Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Works for Me Wednesday
This is my first WFMW, I have loved reading other blogs that do it so I thought I would join in on the fun!
I am sure that everyone has a system in how they conquer "Mount Laundry" that collects at their house! I have a system that involves getting my kids in helping to care for the laundry. I have it where each of the kids' rooms has its own laundry "basket"(I use plastic milk crates) for dirty laundry. Each day it is the responsibility of my 4yo to collect the dirty laundry from each of the rooms and put it into the big hamper that I store/use in the master bedroom closet. Then I bring the hamper down to the laundry room and sort it into two baskets. If it is a laundry day then I use the washer as another "basket" so that a load can be started.
Once the laundry is all washed and dried, it needs to be folded and put away! I have a laundry folding table that has 5 small plastic baskets from the dollar store for each of my kids. When I fold the clean laundry, the kids' clothes get put into their respective basket and they are responsible for taking care of it! Whenever they come to me and say "I don't have any socks!". My response is, "Have you taken care of your basket?". More times than not, they will find a full basket and socks are in there for them.
Usually the rest of the folded laundry is up to me to take care of it. However, I am working at training them to help take care of the rest of the items that end up folded on the table so that the table is stacked with clothes ALL week long! I am also training my older boys to work the wash machine and dryer!
So this is what works for me in in conquering "Mount Laundry". It is what has worked best for me with having 5 kids. Sometimes I wonder if I could do it a better way! Hummm...wonder what I could change?!
So what is your system? Is there something you would change about how you do laundry? Do you find yourself buried in mountains of laundry?
For other WFMW tips/posts, head over to Rocks in my Dryer.