Oh laundry, the never-ending chore. Laundry has never really been an area I excelled in. Since the last addition to our family, I completely strike out on a regular basis. Six people, five beds, scores of towels, tablecloths, cloth napkins, un-paper towels and all the other things I use to be as green as possible in my home mean my washer and dryer get quite the workout.
May 30, 2012 3:47 pm
Unfortunately, even with all the laundry we do, I always seem to find a pile of dirty clothes lurking behind a closet door or a laundry basket of neatly folded clean laundry sitting on a bedroom floor, directly in front of the chest of drawers. I never can seem to find the perfect laundry routine that doesn’t leave laundry creating it’s own zip code in our home on one side of the machines or the other.
I’ve given it my best shot, I really have. I spent years flying, I’ve pinned all kinds of organizational ideas and I’ve bought all the best laundry gear off the Cotton Babies warehouse shelves. And yet, I still feel like a laundry failure.
Most recently, I decided to enlist the troops. If three boys who like to play in dirt, mud and water can create tons of laundry, they ought to be able to do it as well. Since they are still fairly young, we purchase the pre-measured detergent packets, taught them only one setting to use on our machine and keep an eye out while they sort their colors. They are only asked to do their own laundry. So far, it’s mildly successful. At the very least, it has stopped the morning cry of, “Mom, I don’t have any clean underwear!” Hopefully their future wives will thank me.
Even with that improvement, I’m still a procrastinator on my own laundry. I’ll wash the kids’, my husband’s, even the linens but wait until the last possible second to wash my own. Honestly, I just threw a load of jeans in to wash before sitting down to write this post because mine were all dirty and I need to leave the house in two hours.
Laundry, especially when you have little ones and are cloth diapering, is an ever-evolving thing. You get a great routine down and then they grow, start eating new foods, or the seasons change. These changes affect your laundry and you have to adjust your routine again. With summer here and the addition of all the towels from the pool, I’m in need of a jump start.