Thanks for joining me for this weeks edition of Help for Growing Families. As a seasoned mom of my 5 Pirates and my little Princess, I have learned a few tricks along the way. But, I haven’t forgotten the frustration of not knowing any older ladies who were willing to share their hard earned wisdom and practical tips.
If you have written a post with wonderful hints or helpful practical tips for younger (or not) moms please link up here in my Mr. Linky (below).
I love reading all of your great tips on how to handle a large family. I am always happy to learn a more efficient way to do ….um, anything concerning family life.
Here’s my 2 cents worth.
My Laundry Methods
I do laundry every day M – Sat.
- Monday- mine, hubby’s and The Princess’s clothing, plus one load of towels.
- Tuesday- 3 younger Pirates’ clothing, plus one load of towels.
- Wednesday- 2 older Pirates’ clothing, plus one load of towels.
- Thursday- bed linens, plus one… wanna guess? Yup, a load of towels.
- Friday- Shower curtain, plus, um, some towels.
- Saturday- One or two loads of jeans, plus, all together now, a partridge in a load of towels!
Now, when I say a load of towels, I am including all kitchen and bathroom wash cloths and towels.
We live in Texas where the sun shines 437 days a year, seems like. So, it’s a lot faster for me to hang my laundry on the line than to let it waste money in the electric dinosaur in my garage.
I don’t assign any part of the job to anyone, because they are all expected to help with every aspect of the job. I am the supervisor, they are the flunkys. I have them collect it and carry it to the washer for me.
When the washer is done, I snag the nearest Pirate to come carry the wet, and therefore heavy, clothes out to the back yard for me. I hang it up because I’m picky about how that part is done, and I really should get some form of exercise in my day.
Once it’s dry I fold it and bring it in. I sort it on my bed. Nice neat stacks of folded clothing, sorted by owner and clothing type. That makes it easy for them to put away their own items in the right drawers.
If you need help telling whose clothes are whose, go read my post titled Real Pirates Don’t Wear Polka Dots.
I also have the olders help with the youngers, so my involvement in the putting away is a lot less than it used to be. Someone has to inspect though. Because you don’t always get what you expect, but you usually do get what you inspect.
I realize I don’t have any earth-shaking, whiz bang methods. But ya never know. Someone may need info on this very method. And I want to impart to you, that if you are doing laundry all the time and you are wondering if that is normal, um, yeah, there’s lots of people in my house, and they insist on wearing clothes. Every day! And using a towel! And a wash cloth! So, yeah, there’s lots of laundry. You’re gonna need a plan.
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