How much time do you spend folding laundry?

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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:30:08 PM
This is clearly a burning question and not a method of procrastinating actually folding my laundry...

We are a family of five. I do between 7 and 10 loads of laundry a week, and as many as 15 on a bad week. I estimate I spend 2 and a half hours folding laundry per week.

Just curious.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:32:54 PM
We don't fold laundry. We have bins in our laundry room that the clean laundry gets tossed into:

* My undies
* My socks
* My tees
* My jeans
* Bath towels
* Smaller towels

Repeat, with a bin for each of DH's things.

Work clothes are hung.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:33:03 PM
Weekly? Im guessing maybe an hour or hour and a half.

I do about 10 loads per week and it doesn't take long to fold it.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:35:45 PM
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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:35:52 PM
Wow. That comes out to a lot of time per load!

I fold as they finish drying. It takes maybe 5 minutes per load, if that.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:48:05 PM
It depends on how I am feeling. Have Fibromyalgia & it does a number on me at times.

If I'm not doing well, only the items that need folded are done...that is shirts and jeans/pants. If I'm really bad, they get laid out flat on the table for later.

Everything else can be left in baskets.

If I'm doing well, probably about 2 hours to fold everything.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:49:58 PM
2-3 hours

This is timely because I just mentioned to my children how nice it was that they folded their clothes before putting them in the hamper/hallway to be washed.

They were both dumbfounded, "I don't fold my dirty clothes."

Of course not, they just toss the clean folded clothes they didn't put away back into the laundry.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 11:10:26 PM
I do about 10 loads a week and spend about an hour folding every week. Maybe a little bit more. I hang dry a ton of our clothes though so between hanging and folding I'd guess about 2 hours. I loathe laundry.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 11:13:16 PM
We are a family of five with three active boys, I think I do about 4 loads of laundry and spend a hour folding.

I only wash clothing that is visibly dirty or smelly. If pants are thrown on the floor but look clean they go back in the drawer. We reuse towels multiple times and change sheets about once every 2-3 weeks however I change pillow cases every few days as that is what in my opinion gets dirty quickly.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 11:14:31 PM
I am not sure, but it seems like I am ALWAYS doing it, I detest putting laundry away--don't mind folding so much, but not the put away part. It takes me forever as my OCD kicks in and all things have to be lined up in drawers and hanging just so or I pull everything out and re-do it--the closet or drawer. Maybe that is why I think it takes so long to 'put laundry away' it is the other OCD crap, LOL


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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:10:09 AM
Not much, actually. DS does his own laundry...he'll let it build up and then do 5 loads! I put mine away right as it comes out of the dryer...dress clothes get hung, socks paired up, a few towels and I'm done. When I'm home on Friday nights, I do all of my work clothes, so they're ready to go for Monday.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:28:39 AM
I've never actually kept track, but I'd guess 2 hours or so. I do at least 15 full loads of laundry a week.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:13:14 AM
This is so funny, I was looking on yours tube on how to organize drawers and ai comment was left about 5 minute shirt folding. Man learning thandl took me mohhre time than folding normal. I am a little ocd on folding. I like towels a certain way, etc. only to have it tossed in drawers. This is also my "mommy time" I will go in the bedroom and watch tv while folding, so never thought of it as a time thing before. Just luxury time for me, because no one wants to jump in and fold unless something they want to watch too.

Showed the video to 13 ds. "Why do you need to know how to fold faster its not like you have a dozen kids"

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:15:55 AM
None. I made that a chore that the kids do each week. Depending on the week, they fold 2 or three baskets of clothes each.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:21:26 AM
Everything at our house gets hung up, we only sort socks and underwear, and we fold pajama bottoms.

With our family of 4, weekly I do a load of jeans, a load of darks, a load of whites, a load of colors, a load of towels and two loads of sheets.

The sheets go right back on the bed they came from- I hate storing linens. Towels take maybe 15 minutes to fold and put away. Sorting/folding per week- maybe 30 minutes. Ironing- another 30-40 minutes or so (DH's work shirts).

Occasionally, of course you have to add in a load of bathroom rugs, the kitchen runner, and some odds and ends. I actually don't mind doing laundry; my favorite weekly thing is seeing all the baskets empty and ready for more. Gives me a sense of accomplishment.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:25:56 AM
I fold as I go, so probably about 5 minutes a load. I wash the socks and underwear separate and that basket is probably about 15 minutes.

