This is a post for 31 Days about making it as a mom. Check out the intro post if this is your first time here!
Today, we're tackling the laundry pile! Who's excited?!
In all seriousness, laundry is something we all have to deal with all the time. So let's make it doable!
When I started parenting and our family went from two people to five overnight, laundry was something that had to change (along with remembering to feed people on a regular schedule!). I started with one "laundry day" per week, in which I did all of the laundry. All. Of. The. Laundry. By the end of the day, I was still hustling wet clothes through the dryer and had an absolute mountain of clothes blocking the way to my bed. I hated laundry day every week. It had to go.
For several years now, I've had a laundry schedule that involves doing one load per day: washed, dried, and put away. This is doable, especially if I remember to get it started in the morning. My ten-year-old has the chore of sorting the kid laundry and getting it to the right room, so I'm extra motivated to have the load done and ready for her after school!
In case you are ever so interested, here's my laundry schedule for our seven-person family:
Thursday: Towels, one set of sheets
Friday: Big kid laundry*
Sunday: Reds (and darks if needed)
*In the summer, our big kids (13 and 10) do their own laundry. In the school year, I run their loads through the wash during the day and they put them away later. I started having the big kids do their laundry separately because I was tired of one kid "forgetting" which clothes were hers when she put the laundry away and perpetually wearing bootylicious shorts that belonged to a younger child. True story. Also, I want them to be functional adults. Obviously.
How do you keep everyone in clean (enough) clothes? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!