Our house came with a stacked washer/dryer set. It was small, but it worked well and we were blessed to have it. I exploded a blue pen in the dryer once... It was a good starter set.
With three people and a small apartment-sized washer/dryer, I eventually got into a routine... because I had to.
Each morning, I gathered the dirty clothes from each bedroom and bathroom. I sorted the clothes into whites-darks-and-delicates.
I washed a load of whatever was fullest. I had to do our sheets in two separate loads, so I did that on Saturdays. I put a tablespoon of homemade detergent in the washer and turned it on to fill. When the detergent dissolved, I loaded the clothes. There was no fabric softener or bleach dispensers in the machine, so I just didn't use either product.
When I got home from work, I switched the clothes to the dryer. If I got it in early, sometimes I hung the clothes outside to dry all day.
My favorite part of that washer/dryer set was that the dryer was above my head. So as I pulled clothes out of the dryer, I folded them and put them in the basket. I didn't have to bend up and down and up and down.
Putting Laundry Away:
The loads were small, so I carried the basket upstairs and put away all the clothes.
Washing a load every day may seem like a lot of work, but it keeps the workload small. I find it overwhelming to wash every thing on one day, because of the mountain of clothes that needs put away.
Next week, I'll share what I do now that we have a bigger family and a bigger machine!