How long does it take you to fold a load of laundry?

United States
January 7, 2009 12:26pm CST
I'm not sure why but my mother just can't seem to do much of anything sometimes. She breaks down tasks to make them last for weeks at a time when they can really be accomplished all in one day. She'll wash her clothes or other things and then they'll sit in the laundry room for weeks at a time until someone gets behind her enough to fold them. She always says she never has any time to fold clothes. When I started washing my clothes and prepared another load of random items from the floor of the laundry room to be washed, it took me under 5 minutes to fold one load. I don't know what she does to make folding clothes an hour task, but I think she's doing it wrong! haha How long does it take for you to fold one load of laundry? Do you have a system to make it go faster?
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Like you it doesn't take long to fold my clothes. My husband takes longer cause he wants everything so-so you know with the creases and all lined up and perfect. But still shouldn't take to long. My mom hates folding and most times it stays in a basket till it is worn. I have went over many times and folded and hung up clothes so they will be easier to find.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
Laundry is never anyone's favorite task, especially mine. When I do laundry, it takes me less than five minutes to fold a dried load. I usually go for the bigger and bulkier stuff first, then lighter things. Socks always go in one big pile all of their own. When I am done folding out the dryer load, I then match socks and toss them on top of the folded cloths in the basket. Works for me. Your Mom may just not like folding cloths, at all.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
9 Jan 09
It depends, I hang up most of my clothes and then I'm just dealing with sheets and towels. I have to say that sheets are tough to fold, but only because there's only me. Still, it doesn't take that long to do 1 load, only when they gather up does it take a while.
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
8 Jan 09
I would think the standard is 5-10 minutes to fold a load of laundry. Of course, it depends on if I fold the laundry as it comes out of the dryer, or if I wait, let it snowball, then do it. Sometimes I just don't have the time to fold as it comes out. Sometimes I just have to wait until I get a bunch done, or something, to fold the laundry.
@jordan04n (463)
• United States
8 Jan 09
I hate to fold and put away. I think I am burned out. I am to the point of telling family members to get their clothes out of the laundry room not their rooms!
• Australia
8 Jan 09
I take about 20 minutes to sort and fold the laundry. That is without large sheets. I don't have a system, i just fold as fast as i can to avoid wasting too much time on it and won't bother folding clothes that are gonna be on hangers. I find my mother also uses a lot of time folding the laundry. I'm not sure if she likes doing it or what haha. But i just make sure i don't waste my time.
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 09
That would have to be a couple of seconds! Well, I don't actually fold my laundery! As soon as my clothes have been washed and dried I stack them away any old how! I know that this doesn't give a good presentation in terms of tidiness but I'm not that bothered. I'm independent and I feel so free! It's good when you can do things without being critisised or judged, just as long as you're not hurting anyone then this is ok. Andrew
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
8 Jan 09
Hi hfangel, we have more sunny days all over the year, for the sake of saving electricity consumption, after taking out the washed clothes from the washing machine, I always put them on the hangers and then to dry them hanging on the outdoor rails. Of course after collect them from the rail, I have to take a bit more time to remove them from the hangers and then fold them and keep them in place. It usually takes me 10 minutes to finish folding and hanging all the clothes of my husband, my son and I. I fold only those underwear, towel and socks and put all the shirts, pants, and t-shirt on the hangers so that they won’t crease easily and convenient for me to iron as well before putting on them. Happy posting and have a nice day.
@Polly289 (269)
• New Zealand
8 Jan 09
Gosh, you're talking about laundry? I've got it coming out of my ears and I mean I haven't even washed the darn things yet. Talk about dragging it on. I've spent the last week sorting it for crying out loud. As for folding it. Forget it. It can jolly well fold itself. As far as I'm concerned everyone should wear "lycra" so we wouldn't have to fold it or iron it.
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
That depends, if i'm rushing then 10 clothes/6-10minutes..and 5 pants/3minutes but if not well i want my stuffs to be well folded also i need to iron them and fold that would give me 3-5minutes per shirt and 5-6minutes per pants.. but if compared to my mom..a lod of laundry (approx.30 shirst and 15 pants) can be folded less than a minute for shirt and 1min for a pant.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
8 Jan 09
Sometimes we don't get the clothes folded right away. We can take a bit to get to them. As a teen, I did my own laundry, and i would just fold my clothes as i pulled them out of the dryer - this didn't take very long. It's just that it is such an easy task to put off.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
hello highflyingxangel, It will take me five minutes or less depending on how many clothes am going to fold. Folding clothes is just an easy task that even a small kid can do it. It's just a matter of practice. Every after washing the clothes, I'm folding the clothes at once. This way, it will be much easier and can be sort out at once. There will be no clothes just sitting there in one place and need somebody's attention. The house will be much neater to look at because everything is in place. Maybe your mom is already old, for older people tends to get tired easily. Best thing you can do is to fold for her so the clothes will not sit there for days. At least she can still do some house hold chores.
@inuceres (342)
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
it takes 20 minutes when i fold a load of laundry i also fold my family clothes and i am also the one laundry it.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
7 Jan 09
It doesn't take me long to fold clothes, about 10 minutes. I fold the clothes as I'm taking them out of the dryer. It doesn't have to be perfectly neat when I fold them.
• United States
7 Jan 09
Ooo, you sound organized like me! It takes me about 5-7 minutes to fold clothes. I have a system where I'm washing and drying at the same time. I do about half of the laundry and I wash my kids stuff separate. Girls clothes don't get washed with boys clothes. All of their stuff goes in different drawers.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
7 Jan 09
[i]Hi angel, It will take me 5-8 minutes to fold it! I will start with the little stuff like undies and socks and then T-shirts and then PJ's...Sometimes, I am more faster when I am folding and watching Tv too! My hubby find it weird! LOL![/i]
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
7 Jan 09
I really don't have a system to make folding clothes go faster. But I know that it doesn't take me over an hour to fold them. Usually it takes about 10 to fifteen minutes depending on the size of the load. If it's a load of just socks though, lol let's just say I don't like folding socks so that takes longer to fold. But with laundry it's just easier to take care of folding clothes when you get them out than letting them sit there. I dont' understand why she doesn't do that.
@AnakSuNamun (2084)
• United States
7 Jan 09
Probably about 10 min,depends on how big the load is I think your mom just doesn't like doing that,I don't really like it either but I can stand it if I'm in a good mood or if I'm listening to the music. Besides,who doesn't like the smell of fresh laundry? My apartment is located on the 2nd floor and you need to take the stairs to get there from outside,that is one thing I hate to do and it might take me weeks to clean them after I cleaned the place lol First of all,they are carpeted and it's the sort of carpet that gets all kinds of stuff stuck to it,you can't really vacuum it and sweeping is such a pain...
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
7 Jan 09
Depends on the sizes of the loads. I fold several loads at once. So sometimes I fold while watching tv. Maybe it will take me 1/2 an hour. Not really that long in the scheme of things.