Laundry piled in a humungous heap is like a volcano called Mount-Never-Rest!!
I’ve shared how to makeover your laundry room and I’ve also shared how to keep your family presentable. Wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on the wall of an experienced mommy who somewhat keeps Mount-Never-Rest from erupting without it succumbing to mildew?
Not to disappoint you or anything, but my laundry is never ever done!! Just as soon as I thought all our laundry was done and stacked in 9 neat piles for each member of our family, someone would throw something stinky in the laundry! It never fails.
How to keep Mount-Never-Rest from erupting
My Gramma Watson most likely used to do laundry once a week back in 1908 when she was a newlywed. They wore their clothes longer and likely did not have the size wardrobe that we have now. Besides, if I were hand washing every single item of clothing, I’m sure we’d wear them more than one day too.
Modern appliances make life easier in many ways and yet we complicate matters by creating more work for ourselves. Now we must be vigilant or our dear children will switch clothes at the drop of a clothes pin. There is no way that families had the piles of clothing available for their children to wear 100 years ago, so today, we must have a system that works or the mountain of laundry will never give us rest!
So, how did I manage all the laundry with NINE at Home?
No hampers in bedrooms or bathrooms
No dirty clothes stashed behind doors or under beds
Each child was taught from the time they could walk to toddle to the laundry area with dirty clothes in hand.
Clothes dumped in laundry baskets next to machines
All laundry washed daily (more than 1 load a day keeps chaos away)
All laundry folded daily
Place laundry in piles starting with oldest family member to youngest
A child 5 years old or older can carry each pile to the family member’s room and place it on their dresser (bed is NOT a good idea since some children will get in bed and knock the pile over. It is unreasonable to believe that children will miraculously just ‘happen’ to put their clothes away.)
Ironing – So who irons? I do! If you iron clothes, make a designated place to hang clothes up to be ironed. An older child can have the responsibility of ironing the family’s clothes. This is a good skill to have that teaches diligence and good work ethics. If your children are little, you can iron them yourself. I ironed my family’s clothes when they were little and it did not happen most often for a whole month! Fortunately I had a closet that hid them from view. Just saying that my life is real.
Children can be taught to wash clothes but I preferred that the actual washing was my responsibility for most of those years of raising children. That way, the job was done without surprises that the laundry was forgotten or clothes ruined.
I have read many reviews of the methods used to wash clothes in different families. Ultimately, you must find what works best for you.
I have seen where children are responsible for doing their own laundry and where that ought to work, it tends to be disastrous for a large family. Too many people are using the laundry area and it is a mess.
Children by nature are mostly not diligent as they are in training. For me it was easier to oversee them doing part of the task than overseeing multiple children completing the whole task. That will come easily enough in their late teens and early twenties.
Doing the laundry doesn’t take rocket science! Older children are working, going to college, and involved in outside activities and I preferred to serve them and make life easier. I wanted their hearts too.
So, tell me, what works for your family? My suggestions just might not work in your unique situation. So what works for you?