For those of you who don’t know what my "laundry revelation" was… you can read about it here:
I posted that on Dec. 5th and kept track of how much laundry I did for 10 days and then stopped because I was getting compulsive about it LOL
I’ll give you a quick summary. First I will say that when I kept track I marked down details like whether it was white or colored, cloth diapers, blankets, etc. I’ll post the load amounts then explain a little more in detail. This laundry revelation has been the best thing to happen in our home, as far as housework is concerned, in a long time!!! It’s been a dream come true… and I am not exaggerating!
Just to give you someone else’s opinion… I got this email today and the link to this Mama’s blog. She had seen my post and decided to try it and this is what she has to say:
That really encouraged me to post my update!!! I am so glad that my idea can help others get control of their laundry issues!!! Raising children is hard enough… it’s nice when the homemaking end is made easier!
OK… here is a rundown of the first 10 days of my laundry minimalizing…
Day one – 2 medium loads and 1 large
Day two – 1 medium load and 1 large
Day three – 2 large loads and 1 medium load
Day four – washed only my cloth diapers and my son’s high chair cover
Day five – 1 large, 1 extra large, 1 medium and a comforter
Day six – 1 extra large load and 1 small load
Day seven – 1 extra large load and 1 medium cloth diaper load
Day eight – 2 extra large loads and a pair of snowpants
Day nine – 2 large loads
Day ten – 1 large load and washed baby’s high chair cover again
Now… mind you that at the end of the day ALL of my laundry is completely done… OR I don’t have enough for a full load. I WAS washing even small loads but just started trying to save the loads until they are larger by washing jammies AND clothes more often. I love waking up knowing there is barely anything in my laundry room to do!!!
I’ll just say that in the past few years I couldn’t go ONE day without doing laundry without having TONS of loads to do. Ever since I started using the "2 outfits-a-day" rule and organized all of our clothing… my life has been so easy when it comes to clothes!!! AND I found that my kids could care less if they wore the same outfit days in a row. If I wash them the night they take them off… they can wear them again in the morning and I save myself having to go upstairs to put things away!!
AND I started using this laundry bag (that I got at the "Christmas Tree Shop" for $5!) for all of their jammies…
I keep it in my Living Room (it even matches the wall color!) and when I bring up my laundry from the basement… I take all the kids clean jammies and throw them in. (UNfolded!! woo hoo) At the end of the day I don’t have to go upstairs… I just grab the jammies out of the bag and voila! So one load could be mostly jammies so my "folding" is very simple!!! I just throw the jammies in the co-ed bag, fold up the clothes for them to wear the next day (extra easy to pair up just a couple socks!!! instead of 4 million in one load!!!) and then I’m good to go!! I find I barely have to go upstairs during the day!! I used to go up and down and up and down putting clothes away!!!!!
When I do a white load of wash cloths and towels… I stack up the washcloths and never fold them. I made a spot in the bathroom where I just set the whole unfolded stack. Easy!
Just those little steps of not folding wash cloths or jammies has even made a huge difference in my time management!
So that is my success story!!! And if I have a down day or two when I slack a little… it is not utter chaos!!! I may have 1 or 2 extra loads to do that day (if I got lazy and snatched an outfit from the closet…hehe) but I can catch up with little effort!!! If I end up with more than 2 outfits in the kids drawers once I DO catch up… I just put away the extra couple things where they belong in the closet!
Make sure to comment if you decide to try this at your home!!! I promise… you will NOT regret it!!!!