Small wins are essential in keeping motivation high. That’s why the Debt Snowball, where you attack the smallest debt first regardless of interest rate, seems to provide better results than the mathematically more efficient way of paying off high interest loans first. The small, frequent wins are better to keep you on track and feel the momentum. Now, let’s see if we can apply that to… laundry!
With a family of four, our laundry basket is constantly challenged by piles of dirty laundry. Several times a week, I run the washing machine multiple times to get through the content of the basket. The clothes will be hung to dry or put in the dryer. Having spent a long time sorting, washing and hanging, we often seem to run out of energy when it comes to folding the laundry and getting it back into the drawers.
We often end up with heaps of clean clothes ready to be folded while the laundry basket is being filled with yet another bunch of dirty laundry. Piles of clothes can be seen anywhere, leaving us with a feeling of guilt for not completing all of it at once. We never seem to catch up and beat the laundry monster.
Beating the Laundry Monster with small wins
So, let’s try to combine the ideas of small wins as seen in the debt snowball with the ongoing task of keeping our clothes ready to wear. Here is how my ‘Small Wins Laundry Plan’ looks like:
- We will only run the washer once every day. No second runs are allowed at any time.
- The daily batch must be hung to dry or put in the dryer immediately after the washing cycle has finished
- The dry clothes must be folded and put back into drawers and closets before the end of the day. If for some reason it hasn’t dried completely, no new laundry must be washed the next day until the first lot is folded and put away.
That’s it. Nothing more than that. One wash, completed from start to finish in one day. No piece of laundry will stay the night in a pile waiting to be folded, ironed or anything else. The only pile will be in the laundry basket, out of sight, waiting to be washed in one of the upcoming days.
Will this work?
I am certain this will work from a motivational perspective. We will be able to end the day with no laundry to be seen and all clean clothes tugged away in closets and drawers.
I will keep you updated on this project in the upcoming weeks and months.
Let me know how you keep up with your laundry – small batches to stay motived or whole days spent doing the laundry?