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Time Week 1 (Sorta A Fail)

I really don’t know what I was thinking.  I am mother of a 5 year old, a SUPER adventurous 19 month old and a brand new baby.  Did I really think that in one week I would be a better time manager just like that?!?!  Every day I’m being pulled in a million different directions (as I’m sure you are) and there are days where I don’t get a single thing done on “the list”.  

However, time was on my mind a lot since I posted about it last week.  I started to look at what I actually do during the day verses what actually needs to happen.  I am spending way too much time doing housework.  Granted, everything that I am doing NEEDS to be done.  We need clean dishes to eat off of.  We need sanitary bathrooms.  We need clean clothes to wear.  I am spending too much consecutive time on housework is more like it.  

I don’t need to be standing at the sink for 45 minutes doing all the dishes because I’ve let them pile up.  And I certainly don’t need to be sitting on the couch for more than an hour fold clothes like I did last night.

Does this picture resemble your laundry?  Yours might be better or worse, but I forgot that with each baby you have, you might as well double your current laundry load.  This picture isn’t even all of it.  I let it go thinking, “Oh, tomorrow I’ll get to it.”  Well, tomorrow means that I add another 5 more outfits, to the mix.  Not to mention burp rags, blankets and towels.  So, not only did it take me over an hour to fold and separate all of this, but I still have to put it in drawers and hang most of it up!  YIKES!

It’s not always like this.  I have been on top of it before.  So, I’m determined to do it again with a better strategy to get back some of my time…some of my life.  Each hamper that we have in the house, when full, is the perfect load amount for my washer and dryer.  When that hamper is full, I will promise myself that I will immediately put that load in to wash.  The moment I hear the washer stop I will immediately put that load into dry.  And the best part yet, I will actually turn on the buzzer.  It will only take me a few minutes to fold and put it all away.  Sounds good?  Sounds good!

What are your laundry tips and tricks?  How do you do it all?

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    June 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    holy cow, i hate laundry. i totally ignore it as long as i can and then become overwhelmed on the day i actually do tackle it. i like your plan! it'll totally work. lately, i've been having the kids unload their small laundry baskets, usually on wednesday, into a big one in the laundry room. then i wash whatever is in that big basket. then i do that again the next day with the adult clothes. also, i have started folding immediately after bringing the clothes up from the dryer. otherwise, it just sits in my room til it's worn and needs to be washed again. i'm giving way too much away about my awful habits…but it's true! ha! we can attempt to tackle the laundry together! 🙂

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    June 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I'm terrible when it comes to laundry. I purposely purchased my husband a two week stash worth of underwear so I wouldn't feel "pressured" to do laundry so much, but he's said one too many times to me this month, "Babe, I don't have any underwear". DOH! If I had any advice to give, I would practice it myself, as it stands, I'm a terrible example! 😉

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    Kara Miller
    June 7, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Laundry. Ugh! I like washing and drying, but the folding and putting away is the WORST! I have baskets of folded laundry in my room right now. Just sitting there. I've read that doing one complete load of laundry a day (washing & putting away) will help keep the piles down. I'm seriously lacking in that department!

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    Adena (aka cre82learn)
    June 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I don't mind laundry too much but I have to pretty much do 2 loads daily to stay on top of it. We are a family of 7. Unfortunately, my dryer died so now I am only able to wash as fast as I can dry on the clothesline. And this is Florida summer which means we get a downpour daily. It took 3 days for my last load to dry!! When you kids get older, it helps for them to be assigned a day and do their own laundry and one load of towels.

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    June 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

    When I'm good (I preface it because I would not want you to get the idea I'm on top of it all the time), I do 2 loads a day and one day a week it's more like 4 or 5. That keeps it manageable. Also, I do my best to always fold it right away, I definitely never remove it from the dryer without folding. If for some reason it's sat in the dryer, a damp towel for 10 minutes or so on low is great at dewrinkling. I don't mind washing or folding so much, though it's definitely not my favorite, but I hate to put it away, so I rope my hubby and my older kids into doing that as much as possible.

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    June 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Most of all, be patient with yourself and your situation. This is a season and it will pass and things will get easier.

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    micki @ ADD housewife
    June 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Ummm you have too many clothes! Whenever it gets out of control like that, I take a step back and see what's being worn vs what is being dumped on the floor looking for what they want to wear. We really only have two seasons here, so I pack up the winter stuff and swap out for the summer. The boys really only NEED one outfit for church. One white shirt and one pair of pants.

    I have 6 kids and I dry mine on the clothesline. I love doing this because as soon as I pull it off the line, it gets folded.

    I do two loads a day to keep up. And I make my kids do their own 😛 but I have big kids. the little ones help take stuff off the line (whether i like it or not!)

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    June 11, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I'm no help because my pile almost always fills up our king size bed….and we only have 3 people in our house.

    One thing that really helps me, is my husband and I will take a weekend day and just knock it all out (only if it gets too bad) and makes it go much faster.

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