I haven't posted much lately but I wanted to chime in on the noise. It is so loud here even when noone in particluar is loud or practicing piano. I have actually thought about dropping lessons just so that I can have less piano playing loudness.
I also agree with purging the laundry. Easier to organize and no piles of it sitting around. I often have loads in both the washer and dryer and on the lines but even with 5 children we all use one hamper plus diaper pail. The diaper pail fills daily though hopefully soon it will take 2 days. When the hamper is a bit over full I have two full loads (darks and lights). I do sheets and bath towels on an as needed basis but we definitely reuse them between washings. Any wet/swim laundry is done right away so I don't forget about it. Kitchen towels and washrags are done about twice a week, when I smell the basket the dirties are kept in (on the dryer).
What I need tips on is how to find a small, daily chunks of down time so that I can replenish myself. I am always multitasking, thinking ahead, preventing problems, etc, and I am so exhausted all the time. The littlest thing is so big to me in this state. Like right now, I am listening to piano practice, nursing the baby, monitoring a 2 yo in panties (day 10), simmering a spag sauce, and timing a shower to make it sure it doesn't last too long. Oh yeah, and typing to you guys. Maybe I should just get off-line?