Okay, I don’t need any smart alecky remarks telling me to pile it up and sit on it. My husband beat you to it!
Having a big family- there always seems to be so much laundry. How do you keep it under control? Here are my three main goals:
- A minimal amount of clothing
- Wear something more than once
- Pick tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched
Brian and I have both gone through our clothing, so our wardrobe is quite limited. We dress simply and have a fairly minimal amount of clothes. We wash clothes about once a week, 2 loads- one light, one dark.
With my little ones, I do limit clothing. They have enough to last 5 days. When they change to PJs at night, they have to put their clothes in the washer. They do not have hampers.
During the day we toss in towels, washrags and cloth napkins. The washer is run, either when it is full or when someone needs to wash a load of their own clothes. Typically it gets washed at least once a day, in the afternoon. We pile the clean clothes on the couch and sort them right away. The little ones are in charge of folding wash rags, cloth napkins and putting their clothes away.
80% belonging to one person
15% household laundry
5% small children’s laundry
I keep one set spare sheets for the older boys (twin), so they rotate washing sheets, or just wash and put back on the same day. I have one spare set for the master bedroom and then 3 spare mattress covers/sheets for the toddler beds. There have been times when I have had to strip the same bed several times during the night, so I don’t want to be caught without sheets for them.
And as I mention when I discussed Family Organization: Mark a “dot” on the tags in birth order. Oldest child has 1 dot, 2nd child has 2 dots, 3rd child as 3 dots, etc. If something is passed down, you can just add another dot to the tag. People who don’t dress the kids regularly can easily sort out who’s is who’s.
How do you stay on top of the laundry at your house? Leave a comment and give me your suggestions!