Friday, April 29, 2016

A New Laundry System for Us

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For my entire married life, I've had a laundry day. One day each week in which I did it all. Of course when my first daughter came along she had this little projectile vomiting habit that meant I did random loads of laundry as necessity demanded... but still, the bulk happened all in one day. We added our son two years later, and still laundry day held fast.

This worked swimmingly until baby number three cane along. For some unknown reason my nice tidy laundry day became unmanageable. I had endless overflowing baskets of clean laundry sitting wrinkled around the house. We would fish for sundry clothing items as we needed them, strewing piles of once clean laundry across the floor.

Next week's laundry day would come all too quick and I'd still have a pile of wrinkly unfolded clean clothes from last week.

I don't know what it was about that third baby, but it was the straw that broke this laundry woman's back.

My old stand by system just wasn't working for me, and I needed something that did work. Because drowning in piles of clean wrinkly laundry isn't the way I want to go.

I remember Fly Lady saying "a load a day keeps Mt. Washmore at bay," and so I decided to give it a try. Praise the Lord, it works marvelously for me!

I bought a laundry sorter that holds four loads- one for whites, one for lights, one for colors, one for darks, and I use our old hamper for towels and jeans. As dirty clothes are shed, I sort them accordingly.

Now each morning, usually as close to first thing as possible, I pick whichever bag is the fullest and throw it in the wash. Ideally I have the load washed, dried, folded and put away by lunch time... but sometimes I only get to folding and putting away after the kids are in bed for the night.

It's a beautiful thing.

I don't know how long it will work for me. But I'm no longer drowning in piles. We have clean laundry exactly where it should be when we need it {usually...}. And it requires very little thought or effort on my part.

What works for you when it comes to laundry? Has your system changed over the seasons of life?

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