Thursday, December 1, 2016

Saving Time with Laundry

Sort laundry: If you have many people in your family, I highly recommend getting multiple dirty clothes hampers. One for each person in the family. Then teach them how to do their own laundry. If a child can pull a laundry basket on a string, they can use a stool and put laundry in the wash. They can turn buttons and they can turn it on. This is a necessary skill that everyone needs!

Consistency: Instead of doing laundry one long horrible day, do laundry a load at a time throughout the week. When I worked full-time outside of the home, I did a laundry load at dinner and put it in the dryer at night. This also helps babies sleep with noise and makes them sleep deeply. (Perks!) In my home, we are all home more than we're away. This allows us to keep laundry going. We have a timer to help remember to get the clothes out of the dryer (it's in a barn outside of the house, so it's easy to forget).

CULL: When the weather changes, I notice that laundry gets to be out of control. Why is this? We have two seasons colliding. It's not quite warm and not quite cold, so you've got short sleeve shirts, sweaters, skirts and whatnot. It can get overwhelming. Sort the clothes that you like but can't wear right now and take them out of your closet. Put them in your attic or somewhere they can't ruin. If clothes don't fit properly or have tears, decide if you can get them fixed within 24hours. If you don't have the time or money to get them fixed, throw them out or repurpose them. (Make warm bedding for stray animals, cut up and use for rags, etc...) Once the season is in full swing, you should only have the necessary clothes for that appropriate time. Don't keep things that you haven't worn in 6 months. If you don't wear it, someone else might. That's why we have thrift stores and clothing closets. This is a great lesson for kids.

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