Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Laundry

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 6:24 AM
I never knew how much laundry would dominate my life! With a household of five I do between 6-8 loads a week. I'm learning to combine things a little better and stuff loads, which helps with the actual number, but doesn't change the amount to fold, hang, and put away. I've tried various methods - one a day, only putting an extra load in when the one out of the dryer is put a way - but right now I've settled on the laundry day, where everything gets done in one (or two) days.

That isn't always enough, however. For added fun this week I decided it was time to switch out my youngest's clothes. She's 23 months and starting to potty train herself, so there really was a slight need. She's growing out of some of her 18 month clothes and I needed to find the training panties I knew were with the 24 month/2T clothes. In the meantime I found several bags of clothes where I had thrown items as the girls have grown out of them. That means there are a few things of every size (from 12 months to 6) all jumbled together. I hate finding a cute outfit that wasn't with the right size after it's been grown out of (and it's easier to make the switch if everything's together.)

So now my den has been taken over by clothes. It's very overwhelming looking at the mountains of clothes everywhere, but I sit down and take it piece by piece. It's something that needs to be done, and I thank God for the more than generous supplies we have for our children. I know with baby number 4 on the way I'll start the every 3 month clothing turn over again soon, and will probably be overwhelmed with laundry again with tons of baby clothes (little, yes, but there's so many with babies that cover outfits with spit up and/or have a blow out at least once a day), summer laundry (towels, swim suits, etc.), and all the regular stuff. When that happens I'll just have to come back to this post, and remind myself that it doesn't last forever - and one day they'll be old enough to do it all on their own! (yes, they are in training.)

2 comments on "Laundry"

Anonymous said...

This is a good chore to teach children. Jordan does all our laundry and gets paid extra allowance for doing the laundry. The kids were doing dishes at age 5.
Lynne

Mary Q Contrarie on May 7, 2009 at 5:51 PM said...

It is great that you are teaching your kids how to do laundry. I know that laundry often seems overwhelming but it is a great opportunity to teach them about conservation. By simply switching to a clothes drying rack you can save anywhere from 6-10% of your household energy cost.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Laundry

I never knew how much laundry would dominate my life! With a household of five I do between 6-8 loads a week. I'm learning to combine things a little better and stuff loads, which helps with the actual number, but doesn't change the amount to fold, hang, and put away. I've tried various methods - one a day, only putting an extra load in when the one out of the dryer is put a way - but right now I've settled on the laundry day, where everything gets done in one (or two) days.

That isn't always enough, however. For added fun this week I decided it was time to switch out my youngest's clothes. She's 23 months and starting to potty train herself, so there really was a slight need. She's growing out of some of her 18 month clothes and I needed to find the training panties I knew were with the 24 month/2T clothes. In the meantime I found several bags of clothes where I had thrown items as the girls have grown out of them. That means there are a few things of every size (from 12 months to 6) all jumbled together. I hate finding a cute outfit that wasn't with the right size after it's been grown out of (and it's easier to make the switch if everything's together.)

So now my den has been taken over by clothes. It's very overwhelming looking at the mountains of clothes everywhere, but I sit down and take it piece by piece. It's something that needs to be done, and I thank God for the more than generous supplies we have for our children. I know with baby number 4 on the way I'll start the every 3 month clothing turn over again soon, and will probably be overwhelmed with laundry again with tons of baby clothes (little, yes, but there's so many with babies that cover outfits with spit up and/or have a blow out at least once a day), summer laundry (towels, swim suits, etc.), and all the regular stuff. When that happens I'll just have to come back to this post, and remind myself that it doesn't last forever - and one day they'll be old enough to do it all on their own! (yes, they are in training.)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a good chore to teach children. Jordan does all our laundry and gets paid extra allowance for doing the laundry. The kids were doing dishes at age 5.
Lynne

Mary Q Contrarie said...

It is great that you are teaching your kids how to do laundry. I know that laundry often seems overwhelming but it is a great opportunity to teach them about conservation. By simply switching to a clothes drying rack you can save anywhere from 6-10% of your household energy cost.

 

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