Suddenly my nausea and fatigue seem to eclipse other pregnancies - yet I have more kids this time around. I am never able to fold at night - I just want to crawl in bed around 8pm! We have so much to do all day, and when I've tried to do it with kids, the 1.5 yo tosses them to the wind.
Give me some ideas, mommies! Inspire me to tackle my mountain of laundry before it rivals Mt. Rainier
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"Be careful how you speak to your children. One day it will become their inner voice." ~ Peggy O' Mara
Cloth diapering, babywearing and co-sleeping has been a way of life for almost a decade now
I don't separate and I have not noticed a difference.
Priority 1 is keeping everything washed and dried. They can always paw through the clean pile for something to wear.
oh, and just don't wash it if it's not dirty... like adult/teen pants and sweatshirts can get a couple wearings. Give everyone their own towel hanger so they aren't a one-time use. Switch to thinner or smaller towels -- not giant fluffy bath sheets.
I'm wishing upon a star for an Alice to save me from the laundry monster in my basement. To this day, my mother (who only had 2 kids, btw) insists that I would be able to stay caught up if I would "just do 2 or 3 loads a day". Um, yeah. That's what it takes to keep everyone in clean clothes every day. She's not allowed to even *peek* into my basement when she visits.
I either fold laundry in the morning while oldest is at Kindy and the other two are playing quietly, or dh and I fold together at night while we watch something on TV. I am rarely on top of the laundry - thank goodness my kids have lots of hand-me-downs! (They have way more clothes than I do) I also make sure that anything that they're wearing that isn't dirty goes back in their drawer at the end of the day. This alone has cut down on my amount of laundry significantly.
Does anyone use a clothesline? Dh will be setting one up for me this summer, and I'm really excited! It'll definitely cut our electricity bill...
As I understand it, there are two schools of thought on this. I have a friend with 12 children who swears by washing laundry one day a week. She devotes the entire day to it, and carries around an egg timer to remind her to go put in the next load. I prefer to do a little every day, typically three loads a day. One thing we both agree on is that you must fold the clothes as they come out of the dryer, and put them away immediately, to prevent Mt. Folds-A-Lot from piling up!
I heartily recommend the book Lord, Please Meet Me In The Laundry Room, written by said friend-with-12-kids, Barbara Curtis. It's an awesome take on using laundry time as prayer time, and other mothering topics.
For a while, I was doing really well and was WAY closer to being caught up, then I think we had family come in, so I stopped, and totally lost the inertia. My problem is really with just getting all folded, and if I don't then it's wrinkled, so I fluff it again then forget, etc. Ack! I so hate that. I am really, really hoping that I don't get too far behind now with being pg. I mean, further behind.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
I rarely separate loads, but I do if it is a new article of clothing or something special. I also use an indoor clothes line that spans the length of my laundry room. I live in Seattle, so outdoor ones aren't a good investment
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