I do laundry on Mondays, sheets and towels on Tuesdays. Probably 12-15 loads a week. Sometimes I'll do another load during the week if the kids have two games/meets that week. We do hang most shirts and pants. I turn everything right side out and put pants together ready to hang and then everyone hands their own stuff. That's probably about 5-10 minutes tops.

I never really thought about how much time it takes, because the job is broken up into 5-10 minute jobs.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:24:00 PM
We are just 2 adults. I do 3-4 loads of laundry every 7-10 days. It takes me about 15-20 minutes to fold the clothes.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:35:59 PM
I'd say it takes about 3 minutes per load of laundry. I do about 12 loads of laundry a week. Probably more.

We hang almost all of our clothes. And the ones that do get folded just don't take very long. Towels I fold while I watch tv, but that doesn't take very long, either.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:38:11 PM
I fold/put away each load as it comes out of the dryer. Maybe 5-10 minutes per load if I have underwear to fold and socks to match. Just a few minutes per load, not a big deal at all. I can also unload my dishwasher in under 5 minutes. I keep a very simple kitchen and don't like things stacked, ect.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:08:09 PM
About five minutes. That's all it takes to fold the few pieces of my clothing that get folded. (Almost all of my clothes are hung. I just toss my underwear and pjs into the drawer any which way because I just don't care. Socks get rolled and tossed into a drawer too.)

While I wash and dry the clothes, everyone in this household is responsible for their own clothes after they come out of the dryer. This rule grew from the fact that my dh is very picky about his clothes are folded (and I'm not dealing with it) and from my preference to teach my dd to carry her own weight in this household. She's been folding her own clothes since the age of 5.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:10:15 PM
Nothing like two and a half hours!! My daughters have left home now but even when they were home I couldn't make it take that long! Are you a perfectionist by any chance?

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:24:46 PM
DH does a majority of the laundry. I'm going to have to start paying attention to how many loads we do a week. I don't think it is 15, even though there are six of us. We do have a large capacity washing machine/dryer, though (the biggest they had).

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:30:29 PM
I don't. I collect, I wash, I dry, I take out of the dryer. DH and the kids are supposed to do the rest. It takes them about a week and by then I've washed, dried and added back onto to the pile... It's a vicious cycle but I hate folding and sorting laundry...

ETA: I wash and dry 22-24 loads of laundry a month. I kept track for a few months last year. We are a family of 5.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:30:58 PM
There are 6 of us. We do at least 10 loads a week. Most of our clothes are stored in dressers, so the majority of them get folded. I'd say I probably average 1-1.5 hours a week just with the folding.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:30:59 PM
Does no-one iron???
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:35:37 PM
Family of six; depending on the week, either too much or not enough.

I do a load or two a day, so I never thought about what it totals up to. My oldest does her own laundry now, so that definitely cuts down on it.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:35:54 PM
Every minute of "spare time",
it feels like! As soon as it's done, there's more... UGH
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:36:10 PM

Does no-one iron???

I iron clothes as we get them out to wear them (if they need it), not before I put them away.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:38:35 PM
None. DH does all of the laundry. He washes, irons, & folds & puts the clothes up. He has a very stressful job & he says doing laundry while watching sports on tv is his form of relaxation.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:40:42 PM
I iron about twice a month. DH has his shirts and suits dry cleaned, so it's only my clothes that need ironing. I just hang them separately until I have a good collection, then I do it all at once.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:44:06 PM

We are a family of five. I do between 7 and 10 loads of laundry a week, and as many as 15 on a bad week. I estimate I spend 2 and a half hours folding laundry per week.

Do you either wear a LOT of clothes or have really small machines?? We are a family of 4. DD15 does all her own laundry (ETA I would say she does 2 large loads per week). I do 3-4 loads each weekend in my front loaders (large capacity - whites, mediums, darks, towels), and spend maybe about 30-40 minutes folding altogether. I fold each load as it comes out of the dryer. I iron only my work clothes each Sunday - takes about a half hour.

I will say that DS13 re/wears a uniform to school so he doesn't go through a whole new outfit every day. DH dresses casually for work and will wear the same jeans a couple times. I don't always wash my dress pants after each wearing to work. We use towels 2x before washing.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:47:18 PM
Family of 6.. I just finished folding 4 loads of laundry... 10 minutes. Course the socks and underwear to Into a giant bag to be dealt with later... Still have 2 loads in washer/ dryer. So 6 loads today. Probably do 12-15 loads a week. But I have 2 small kids 4 and under who change a few times a day because they got food or dirt or something on themselves. ... I. This house the putting away is the time consuming activity!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:48:07 PM
I fold and hang as I take things out of the dryer.

