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How Folding Laundry makes my Business Profitable

This post is a little personal since it does involve talking about socks, undershirts and how I hang things in my closest. However, how I do laundry effects so much of my business, marriage, and life in general I thought I would get into it a bit since it might be helpful for someone out there.

When clothes are dirty, I put them in the hamper and wait until it gets just to the top, and I have exactly two loads of laundry before I put them in the washer. I do one load of whites, and one darks. When the clothes are all clean, I will put them in one basket and bring them into the bedroom. I set them on a small table near the end of our bed. I then proceed to pull things out of the basket one at a time and toss them into piles in different areas on the bed. Each pile represents one drawer in my dresser. So there is a sock pile, an underclothes pile, a t-shirt pile, a pants pile, etc. The pants and outer garments I fold as I pick them up. Clothes that need to be hung in the closet all get laid in one pile with the end that will go on the hanger up. I don’t fold undergarments or other clothes that don’t get wrinkles.

When all the piles are done, I grab them one at a time and put them in the correct drawer. I then count the number of closet items and get the appropriate amount of hangers out of the closet. As I put each of the items on a hanger, I lay them back on the bed in piles based on which rack in the closet they go on (e.g. pants, casual shirts, dress shirts, vests, etc.). When I finish, I again grab one pile at a time and put it on the appropriate rack.

At this point, I’m sure you might be asking “How all this useless information actually help my business?”. Well here it is. One of the keys to a successful business (especially a photography one) is to maximize efficiency. As I fold the clothes, each dresser drawer gets opened once. I only need to walk from the bed to the closet a minimum amount of times (not once for each item). It might be gratifying to fold your socks and undies, but does it really matter and is it worth that extra 10 minutes?

My total time per week for laundry from start to finish is under 20 minutes. You might say, “big deal, it only takes me an hour”. Well, it is a big deal, because that extra 40 minutes a week calculates out to over four eight-hour work days yearly that you are spending on laundry. Multiply all the other areas both in your business and personal life that you might not be working to your maximum efficiency, and you could literally use all that time and take a month off work (I’ve done it).

My motto has always been:

All said, this is kind of a starter to few other posts I want to do on ways we have streamlined our life and business to find maximum efficiency wherever possible! I hope they will be helpful! Comments are welcome!

November 2, 2011 - 8:32 am

Haley - i do my laundry the same way! :)

November 2, 2011 - 12:10 pm

estella - this absolutely makes sense to me!! i try to apply this with cooking/kitchen work. folding laundry is a nemesis…perhaps i will try employing some of your principles

November 2, 2011 - 12:43 pm

Yuliya M. - Thanks so much Lukas, I love posts like these. Just have to apply the principle now ;)

November 2, 2011 - 12:43 pm

melissa pidal - ok just wait until you have kids :) your 20 minutes of laundry will definitely grow!! love the efficiency though; that is a great goal for all of us to have!!

November 2, 2011 - 2:02 pm

matt.h - haha nice. this is pretty similar to what i do. a few months ago i donated the myriad of socks i had and bought ~15 pairs of identical white socks and ~15 pairs of identical black socks. makes life easy because i never have to match socks again (well, just color) =]

November 2, 2011 - 10:52 pm

Alia Rolley - This totally made me laugh. My laundry life is crazy…Melissa is right. Just wait until you have kids ;)

It is true though about photography. I am trying to streamline my editing process. I just KNOW I’m wasting time, but I don’t know how to resolve it yet. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

November 3, 2011 - 8:10 pm

Anneke - This makes me consider doing laundry.

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