Currently we have eight members in our immediate family (my husband, myself, and our six children.) Housework has always been my Achilles heel, and over the past few years I have diligently searched for new methods that might help me better serve my family. I believe that I have finally developed a laundry system that works for us, with not much effort on anyone’s part! I would love to share this with you today.
Laundry must be done every day for this method to work efficiently.
First of all, the children’s laundry hampers stay in our laundry room. Throughout the day, they collect their dirty clothing and towels and bring them directly to the laundry room. For a time I kept hampers in their individual rooms, but it was very easy to wait several days before bringing them downstairs to the laundry room and then we would have a major back up! No dirty clothing is allowed on floors.
As soon as I wake up I bring the master bedroom laundry hamper into the laundry room and begin a load of clothing from all of the laundry hampers combined. My husband, myself, and our two youngest children all share the master bedroom laundry hamper. Most days I only need to wash one load of clothing. We only wash clothing that is dirty, and sometimes my children (or girls I should say) can get by wearing something twice prior to washing it.
During the morning hours I move the clothing from the washer to the dryer. If I need to start another load, I do so at this time.
During the afternoon hours I dump the dry clothes into a clothes basket. I quickly fold any towels. I then separate my four oldest children’s clothing out, and throw them into a separate clothes basket unfolded and place the kids towels on top. Alternating days between my two oldest daughters, I ask one of them to take the basket upstairs. They then put their towels away, and fold/hang up the remaining clothing. This consists of one outfit for each child since we wash every day, and it takes 5 minutes tops.
I then take the remaining clothing/towels basket into our master bedroom and put everything away into our master closet. My two youngest children currently share the closet with my husband and I. I use two additional laundry hampers in the closet to hold undershirts and the like. This takes me 10 minutes tops.
If we washed more than one load, I then repeat the above steps.
This does not include ironing. If I get the clothes out while still warm ironing usually isn’t necessary. There has been many a time while I have scrambled the night before my husband’s job or church ironing items that I have neglected. (I’m still a work in progress.) If there is a stain, or mishap (like baby poo) I try to immediately rinse and soak the item with Oxyclean spray. This usually works!
Again, this works well and requires very little effort if done daily. I do miss some days unfortunately. I usually even wash on Sunday. Through my years of being a wife and mother I’ve come to the conclusion that caring for my family is a ministry. Ministers do not take time off on Sunday. When I begin to look at laundry as a terrible chore, I always remind myself that I am so blessed to be a mother, and if laundry comes along with the territory, I will gladly take it!
Do you have any laundry tips that you would like to share?