With baby #2 on the way, knowing we were going to use cloth diapers, I couldn't handle three or more extra loads each week. I would go insane...
After bargain hunting for a few months, we got a great deal on a new HE washer/dryer set. It's HUGE! I'm down to about 6 loads a week (including diapers!) when I used to 12 or more.
I only gather dirty clothes once or twice a week. Because the washer is bigger, I can wash a lot more at a time and we need to go longer between washes. If I see the hamper overflowing, I'll empty it. Clothes still get sorted into three compartments: darks, lights, and whites. I keep cloth diapers in a small basket on the dryer and I keep socks in another basket beside the dryer.
I try to wash load every day. When there aren't enough dirty clothes to wash a load (said no one, ever), I was rugs or sheets. My washer has this awesome feature that warms the water, even on a cold cycle, to dissolve powdered detergent. I got so used to skipping fabric softener and bleach with the old machine that I still don't use either. Someday I'm going to try to make my own fabric softener.
I use my clothesline only in the summer. I haven't exploded any pens in my new dryer, yet, so I use it when it's too cold (or I'm too lazy) to hang the clothes outside. I do love drying the cloth diapers in the sun.
This is where I fail. The dryer is on the floor, so I put a basket in front of it, open the door, and pull all of the clothes out into the basket. Then they need folded, but I have other things to do, so I walk away. I have to force myself to stand there and fold the clothes before I move onto something else.
The loads are larger with this new set. Which means, the baskets are fuller and heavier. I fold the clothes, but I let the basket sit for my manly man husband to carry up the stairs for me to put away.
What tips and tricks have helped you find a laundry routine that works for your family?