Since we’ve been on the topic of cleaning this week, let’s talk laundry! I was thinking that laundry is a pretty good example of how an organization system can work…or fail miserably.
I’ve been asked a few times if I’ve got any tips on getting (and keeping) organized. I’m a pretty organized person, but by no means am I organized enough to say I’m a master. So, while I don’t really have a whole lot of specific tips ready to share on organization I can tell you how to never lose another sock!
I’ve been using this method for awhile now and so far I’ve only lost socks I wanted to lose.
Keeping my clothing organized is key. Trust me, there is a connection between never losing a sock and getting organized. Hopefully an obvious one, but even if you can’t see it, at least you’ll know where your socks are.
h3. How To Keep Track of Your Socks
# Go through (and eventually wash) all of your dirty laundry at least once a week.
# Seperate out all of your socks.
# Seperate out all of your under garments.
# Seperate out any towels or washcloths.
# Seperate out any clothes you don’t think you’ll be wearing any time soon.
# Repeat steps 2-5. Just to double check you’ve sorted everything properly.
# Wash your towels, socks and skivvies. Put them away in drawers that are seperated from your “regular” clothes.
# Wash the clothes you don’t think you’ll be wearing any time soon. Store them, or put them in a bag for donation. Keep an eye out for loose socks.
# Wash everything else. Fold neatly and put away or hang as appropriate. Keep an eye out for wayward socks.
# Look under, behind and around your washing machine and dryer. Again, looking out for socks.
# If you happen to come across a lone sock at any time during the week, do not put it back in to your laundry! Stray socks need to be quarantined until their match can be found. Failure to do this will result in confusion and more lost socks. Trust me on this.
This might seem cumbersome, but it usually takes me about 10 minutes or so, not counting the actual washing time. It’s hardest when I’ve got to do laundry several times a week. Usually what I do then is what I can “special” loads of combined items. I try and keep my socks out of those.
I think this process works for keeping track of other things as well, but don’t quote me on that. ;)