Laundry is one chore, that as a fairly organized person, I am always behind on. I feel your pain. It is hard to keep up with the laundry if you live with other people and find yourself doing laundry for everyone in the house. These are the best tips that have worked for me over the years, but know that this is a work in progress for me too.
1 >> Divide and conquer. Every person or room that creates dirty clothes needs a hamper or laundry basket to go with it. Don't forget the bathroom with all of the towels. I ask that each of us put our dirty clothes in our baskets, so when full, I can grab it and head to the laundry room in the basement.
2 >> Clean as you go. I try and do one load of laundry every night to keep up with the piles. If I can do this, it really helps and clears up my weekend to do other things. Let's be real, this never happens, but it is a good goal.
3 >> Location, location, location. Let's say I didn't keep up with the laundry throughout the week and now I have a huge pile of laundry. This happens more than I would like to admit. I find that the closer the baskets are to the machine, the easier it is to wash and dry the clothes. Because my laundry machines are in the basement, far from our bedrooms, it is hard to just throw the clothes in. But if I bring the baskets down and leave them by the machines, I can go through several loads in a row without much hassle.
4 >> Add a basket. For some reason, my daughter likes to take off her socks on the main living area floor and leave them all over the place. Instead of constantly asking her to pick them up and bring them upstairs, I added a nice looking basket next to the kitchen. That way she can just bring the socks over to the new basket instead of having to walk everything upstairs. The basket is strategically placed on my way down to the basement, so I can just grab it when it gets full and bring it down for washing. Since it is near the kitchen, I can also throw in the kitchen towels or other things on that floor that need washing.
5 >> Distractions are good. Because I always have a friend or family member I can catch up with on the phone, I like to save folding clothes for a time when I can talk to a friend. As soon as I am done with my phone call, I have a nicely folded basket of laundry. And if no one is around to talk, I watch one of my favorite tv shows via Netflix or On Demand.
6 >> Timing and problem solving. There is nothing I hate worse than wrinkled clothes. So make sure to fold the clothes right after they come out of the dryer. Then make sure to put the clothes away as soon as you are done folding them. Otherwise you're living out of a laundry basket all week. If you are not putting your clothes away after folding, there is probably a good reason (aside from being tired and needed a nap). Is your closet over filled and things don't fit? Do you have a good spot for everything? Does the room have bad lighting? Try and pinpoint exactly what is stopping you from finishing the task. If you can fix that, you'll be more likely to get the clothes put away.