4 Top Tips for Doing Laundry and Keeping Your Family Presentable
There are five stages to tackling Mount-Never-Rest. In keeping your family presentable, the laundry must be, sorted, washed, dried, folded, and returned to the owner or the room where the item is stored. Keeping up on these tasks can be a monumental daily accomplishment that sure feels great when you have moved that mountain.
Here are some tips that have helped me through those
- Make a chore system for your children and assign one child (8 years old and older) to fold the laundry. I am particular about how the laundry is folded, yet I found, that (mostly) you can teach children these skills. It prepares them for life by teaching work ethics and skills that can be used later.
- Have the child place the clothes for each family member on a pile and line them up from oldest member of the family to the youngest.
- A child of about 5 years old and older is usually capable of taking those piles of clothes to each family member’s room and placing them on the dresser or bed. Because the piles are placed from oldest to youngest it is easy for the child to know who’s clothes they are and where to take them. This minimizes a person’s clothes ending up in the wrong room (it happens!!)
- When my children were all little (like 11 down to newborn) I sorted the clothes, darks and lights, but rarely if ever treated for stains. If you immediately take a wash cloth and get the stain wet, you don’t normally need expensive stain removers. The washing machine does the rest of the work removing the stain.
When your laundry is caught up daily (pretty much) not only is it a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, but it helps to elevate your outlook. Like a pile of dirty dishes in the sink in the morning, piles of stinky mildewy laundry is nothing but a continual discouragement.
I have visited friends who have a fantastic system for their laundry with stacked baskets for each family member. The baskets are filled to overflowing with dirty clothes from who knows what week, the stains setting in the clothes as they wait. If this is you and you are struggling in this area, you will be amazed at how doing your laundry daily can diminish loads of laundry. Involve your children and teach them responsibility while you’re at it. If social media and reading blogs is keeping you from your housework, reward yourself with visiting blogs once you are done or set a timer and then do some laundry.
You can do it!!
Do you have a laundry system that works for you? What can you add to my suggestions to keep the conversation going?
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