket roughly in order to correspond with the storage inside the house…this virtually eliminates the folding and sorting phase that would usually occur between bringing washing in and putting it away. It also means that when I need to make a quick dash for a clean pair of socks I know where to get them right away.
So roughly the lines go like this:
- line 1 = socks (hung by the toes, side by side in pairs) and underwear. This is the side against the house wall so these items are most hidden from the neighbours…
- line 2 = bibs (i have heaps)
- line 3 = teatowels and kitchen things
- line 4 = kid clothes
- line 5 = baby clothes (all bodysuits together, all tights together, all pants together)
- lines 6 and 7 = other linen (sheets, pillowcases, towels)
When bringing it all in again I leave the kitchen things and bibs til last, since the kitchen is the first place I pass once back inside – the things can be quickly put away before plodding on to distribute the rest. So there it is, how the laundry lines save time.
Here are the babies in the laundry basket, in the bathtub: