Our Tuesday Topic this week was from Nancy who asked for suggestions regarding “taming the laundry monster”. Here are portions of your answers, with complete answers found in the comments of this post.
This came from Beth, via email:
… Every Tuesday and Friday, my husband carries all of our laundry down to the basement for me. I used to sort everything before starting the washer, but I’ve found it saves time to pull out whites and put them into washer and sort out the rest of the laundry as I’m searching for whites… My daughter loves to drag the basket of wet clothes over to the dryer to put them in… One thing that helps me keep a steady perspective on laundry is this – I never do laundry on Sundays or Mondays, and I only rarely do laundry on Thursdays and Saturdays…
[Beth also included a recipe for a stain soak that is in the comments section.]
My system for laundry is simple. First of all, a little over a year ago we got a large front loader and it is a huge help. I know this isn’t an option for everyone, but if you have a large family, and the means to purchase one, I highly recommend it. I start every Monday morning by carrying down the six youngest kids’ laundry. I sort the clothes into darks and lights, tossing the darks in the washer as I go. Ladybug and Honeybee are learning how to do the laundry and in time I plan to pass more of it off to them. We cycle the loads through until we are done and I try to have the girls fold as we go. Then I set a stack of each girl’s laundry in front of their dresser for them to put away. I put the little boys’ laundry away or have the bigger girls do it for me.
Usually we are done with the younger kids’ laundry on Monday and I do mine and Russ’ on Tuesday. Wednesdays and Thursday we wash towels, sheets, tablecloths, delicate clothing, and all of the unusual things. Mimi does her laundry on Thursday evenings, which gives me an incentive to get my laundry out of the laundry room. The big boys do their laundry on Friday and Saturday. Most Sundays, even our washer and dryer have a day of rest.
My biggest challenge is getting the laundry put away. I actually like washing, drying, and folding, but putting it all away can stump me. On a bad week I’ll even get it all upstairs, but won’t get it sorted into piles for the kids to put away…that seems to have happened recently…last Saturday, in fact.
For more ideas you can read this earlier post on cleaning your home.
Thank you one and all for your great comments. This week’s Tuesday Topic will be up tonight!
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