Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Day for Laundry Method and other Laundry Tips

Everyone has their own way of doing laundry, so if you are happy with your ways feel free to skip right along past this post.

However, if you are feeling overwhelmed or like the laundry is taking over your life...
I finally figured out what works for me and our family of 5.  So here's what I've been doing the last couple of years and how it works for us.

ONE DAY
I pick one day a week to do the majority of the laundry.  I start in the morning and I end the day with folding and sorting. 

For me, Mondays usually work the best for me.  Monday tends to have less scheduled activities and therefore less conflicts that get in the way of getting the task of it all done in a single day.  Our current laundry day is actually Tuesdays, because we had a Monday night conflict, but once the school year it out, my laundry day will be switching back ASAP!  I've tried many days of the week over the years and Mondays have been consistently the easiest to keep as laundry day.

During my ONE day of laundry, I usually wash about 5 loads of laundry ~ Lights/Colors, Darks, Jeans, Whites, and Towels.  Sometimes the Lights and the Colors are their own loads but I usually mix them.  Whites are things that are ONLY white so I can bleach them when needed.  Sheets get washed on their own day because that's a huge task all by itself.

Sometimes the kids help me gather and sort the laundry.  Other times I'm nice and I do it all myself.  It's easier to make them help when school is out for the summer.  It's a great simple chore for them to get them involved in the laundry! You can always check their sorting and move things as necessary!

Random Laundry Tip:  My kids take baths pretty regularly, and they also get their clothes pretty dirty.  I started keeping a laundry hamper or basket in the bathroom where they take a bath.  I also started keeping stain remover spray there.  Now I can peel off their clothes, pre-treat them and then toss them in the hamper.  I know you probably aren't supposed to do it days before you actually wash them...but if I don't pre-treat them until laundry day, I have noticed the clothes tend to stay stained.  It's been working out so much better this way! 

Clean clothes go on the bed
During my ONE day of laundry, I keep up on switching the loads to make sure it keeps going until it's all washed and dried.  The clean clothes get dumped on a big pile on my bed.  I've folded laundry on couches and tables, but i like using my bed for a couple reasons.

     ~ Unlike a dining room table, you don't need your bed for other things during the day (except    maybe a nap and trust me, laundry won't stop you from taking a nap on your bed!)

     ~ It's clean ~ no food or dirty dishes or papers to clean off of it first. Couches are great, but then your back is usually facing the TV (we'll get back to this later).

     ~ Also the clothes are most likely to fall off the backs and arms of the couch ~ super frustrating.  So that brings me back to the bed!  One giant flat, clean space to work on.

Time to Fold and watch a Show
So now all the clothes have been washed and dried...Now they need to be folded.
I used to dread this part but now I don't mind it.
It's 1 hour of my day (sometimes 1 1/2 hrs) dedicated to just me and the laundry.  And I make this time enjoyable by binge-watching my favorite shows!!

In my old house I had a TV in my bedroom, but we haven't set that up yet, so I just use my laptop and open up Netflix.  I watch one season of a show and then move onto another show.  Over the years I've watched, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Downton Abby, and I'm currently watching Jane the Virgin.  


Sort it Out
Every body's clothes get folded and sorted.  I have 3 kids 8 and 5 year old boys and one 2 year old girl.  They have a pile for pants, shirts PJ pants and PJ shirts.  There are also piles for the towels sorted into where they go in the house (kids bathroom, my bathroom, kitchen...)  A stack of hubby's pants, a pile of shirts to go on hangers.  Same for mine...

I take over the whole bed with my piles.  The clean clothes get dumped out on one side of the bed and the piles start taking over the other side.

Most of my own clothes and my hubby's shirts get put onto hangers.  Instead of putting them on hangers as I go, I lay them out in a pile and then put them all on hangers at the same time.  Then I don't sort mine & my hubby's out until I'm putting them away in our closet.  Trust me that this saves SO much time!

Basket for Socks & Underwear
Another time saving tip is to ignore all the socks and underwear until the end!  I throw all the kids' underwear and everybody's socks in a basket until I'm done folding the rest of the laundry.