I didn't used to do it this way and would end up with baskets of unfolded laundry where everything was a wrinkled mess.

Last year in my quest to get organized I started this new approach and it has changed my life! I NEVER have piles of laundry sitting around and everyone always knows where their clothes are. There is no more, "I can't find the pair of jeans that I'm looking for." or "Where is suchandsuch shirt?"

And because laundry doesn't seem near as overwhelming now, I am almost always caught up on my laundry by doing a load every day of the week. I don't usually do any over the weekend unless there is something we specifically need, so Monday or Tuesday I have two or three loads.

It takes 5 minutes to fold and put away a load of laundry.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:53:28 PM

Do you either wear a LOT of clothes or have really small machines??

I wash a load of towels every other day = 3 loads
Beds once a week = 4 loads
Clothes = 10 loads -
Divided into loads by color as follows:
Blues and greens
White with color
DH's yard clothes


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:59:38 PM
I also fold mine as I take it out of the dryer.
There is a rare occasion that it will not get folded immediately, but it usually is. I hate the way clothes look when they're all wrinkled up from sitting there before getting folded or hung!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:27:22 PM
We are a family of 8 and I do between 15-20 loads a week. I don't fold clothes. I take them out of the dryer lay them nicely (like pants are creased properly etc) and separate it into rooms and the kids fold and put away their own clothes. Takes me about 10 mins per load and the kids about 30 mins to put everything away.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:18:59 PM
We are a family of 6- 4 adults, a teen and an older child, I do 6-8 loads a week and fold as I go. It takes about 5 minutes to fold a basket of laundry.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:23:07 PM

Does no-one iron???
I iron clothes before they are worn. I can't see wasting my time ironing clothes for them to get smushed in the closet and then need a second ironing when they are chosen for wear.

When I was a kid, we ironed our clothes when they came out of the dryer or off the line. It was not a problem as I only owned five shirts, my sister ten, my father 3 and my mother 8 shirts -- all in separate closets -- so there was no danger of them getting smushed in the closet.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:24:53 PM

Wow. That comes out to a lot of time per load!

I fold as they finish drying. It takes maybe 5 minutes per load, if that.

Same here. It doesn't take long at all. I do maybe two loads a week.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:25:43 PM
It seems likei fold laundry way too much

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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:29:10 PM
I do laundry, on average, once a day so that's 7 per week. It takes me about 5 minutes to fold a load. So 35 minutes sounds right.
Putting it away, that's a different story. Depends on what's in the basket. Clothes are quick, socks and underwear take time.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:34:31 PM
Family of 5 also and we do 4-5 loads a week. I wash and dry them all one Monday. I dump them all on the couch. By Tuesday morning they are all folded and by the afternoon they are put away or hung. Takes about 30 min to fold. Then im done with laundry for the week.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:40:38 PM
I don't do the laundry in our house, dh does. Dd does her own laundry, she doesn't want dad touching her undies

Does no-one iron???

Yes, I do iron my own clothes. Dh doesn't do a very good job of folding so I iron when needed. Usually 4 times a week just before I get dressed.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:54:21 PM
I'm single and do 1 load most weeks with a second load every few weeks. I try to spend as little time folding as possible! Most of my clothes get Hung up.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:55:02 PM
Family of 4: 13 loads per week, sometimes more. I gave up folding anything besides my work clothes and towels. If we all have clean clothes to wear, I've done what I can. Working full time with a commute doesn't aid in my homemaking abilities.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:59:21 PM
I remember when I was a kid, it seemed like I spent every single afternoon after school folding laundry. My mom worked full time and we used cloth diapers for 2 babies plus all the other laundry. You'd think I'd hate it but as a teen I preferred being in the basement alone with the radio doing the family laundry than any other chore.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:03:37 PM
Very little because my dd's usually get the clothes out of the dryer as soon as they're done drying and start folding them. They like helping with laundry.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 2:15:19 PM
I do about 15 loads a week though often more.
I don't spend too much time folding. Maybe 5 minutes per load.
Ironing though, now that takes time
I don't have an ironing board so I hate ironing and the time it takes. And I do a lot of ironing

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Posted: 1/22/2013 2:41:35 PM
I'm not sure. I'm not anal about it being perfectly folded. So not much time.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 2:56:24 PM
I could start and never ever stop; there is laundry to be folded every minute of every day.

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