Saturday, June 27, 2009

The laundry resolution....

If you've read my blog long enough, you know how much I absolutely dread laundry. With 4 young kids, it quickly adds up. And, of course, now that we're in the midst of the summer heat, they go through outfits quickly. We have the morning outfit, then the swimsuit in the early afternoon, then another outfit upon changing out of the swimsuit (don't even ask!) and, last but not least, we have the jammies. (the picture above is JUST the kids' laundry....Tim and I have another 2 baskets of laundry upstairs that need to be brought down to the laundry room...it sucks to be me).

That equals a whole lotta laundry....I simply can't keep up with it. I've heard of the "do 1 load of laundry a day" concept but it hasn't worked for me because I usually get interrupted by the kids and I never get back to the laundry. So it just continues to pile up, leaving me with 6-8 loads of laundry to be done on a Saturday (it takes me HOURS to get everything washed, folded and put away).

However, today, I read an article on the site Family and Parenting (a website for moms and dads that gives tips related to parenting, budgeting, and everything else the average family faces), which addressed how to tackle laundry in a more effective manner, especially for large-sized families. It reminded me of the "kill 2 birds with 1 stone" saying.

Simply put, you wash the laundry as you usually do but instead of folding and hanging up the clothes or putting them in a dresser individually, you take all the clothes and group them into specific outfits. Essentially, you group a shirt, pants/shorts, underwear and socks (if needed) into one outfit and put them away as such, whether it be on a hanger or folded neatly together and put into a dresser (read the article for more specific details).

Not only are you getting all your laundry done but you're also saving yourself (and your spouse and kids) the hassle in the morning of spending time picking out clothes to coordinate into an outfit....and those of us with young children already know how time consuming that can be on a busy morning...."No, I want the WHITE tank top with the RED skirt and the BLACK tights"....and then you're running around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to locate the black tights that you're pretty sure you tossed out with the garbage last week because you couldn't stand the sight of them.

This has got to be one of the best family tips on how to tackle laundry, while also managing your time wisely, that I've ever heard about ....I can already envision the beautifully coordinated outfits hanging in each child's closet, just ready to be grabbed off the hanger and put on. And for me....wow, I might actually look semi-decent from now on, with my outfits already put together and ready to wear....I might even throw a pair of earrings and a necklace into a small ziploc bag and attach it to the hanger so I even have my jewelry ready to go, as well.

If I can pull this off, people just might start to think I finally have my act together....and I may actually start to believe it myself!

For more great parenting tips, visit Family and Parenting!

28 comments:

Morgan said...

oooh, putting the matching accessories into a ziplock and attatching it to the hanger is a great idea!

Your laundry room looks like my bedroom (again) at this moment. Ugh.

Kristina P. said...

What a great idea!

I hate laundry too. That's why I make my husband do it. :)

Morgan said...

by the way- the Family and Parenting website is pretty cool. I like their article on "don't be the cause of your child's anxiety". They have some great tips on their site!

Hit 40 said...

Swimming really tears through the clothes!!! The boys put their clothes on over the wet suit to wear home. Then, a new outfit!! Two outfits a day!!!

The clothes just explode!!!!!!!!

Jenny said...

That's a great idea, especially for a larger family.

Mommy24cs said...

Your picture looks eerily similar to what my laundry room looks like right now! During the school year our laundry is double because the kids wear uniforms to school so when they get home they change into another outfit. Same with hubby, as soon as he gets home from work he changes. I'm the only one in the family who keeps my laundry to one basket a week!

Zeemaid said...

sigh I hate laundry too. My mom is always like... do a little bit everyday.. and I'm like... bite me... no seriously... I hate doing laundry every day. I usually load it all up and have one doozy of a laundry day.

Lately though.. we have almost reached the doing laundry every day stage it's just that crazy. sigh...

great post.

Love To Shop Mom said...

I HATE laundry just as much as you. My laundry room looks just like yours, and i only have 1 baby and the hubs and me. I only do laundry when we absoluetly have no clean clothes left. I have even gone out and bought us new towels and clothes a few times because i did not want to do the laundry. Sometimes when the hubby is working late and i have been so busy with the baby, i pay someone to do it for me. There is a laundry mat(a nicer one)close to my house, that will wash dry and fold laundry for only 25 cents a pound. then when the hubby gets home he thinks i did it all. AWWW if he only knew. I do this about once a month sometimes. thats how much i hate laundry. The funny thing is i love cleaning house and my house is always clean, except laundry.