Then, I can sort them into stacks of each persons' socks.  Nothing gets "paired" up.  Ever.  Not even my little girl's multi colored socks.  (And she's the only one who has ever had more than just white socks, by the way.)  You want to simplify life??  Get rid of the cutesy socks and each kid gets one type of sock.  Ruby is my exception, but her socks stay together for the most part (we are missing a few here and there) But they all get dumped into an ikea Skubb box and I find matching socks when I put them on her feet.  No need to do it on laundry day!!

Same for underwear -- I don't fold underwear, I simply sort them out into whose it is and they put it in a basket inside their dresser drawers.

Put it All Away
After ALL the laundry is folded, I start putting it away.  I put all of my hubby's and my laundry away in our closet, and then I put away all the towels.

Since my kids are all sleeping in their rooms by this point, they each get a basket with their folded laundry.  I put the baskets outside their door and in the morning, they put the laundry away.  I help Ruby put hers away.  

This process has simplified laundry day so much!

Although I am usually beat by the end of the day, I still kind of look forward to just being able to watch my show and do my own thing for an hour that night.  I also feel so much better when I stick to this routine and get all the laundry done and folded in that one day.  If I don't fold it that night...it tends to just lay around until nearly the next laundry day and my kids constantly bug me about not having enough pants... so it's just better to do it all and be done with it for a whole week!

What are your best laundry day tips??

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Misc Pics from February

You know the drill...
Here's all the random pictures for the month from my camera and my phone that are cute enough to share, but not good enough for their own blog post ;)

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2.3.17
So this has NEVER EVER happened before.  And will likely never happen again.  
Ruby doesn't take naps too often anymore and this day she fell asleep watching Daniel Tiger...at 5pm.
She was really OUT, too.  Like I wasn't even being quiet and she didn't budge.

I love that Ruby likes playing with the "boy" stuff in our house as much as the "girl" toys. 
She's an adorable little Hulk! 
2.1.17

Just sitting in the carpool line.  Again.  Err Day... 
2.3.17

She's at it again!  Naughty, Naughty... 
 2.4.17

2.6.17
Sometimes Ruby makes Daddy do funny things when they play...like sit in the basement shower.
2.11.17  Ruby doesn't always love nature. 
 

Family Fire Pit Night  
2.17.17

Enjoying the beautiful weather  2.19.17

2.21.17 Wrestling/Family Pileup

 2.25.17 Ruby "helps" with a Saturday morning breakfast of Crepes.

Just taking this little squirt to run some errands.  She's my last little shopping buddy so even though she's a royal pain sometimes, I enjoy spending time with her! 
2.28.17

Blue & Gold Banquet (Cub Scouts)
 2.24.17

Ruby is wearing boy clothes because we had a play date with a cousin that morning.  They were playing with the hose and the water table outside and she got pretty wet.  We borrowed some clothes from her boy cousin and she looked so cute in them I kept them on her all day!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sam and Pepper

Sam's preschool class has a little doggy named Pepper.  Every so often, Pepper gets to come home for the weekend.  Everything Sam does gets documented as he drags Pepper around with him.  Then we write a little blurb in a special book that goes back to school and Sam gets to tell his class all about their adventures.  

So here's Sam's weekend with Pepper in pictures!

Finishing up lunch

Playing Legos

Playing Minecraft

Riding Bikes

Taking a little trip to the dollar store

Helping put groceries away

Working on Valentines for school

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

I kept it pretty simple for Valentine's Day. 

Heart Shaped sandwiches for the kids' lunches.  Plus I put in a little love note

My hubby and I don't like going out on the actual day, so we make steak and had a yummy dinner at home with the kids!

Hubby got me these pretty tulips and another houseplant
(per my request! I need houseplants more than flowers that will die in a few days!)


The kids got a pretty good balanced meal for once, too.
They all thought it was pretty cool to sit at a *fancy* table.  



Oh and the cats were definitely coveting our steak...
Frodo apparently thought this place setting was meant for him!

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