Well hello again! This week’s post is something that I know every student athlete struggles with, but I think everyone in general will be able to relate to. Every week your list piles up of things you have to do or what you need to get done. As the schoolwork and stress piles up, so does your dirty laundry. It seems like such a hassle to sort through your dirty clothes, wash them, then dry them and then…. the worst of all, having to fold them all and put them away.
So, this week I am going to give you 7 ways to manage that overwhelming mountain of laundry staring at you and saying that you will never have clean clothes again!
- Don’t try to do it all at once
Your clothes aren’t going to run away. If you put them in the washer you don’t have to take them out immediately, you’ve got a little bit of time. Put your first load in the washer before you go to practice, when you get home switch that load to the dryer and put the next load in the washer while you’re making dinner. This way you don’t have to just wait around for them; you can be washing your clothes while practicing.
- Have your roommate help you out
Be smart and become close with the people you live with. I made the very wise decision of rooming with one of my best friends. Now, whenever I am running late to class and I forget to move my laundry to the dryer… I am a simple text away from having it moved for me.
- Pick a day and plan to do laundry that day every week
What’s the lightest day of your week? Pick that day and plan to do all of your laundry on that day every week. It is a lot easier if you have a scheduled laundry day. It also helps planning your outfits for the week if you know when you are going to have all of your clothes clean again.
- Make sure your laundry day is not the same as your roommates’
It is quite a struggle when you have planned to do laundry then you go to put your first load in and your roommate’s clothes are just started to get clean. To make things easier, just tell your roommate what day you plan to do laundry so you can avoid this horrible inconvenience.
- Fold your clothes immediately
This is one of the most important ways to manage that pile of laundry. I am the worst at this but it is extremely helpful. It is a very simple concept but harder to accomplish. All you have to do is fold your clothes immediately when you take them out of the dryer. Then you’re done. You can relax and enjoy your clean clothes.
- Always have a back up outfit (just in case)
Okay, let’s be real, there are always those weeks where you simply don’t have time or you just forget to do your laundry. It’s never a bad idea to have a spare outfit just in case.
Well, I hope these are helpful for you as you try to manage all of your dirty clothes.
Until next time,
Stay strong and keep working hard, athletes,