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Whats with folding laundry?
must be a bad house wife

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#1 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:51 PM

I am always reading in the forums people complaining about house work that needs to be done.   Washing clothes, dishes, cleaning, vacuuming I get, but whats with folding laundry?  I just dont do it.  

I have been to other peoples houses and seen a laundry basket full of beautifully folded laundry, people are always saying if DH, MIL etc could just help out and maybe fold some  laundry that would be great etc etc

I wash clothes, I put them in the basket.   Sheets and towels get roughly  folded and put away, things get hung in the wardrobe or put in a drawer - evenutally.   I dont iron either!!!!!  Never in my life have I sat and folded a basket of laundry.  

Is it really an essential chore?

#2 ComradeBob

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

I fold t-shirts chiefly so I don't have to iron the buggers  original.gif

#3 LookMumNoHands

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

I fold, because I don't like the rumpled look  original.gif

#4 KBM

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:01 PM

I dont like the rumpled look and I refuse to iron so I always fold from the line.  It only takes a second of two more per item to bring the washing in folded, then it can sit on the laundry counter for a month or so until needed!

#5 Justaduck

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:02 PM

For our shirts (DDs are too small) I just hang them on the line on their hangers...saves pegging, unpegging then hanging them. A lot of friends have come over and commented on it and then go and do it themselves.
Yes my washing baskets usually never get emptied properly


Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:02 PM

Yes, it's essential to avoid the rumpled look.

And I iron almost everything.

You can tell if things haven't been folded or ironed. Seriously.

#7 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:02 PM

I can say ive never sat down and folded a basket of washing.
Sheets rolled/scrunched in to a ball
Clothes rammed in to drawers
the odd thing gets hung
Simple lol

#8 Heather11

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

Everything gets folded as it comes off the line in this household. It may sit for a couple of days folded in the basket waiting to get put away but I don't have basket loads of unfolded clothes lying around.  

Anything that needs to be ironed - apart from DH's work clothes, very little - gets done as needed.

#9 Fanny McPhail

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

QUOTE (~THE~MAGICIAN~ @ 21/11/2012, 05:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can tell if things haven't been folded or ironed. Seriously.

I can't but then I'm probably not looking.

#10 PurpleNess

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:05 PM

I fold but stuff generally stays in a basket in our room until it gets worn again, we don't have a huge wardrobe :-)
Ironing - NEVER! I own an iron but it circa 1975 lol.
Oh & for people telling it hasn't be ironed...for me it's a matter of I simply don't care....

Edited by PurpleNess, 21 November 2012 - 04:06 PM.

#11 Feral timtam

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

QUOTE (~THE~MAGICIAN~ @ 21/11/2012, 04:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, it's essential to avoid the rumpled look.

And I iron almost everything.

You can tell if things haven't been folded or ironed. Seriously.

Same here. People who iron can tell if you haven't folded or ironed, and we judge you for it.

Folding and ironing makes clothes more compact and easier to store as well as making them look neater. If skipping those steps made little difference there wouldn't be such an emphasis on them in the first place!

#12 MsDemeanor

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:10 PM

Ah now I see why I see so many people in the street looking like they have dragged themselves out of bed, they can't be a*sed doing a five minute job like folding clothes.

#13 Heather11

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:11 PM

Oh & for people telling it hasn't be ironed...for me it's a matter of I simply don't care....

I agree.

I certainly don't notice if someone is wearing unironed clothes.  My Mum was a slave to her iron and then us kids would just shove our nicely ironed clothes into our drawers and they would end up crumpled anyway.

#14 Always amazed!

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:11 PM

I only fold towels in this house..
Everything else is put in baskets and then hung in wardrobes or thrown in draws.. i don't iron either..well unless  i need to for a special occasion:)
I have better things to do with my time..

#15 strawberrycakes

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:12 PM

I fold so infrequently that when I do it it's a massive job.  Right now I have 3-4 full laundry baskets of clean washing that needs to be folded.  I always tell myself that I will put them away as soon as they are off the line or out of the dryer but I never do.  I guess it is lucky that I don't have many clothes that require ironing lol.

I don't know why I bother folding anyway, the clothes just end up in a rumpled mess in the drawers anyway especially DDs.

#16 PrincessPeach

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:12 PM

As my DH discovered, you can't fit things in the cupboards or find things as easily if they are not folded.

I really only fold our home clothes, underwear & pj's - so it's not too bad.

All workwear & going out clothes are on hangers - they also get dried on the hangers, as there are some things I can get away without ironing then!

#17 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:18 PM

I also purposely buy clothes that dont need ironing either.

and I judge people who have a crease down the front of their jeans  biggrin.gif

#18 MarigoldMadge

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

We have these on our clothesline...

http://www.maidofshade.com.au/holey_peg.htm shirts go straight onto a hanger from the washing machine onto these, and then straight to the cupboard in the laundry for ironing.

I hang sheets already folded on the line, so it's no big deal to fold them and put them away, and I've just mastered the art of folding a fitted sheet and am loving it!

But everything else get's shoved in a drawers etc. We have limited space for storing sheets and towels, and if we didn't fold them properly, they would be spilling out on the floor, so it's a matter of necessity.

#19 happening

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

QUOTE (tamjk @ 21/11/2012, 05:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Same here. People who iron can tell if you haven't folded or ironed, and we judge you for it.

Folding and ironing makes clothes more compact and easier to store as well as making them look neater. If skipping those steps made little difference there wouldn't be such an emphasis on them in the first place!

Awwwww Mum!!!

#20 slc5

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

I fold. I think it makes things easier to find in the drawers. I don't iron though, and don't care if people can tell.

#21 Riotproof

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:26 PM

It does make it easier to put things away. And I like being able to go through a drawer to find something to wear not a basket or mountain of clothes.

#22 (feral)epg

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:30 PM

If I'm going to put stuff away straight away I just rip it off the line, then take it inside and fold it properly (and pair up and roll socks) and put it away then and there.  It's true I can be a TAD neurotic about a nicely square folded T shirt and a tidy pile of folded knickers.
If I'm not going to put stuff away I just leave it on the line  ohmy.gif
Shirts get hung up on their hangers.
If DP brings in the washing he folds it straight away.  But not to my standard.  I struggle to just accept it, but have been known to refold all of my stuff in secret later on.

#23 Zarlias

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

Folding knickers is going too far.......

#24 Guest_Maybelle_*

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:32 PM

I am an ironer (a whole 'nother thread of angst) but I don't fold my underwear, which my husband is a bit horrified by.  He has one of those t-shirt folder thingos, and uses it for everything.

#25 VioletRose

Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE (tamjk @ 21/11/2012, 05:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Same here. People who iron can tell if you haven't folded or ironed, and we judge you for it.

Folding and ironing makes clothes more compact and easier to store as well as making them look neater. If skipping those steps made little difference there wouldn't be such an emphasis on them in the first place!

Many things we do in life make no lasting difference to our or anyone else quality of life. they are just done because of custom.  It really is ok not to fold or iron if there will be no real consequence to those actions.
That said I always fold everything because being able to see everything and get any item easily pleases me. I very rarely buy clothes that need ironing because ironing does not give me any satisfaction. I am quite capable of it should the need arise.
I recently read a tip for saving your sanity during those busy newborn months.....it's alright to just lightly iron your sheets......   Oh my.

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