Tell that laundry pile GOODBYE!
I’ve successfully been doing 1 load of laundry per day for the last 6ish months. It’s amazing not to have the laundry to-do pressures weighing on your shoulders. We are a family of 5 with 2 girls who have been known to change clothes up to 12 times a day (NOT JOKING!) and a newborn. We are also a paper towel/napkin free home so we use a drawer full of hand towels towels in about 2 days.
1. Get rid of all the laundry hampers throughout your home and keep only 1 hamper beside your washing machine to hold dirty items such as curtains, sheets and blankets or special wash items. When that hamper gets full wash it, meaning you may was 2 loads in one day every so often. Mr. B’s clothng requires baby detergent so his room contains a basket collecting his dirty clothes which I was once it gets full.
2. THE BIGGEST TIP: When you have dirty clothes don’t throw them in a hamper or on the floor, immediately put them to the washing machine. TRAIN YOUR FAMILY TO DO THIS! Yes, this means I do not separate laundry into piles (whites, colors, jeans, etc.) and no, I have never noticed a difference in our clothing. Immediately start the washing machine when you have a full load, when it’s done washing immediately transfer to the dryer so that you can start filling your washing machine once again.
3. Fold your washed and dried laundry the day you wash it to avoid it piling up. I promise a basket full of laundry takes 5 minutes to fold and 3 minutes to put away. That’s not even 10 minutes of your day!
4. Use the same towel from getting out of the shower for 2-3 days then wash that towel and get another. Doing this will cut down on your daily laundry dramatically.
5. Stick to these tips! Follow through and you will always be laundry stress free.
My laundry room always looks like this, where as before sometimes it was tough to even get the door opened.
Oh, and I couldn’t tell you the last time I had to add a sock to the missing sock bag. Immediately tossing the laundry into the washing machine has eliminated our missing sock issue.
Miss Grace started her first year of the AWANA program in Puggles this year. One of her lessons was “God Made Grass!” In class they planted grass seed in soil in a Dixie cup to bring home and take care of. Miss Grace just babied her grass always making sure she watered it and that the blinds were open for it to get sunlight.
& it began growing & growing until her grass needed to be cut. What better way for a toddler to practice using scissors?
This is an easy hands on activity engaging my toddler to be responsible for taking care of her grass and practicing her scissor skills. So, plant some grass!
I’ve got big plans for some indoor grass growing here soon 😉
I posted the below pictures to my personal FB earlier today and before I knew it my cell was buzzing with texts from friends asking many questions about my kids & chores. What are my suggestions? Are they rewarded with pay? What do your kid’s do by themselves?
Miss Grace, almost 2yrs.
Little Miss, almost 4yrs.
So I compiled a list of things my girls have helped me with for quite sometime and the newest chores that are now their responsibility.
Typically my girls help me by:
folding wash rags, picking up their rooms, swiffering- that’s a great chore because the regular swiffers can be lowered to kid size by taking out one of the links to the pole, vacuuming with a handheld vacuum (they make a mess, they know to get the handheld) & gathering laundry from each room and carrying it to the laundry room.
I usually help them load the clothes into the dryer, but after today that seems like the perfect job for Miss Grace to do on her own, she loved the independence. It was Little Miss’s first time unloading the dishwasher by herself; I did unload all knives and glass first. She did buck heads with me on doing this chore by herself, but eventually did it willingly. I think that will be a daily chore for her from now on!
I do not reward my children for chores with surprises or pay. I do not want my kids growing up thinking every time they complete a responsibility there will be a materialistic reward. Instead I reward them with excessive praise. I’m kinda like their personal cheerleader 😉
What does you children’s chore list look like?