Have you ever heard “trying to fold laundry around a toddler is like trying to stack papers on a desk with a fan blowing on it” ? It’s a great exercise in futility. It’s like a row of lined up dominoes or a stack of blocks. Something in them just has to knock it down. (Result of The Fall?)
Like I warned an older child who wanted to play blocks when my daughter was less than 1, “Don’t get too attached, she will wreck your masterpiece;” if I fold it they will come.
I needed to find a better way.
A smarter, faster, better way.
The task-et, the basket…
Set the scene…
I now fold standing up not sitting down, making me fold faster already.
How great is this couch?! Had it for years and never used its fine flat edges as a perfect folding platform until recently.
My mental map of where the piles go by destination…
Remove every item and place in piles by owner/destination. It’s like setting a table. (Actually, folding on a table, around a taller bed, or right on on the kitchen counter would all make a good alternative if you can’t stand behind a couch.)
They don’t mess with the piles, oddly enough. It’s only the folded stacks that make them go all Hulk Smash.
Now the basket is already empty. This may be a placebo effect, but I feel accomplished just by seeing the bottom, even before folding.
I carry away the kitchen pile and fold the items right on the counter and put them away. Everything in drawers is stacked vertically now since Marie Kondo’s book.
Actually, just read this and get the basics…http://becomingpeculiar.com/the-life-changing-magic-of-konmari-folding-why-and-how-you-should-fold-everything-vertically/
In order to rotate wear I stock my newly laundered items in the back and pull from the front.
Back to the couch and I fold each pile and put it away one destination at a time.
By using the couch I can fold vertically and stack right up against the backrest.
Looking like Gus from Cinderella with too large a stack of food.
I still rubberband the pjs!
And stock them from the back.
When I sat and folded it took a lot of motivation to stand back up and put it all away. It also made my back ache. Now when I’m done folding I’m basically finished putting it all away and a body in motion stays in motion.
I love my new folding system. As my kids get older I’m already planning on having them fold their own pile.
How about you? Does folding and putting away clothes get lost in your home? Are my kids the only ones that enjoy throwing folded clothes?