How to organize laundry in a big family
Oh, my friends today, I am so excited to talk to you about our current situation. We’re all in the midst. This pandemic COVID-19. Literally turned us upside down. So I’m with you, how I’m surviving. I am literally recording this podcast inside vie closet, because it’s just one of those things. When you got a house full of kids, homeschooling daily meltdowns, constantly cooking and cleanings have to.
And what I’ve learned is that if I get up before the kids wake up, I can get so much done and I’m not talking about chores. I’m talking about personal things. If I want to work out to read quietly, if I want to meditate, if I want to, you know catch up on any correspondence, this is the most sacred time of.
It is undisturbed. And I find either that, or waiting until the kids go to bed and you, then you get a little bit of time there too. These little pockets of time we hold to, because now, you know, we’re living in the circumstance where we are basically quarantined with our children. We are kind of locked in with them.
There is no escaping, no one’s going anywhere. And we have our meltdowns to. Just the other day I found myself just having the hardest time finding motivation. I didn’t want to get on my pajamas. I just wanted to eat, but I couldn’t. I had things to do. I had to get all my kids set up and logged into their homeschool.
I had to make breakfast. I had to go to the bank. I had, you know, life still happens, but it’s okay. It is absolutely okay. To take a minute for yourself and just say, you know what? I’m not going to do that right now. I’m going to focus on these top three things. And if I get nothing done, but those top three things I will now, that’s where I’m going with this.
I want you to, first of all, pat yourself on the back. We are moms. We are working from home. We are homeschooling. We are doing all kinds of for cooking 24 7 cleaning. We don’t have help pat yourself on the back. You deserve a freaking award and some uninterrupted time. But we need to cut ourselves some slack because we are doing so so much right now.
We’ve been thrown into the ring. I’m wearing so many new hats that we’ve never worn before. It’s okay. If we don’t get it right. We’re not expected to. So with that, with this couple of podcasts, I want to share with you some of my sanity saving tips for having a big. Right now, it is, you know, two o’clock in the afternoon.
I’ve already got my kids homestay. I made lunch, everybody took a little swim and so I was able to kind of sneak away. Now I’m dealing with kids ranging from high school to kindergarten. So I have the full spectrum. Her needs are completely different. Oh, and some of the things that I’ve had to adapt are things that anybody could, and they will just simplify your life.
For example, laundry laundry is something we cannot escape. Especially when you have. Many children, you are laundry piles can accumulate at rapid speed. So I used to spend hours sorting, washing, folding, and I would give everybody their perfectly folded basket of laundry and hand it over to them.
Thinking all you have to do is put it away and you know, what they would do, they would take that basket of laundry would dumped it out. They would tip it. Onto their floor and then just stuff, their clothes into their drawers, into their closet, and then shut the door and walk away. And I watched the hours just melt away and I thought, you know, what, what a waste of my time.
So I vowed to myself, I would never waste another minute doing something that was going to be undone immediate. It’s like sweeping the floor and doing dishes. Those are things that obviously get undone all the time, but my laundry is one thing I, so here’s what I did take it for what it’s worth. It has saved my life.
It has brought some heres back to my life. It has helped me. Laundry not seem like a daunting task. And it’s also taught my kids a little bit more responsibility. So here’s what I do. I have a laundry batch child and, you know, yeah, you can try to organize the days each child brings their laundry down or what colors you’re going to be washing each day.
But let’s be honest. The piles just. And you’re just constantly writing day in and day. So here’s what I do. I sort their laundry. And into their basket, I’ll wash it. You know, I’ll, I’ll bulk wash it, all throw everything in together, all the colors, all the whites, all the denim, all the towels into D and to a bulk load separately, of course, but as I’m pulling it out of the dryer, I’m just putting it into the basket.
It belongs to, I am not spending a single second thundery and in the end of the day, That child is responsible to pick up their basket from the laundry room and put it away and they can choose if they want to stuff it and shove it under their bed and in their drawers, that’s up to them. If they want to fold it and have nicely organized closets and drawers, that’s their choice.
But. Today out of my laundry room and put it away. So that goes onto their daily task list. I have to check to see if they have any laundry waiting for them in the laundry room. It’s also their responsibility to bring me their laundry. So once their basket starts to overflow, they have to bring it down to me and I will gladly wash it and return it right back to them.
They have to fold it more, not am. Because I will not have just baskets of clothes laying around because then you start to get confused. Are these clean, are these dirty? We’re not sure. So that is one of their daily assignments. They have to put their. Now I will go into their closets being a professional organizer.
I love order. I love things to be neat and tidy, but let’s admit when you got seven people under one roof, it’s not going to stay that way for long. So I make it, oh, I do it probably quarterly. Go into their room and sort through their clothes. And we kind of edit out all the things that they’ve outgrown or things that have holes in them or things they don’t wear and then put it all back and they’ll do it with.
And I’ll show them how to fold it, how to stack it, how to hang it correctly and we’ll make their closet and their drawers look amazing. Now it only stays amazing for a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on the child, but it does not stay that way for long. And I know that and I’m okay with that.
I’ve had to let that one go and really. This is not going to stay perfect. So it’s up to fold and put away their own clothes. If you had a job, this technique, this one simple change into your laundry routine, you will have saved yourself so many hours. Think about how many hours you spend laundry in a week.
Add up all the weeks in a year. And you basically just gave yourself another month of free time or extra time to do something else. So my philosophy is to simply, and this is one of my number one things I recommend doing. I hope this helps you. I would love to hear. If you try this and how it works for your family.
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