Just imagine how many clothes there must be to wash with 6 children and 2 adults!!!!
Laundry has always been a chore I struggle with. Even when it was just my husband and I. Washing...no problem...drying...no problem..folding...no problem! It's the putting away that has always been my problem.
Washed, dried and folded clothes end up in piles everywhere. Flowing out of the baskets-on top of the washer and dryer, on the stairs (at least closer to their destination!), on dresser and bed tops. All with good intentions of making it to closets and drawers.
Before that ever happens, though, there seems to be mounds of more dirty clothes to wash!!!! And so, my laundry time is taken up again with the washing, drying and folding and never the putting away.
This doesn't sound so horrible. I mean, at least everyone has clean clothes to wear! Somewhere! It's just a matter of finding the right pile!
Well-to tell the truth-it is horrible! If you struggle with keeping up with the clothes...you can relate. Most of the time the piles get sorted through or knocked over or moved so someone can get into their bed and they wind up on the floor- where soon we don't know the dirty from the clean.
Guess what happens next???
Yup-you guessed it. The smell test. Sorry-it's just the way it is. OR WAS!!!!!
Until I started my new laundry system!!!
It's been working so well-I thought I would share and perhaps it will help someone with similar laundry issues.
Step 1: I started by making my sorting non-existent . That's right-NO SORTING! Each room has their own laundry hamper. I purchased the very light-very cheap, fold up type that just "pop open" when you take them out of the package.
Step 2:Then...I grab a hamper-any hamper-in the morning and throw in that load. The hampers are so light and easy to carry-all but my 2 year old can carry them down. Often, it's as simple as just asking someone to bring their dirties down to the laundry room.
Some time later-I switch them over to the dryer and put in someone else's. I have been training the two oldest children to do this to ensure the wet clothes don't sit in the wash too long. Between hampers and sheets-I have to do at least 2 loads a day to keep up.
Step 3:When I am taking the clothes out of the dryer, they go into that room's, similarly made, pop up, laundry basket. I purchased them at Wal-Mart. Very cheap-very light-very easy to carry-and they hold a lot!
I also purchased a cheap, narrow- but long, folding table. This table sits against the wall in my laundry room and all the baskets line up on top of it. The table wasn't actually long enough to hold them all-so some are on top of the school bins that are partially under and partially next to the table.
|Yes-we have 8 people but only 6 of these-I just couldn't fit any more. 1 for towels and sheets-and some hold one person's in the front of the bin-and another person (in the same room) in the back of the bin. Still kept very separate.|
No more piles of laundry anywhere! Sometimes the baskets get a bit full-but that's how we know whose has to be carried up and put away next.
|looks like the girls room laundry is the next to go up!|
I have been training the children how to put their clothes away to my standards-but for now I do most of it. Otherwise-it does find it's way onto floors, under beds-and sometimes-right back into the hamper of dirty clothes!
Overall-this system has been a tremendous help and taken a huge level of frustration
out of the labor of a large families laundry!!!
ps...please, please, please...don't ask me about socks!!!!!! I am still convinced our attic and basement mice take them to use as sleeping bags! Even with each person's clothes being kept and washed separate-we are still finding lone socks!!!!!!!!
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