This New And Improved Laundry Routine Works With Your Life
// This post is sponsored by Samsung for their FlexWash + FlexDry duo, a revolutionary new laundry system. All opinions and naughty children are my own. Thank you for always being so kind + supportive of the sponsors that keep Petit Elefant running. //
NORMAL LAUNDRY ROUTINE?
An average day at my house is never average. In fact, the only thing I can ever guarantee with my family life, day-to-day, is that we wake up in the morning, do what we need to do in our day, and at some point we go to bed. How, what, and where we eat varies. Where we are in the world at any given time varies. Which extracurricular and family activities we’re currently participating in varies.
Basically, what I’m saying is that no two days are ever alike for my family. There are so many cool things about that, like creating cool memories on the fly, and being involved with lots of interesting activities at school and in the community. Outside of a few things like work, swim and orchestra practices, we aren’t really tied to a specific schedule. We spend more time hanging out with each other, wherever we are, than we do working on specific household tasks.
I usually only worry about consistency when I need to catch up on everyday life, like hanging out to watch TV like normal people do on a weeknight. But I’m not even joking a little when I tell you sometimes I yearn for a consistent laundry routine done on: laundry day.
Do you know what I’m talking about when I say “laundry day”?
Let me explain.
When I was a kid growing up in Utah the 1970’s and 80’s there were a lot of stay-at-home moms in my neighborhood, and almost all of them had designated days for different household chores. Mondays were for grocery shopping and a specific, carefully orchestrated laundry routine, Tuesdays were for bathrooms and floors, Wednesdays for dusting, and on it went. (By the way, Saturdays were always for lawn mowing and gardening in the warmer months, and household repairs in the winter.) Sports and extracurriculars were usually only on the weekend. There was such a consistency in household schedules, I could clock what any family in the neighborhood was doing by just looking at my watch. Noon? So-and-so was feeding her kids lunch. 1:00 pm? Bathroom cleaning number two was just finishing up two doors down. I never ever showed up at anyone’s house at 5:00 pm because no one could play in the late afternoon. At 5:00 pm moms were hurrying to get the house cleaned up and dinner on the stove, before the dads came home from work at 6:00 pm.
These homes operated with military precision, year in, year out.
MY LAUNDRY ROUTINE
Times have changed. My home for example, runs a litttttle bit differently than the homes of my neighbors growing up. I try to have family dinner together at home on a somewhat regular basis, when we’re under one roof at the same time, but that varies day-to-day. And other than a sometimes regular dinnertime my days are so different than the families I knew as a kid. I just don’t have time in my life to have a designated day to do laundry in the week. I wish I did but my life is bonkers, so my family and I do laundry as it comes at us.
If there’s a swim meet for one or both kids during the week, someone might be washing warm-up sweats, clean socks, and a swim parka on a Tuesday night. If there’s an orchestra performance, some variation of an all-black dress outfit will find its way to the laundry room before Friday. Add a high school dance to the mix? That’s at least two loads of random clothes in the laundry. Add a camping trip with the Scouts or a Saturday afternoon motorcycle ride, and that’s three more loads of laundry.
If we’re getting ready to head out for a big trip like the one we just took to Paris and Barcelona, or we’re just coming home from one, baskets of dirty laundry accumulate and multiply in the laundry room by the hour.
WHAT’S YOUR LAUNDRY ROUTINE?
If you’ve ever done laundry in your life, (of course you have) you know you’re never just washing all white socks or a a load of just dark t-shirts. There’s always a “line dry only” dress in the mix, or a swim backpack that can be washed but not tumble dried. Or your version of a swim backpack, anyway. We all have delicates that need to be hand washed, or washed separately in a small mesh bag without any other clothes in the machine at the same time. But who has time for that? A handful of times I’ve even been desperate enough to get everything done at the same time, (packing for a trip, anyone?) that I’ve hauled 8 loads of laundry to the laundromat down the street, just to save time. Which is bonkers, (just F.Y.I.) when I have my own washer and dryer at home, but sometimes we do what we’ve gotta do to get through the day and out the door.
NEW LAUNDRY ROUTINE
But here’s something that could change all this laundry ballet: Samsung has created a washer/dryer duo called the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry. The FlexWash has two washers built in and the FlexDry has two dryers. What? No, seriously. Here’s how it works: if you need to wash two separate loads of laundry, you can do them both at the same time in the FlexWash.
Remember the delicates I talked about? If I needed to gently wash a swim backpack (it’s “delicate”) and also a load of t-shirts, I could do them at the same time. The swim backpack would go in the smaller top compartment of the FlexWash for a gentle wash, and the tees would go in the bigger front compartment to be washed like normal. Then, when it’s time to dry, I would put the swim backpack in the top of the FlexDry for a non-spin, gentle dry, and the tees would go in the bottom to dry like a regular laundry load. The difference is that two loads of washing and two loads of drying happen simultaneously, so you can do four loads at the same time instead of two.
MIND. BLOWN. right?
We have a really busy, active, full family life and these machines would change our laundry world. I can only imagine what my life would’ve been like during my children’s baby and toddler years if I’d had a FlexWash + FlexDry at home. I might’ve even had time for a shower once in awhile.
What would you do with a Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry? I really want to know. Who does the laundry at your house? Do you have a designated laundry day? Maybe you can teach me your beautiful laundry ways.