mount laundry

We get our water from a nearby river, and a couple of weeks ago the line had a leak, which happens occasionally. They had to shut the water off to fix it, so we had to rely on the water in our cistern for a few days (which we also share with my aunt and uncle down the road.) That put us in serious conservation mode, so I skipped doing laundry that week. The next week, when our cistern filled up again, I had Mount Laundry on my hands.

While I would like to say I'm one of those people who folds the clothes right out of the dryer and puts them away, I am not. I wash the whole lot, then sit down in front of a movie and fold them all later. This time I was out of laundry baskets to hold all the clean clothes, so I improvised:

Yes, we filled this ENTIRE play yard with clean clothes.

This had me wondering if there would me a more efficient way to do the laundry. I know some people like to do a little bit everyday, but I am an all-at-oncer. I keep a laundry hamper in each bedroom, and on laundry day I retrieve them and sort them by color. That way I have full loads of each color.

I am intrigued with the idea of throwing a load in every morning, though. If I did that I would probably make everyone deposit their dirty clothes in the laundry room every day instead of in the hampers in their rooms. Then I could just tackle the color that was the most full that day. How do you do your laundry? Do you have any great systems that work for you?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some clothes to fold.