Kimberly said...

This is my constant battle! I actually just finished putting all the clean clothes away that have been sitting in piles on my kids floor, my bedroom floor and my guest bedroom floor. I was so proud of myself for getting all of the clothes put away. It took me three days of kids interupting me, but I finally got it done.

I hope you post an update and let us know if this system really works for you. I am intrigued.

Good luck with your laundry piles!

Michele S said...

I'm a one a day loader. Somtimes it's not even a total load, but I put it in anyway.

I know, it's sick. If you don't talk to me anymore, I will understand. :)

Sadia said...

A tip I got from a book called How to Cheat at Cleaning is to avoid sock-matching by buying all one brand per person. Just have a bin of socks, and every two will pair up.

Another trick that I'm thinking about incorporating into my life is sorting loads by person or storage location, so when it comes out of the dryer, each load is headed to one and only one place. (I don't mind folding. It's the putting away that I never get to.)

Tami said...

I really dislike laundry! It;s my enemy.. I mutter, and complain..

Daniels room looks like your laundry room. It's his worst nightmare.. THE "L" word! LOL

Elle said...

Laundry is not one of my favorite tasks. When I worked full time I used to beg for a second dryer. It would've made my life so much easier.

Amy said...

Thanks for the tip. If you get the color catch from Wal-mart in the detergent aisle you can wash all of your clothes together as long as you put the sheet in. This keeps the colors from running. No more sorting and fast times with washing clothes.

Becca said...

I'm soooo glad I'm not your right now. That is A LOT of laundry!!

Kim said...

Thank you for posting that picture. Really, Because that is what my laundry room looks like all the time, and I thought it was just me.

Nikki B. said...

but...you still have to actually DO the laundry. i don't get it?

let me know when you find a way around it all together!!!!LOL

HOA Mgr Lady said...

Couple of hints.
1. Hire a school aged girl to help you and she just does laundry. Like a babysitter but just for clothing. Pay her 25 cents a pound too and hse can put away.
2. Use the same color scheme. Red/white and blue. Pink and green. Etc./ so that when the clothign is chosen there are no bad choices. All shorts are navy or pink. Tops just go together.

HarryJack's Mom said...

If only you lived closer, I'd do the laundry if you'd do the crafts ;-) Can't wait to hear how it goes, and thanx for the link!

The Mother said...

YES! I can see this working in my house. The GOTH would love for me to pick out his clothes for him! It would be awesome!

I have a better idea. Hand each kid a laundry basket, and teach them to do it themselves. Four is old enough to run a washer. Isn't it?

Jen said...

that is great advice and it really works. I have not read the article before but I already do this. I hang up outfits and it is SO easy getting the kids dressed and I know that Hayden will always have season appropriate and matching clothes.

wife.mom.nurse said...

Cannot wait to hear how this works out for you. Sounds like it could really be great.

I keep looking in my mailbox and no zucchinis have arrived from you yet :)

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

awesome idea, because frankly? Laundry makes me vomit.

Momma Snail said...

Going to show my hubbie your pics. He doesn't believe that other people have laundry issues like we do. I love your tip! I can't believe I didn't think of it!

Kathy B! said...

Your laundry room makes me stressed on your behalf. I hate it when the laundry gets out of control, and yet it always does...

This sounds like a great approach. I'm going to have to give it a try!

sandy said...

Your laundry room and my laundry room could be twins! With five kids, I have the hardest time keeping up with it all!
Thanks for passing along that great tip!

Creative Junkie said...

Yep, we share a common loathing of laundry. Why can't they invent something that cleans, folds and puts away the laundry?

Oh wait, they did. Kids.

Mine are broken.

lvlc said...

For us, when we lived in the other house we had 4 baskets: one for colors, one for darks, one for beiges, one for whites. When one basket was full it was washed, folded and put away. It worked for us. But now we live in a smaller place and there is no place for the 4 baskets. :( We might try that again when we move out...

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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