Are you feeling overwhelmed with Laundry, Dishes, and Floors? Well I am here to tell you, you are not alone. As you probably know I have two small children, but I am going to let you in on a little secret. I struggled with these 3 chores and more before I had kids. It wasn’t until this year 2020, go figure, that I figured something out on how to manage these chores. I am still working on the others and when I get that figure out I’ll update you. The next couple of posts will be like a series or chapters of how I tackled these 3 chores on a daily basis.
Let’s start with Laundry! I know, I know! Ugh, Laundry! Yes, I am going to go there!! Not only do we have several loads of clothes a week, but there are towels, sheets, blankets from the couch, dog beds, and rugs. I think B.C. (Before Children) I calculated 15 loads of laundry a week. Yes, 15! Before Children! So make that probably 20 now!!!!
Here is my solution. Yes, I do have a solution. A few years ago I found a fellow blogger on Pinterest, A Bowl Full of Lemons. After checking out her organization challenge I started following her on Instagram. She does one laod of laundry a day. I would always get so jealous because she had it together and I didnt. So I set out to do this, One Load a Day! Well, I didnt do so well at first. I would gather my one load, put it in the washer, get busy, and forget about it for several hours. I would then have to rewash this same load at least one more time. One day I loaded the washer the night before and used the delay start feature to have it finish aroud the time I planned on waking up. I would wake up and the laundry would be washed and all I would have to do was throw it in the dryer. By doing this simple prep the night before I was able to start my day feeling accomplished.
But wait, there’s more!
Folding and putting it away!! I know for some, lets face it, for most of us, this is the hardest part. Fortunately for me this is the easyist part. No, I do not enjoy it, but years ago I developed a method that works very well for me and then just adapted it to my new one load a day routine.
If I do not do another load through out the day, I turn the dryer on to fluff while I prep the next days delayed start load. After the kids go to bed I put on a tv show and I fold the clothes. I fold them in piles as they would be put away. I then place them back in the laundry basket so they are easy to carry to the bedroom they belong in. The next day, I put away the folded clothes.
Yes, I know, the math is off. I said at the begining I have about 20 loads a week and this only covers 7. Well I really only use this method for clothes. The other loads I do during the day as a second load. I sometimes even use the delay start on this load as well because I know I will be gone or it is nap time and I lay down with the kids. This is not a fool proof method but it is what is working for me and keeping the mounds of laundry to a smile pile. Yes, there are some weeks I play catch up because I missed a couple of days. But again, this keeps me from feeling overwhelmed.
I also wanted to talk to you about your detergent. I was using a name brand laundry POD that I loved. It smelled good but I was having to still add other things to the machine to assit this POD. I did some research on eco friendly brands. I was struggling finding one that smelled good and didnt cost a fortune and was easy to get to the house, they were out of stock everywhere. I stumbled across Dropps. They are a laundry detergent that is in POD form and they ship for free to your door. You can select how many loads you do and what size family you have and bam with in 2-4 days your laundry pods are at your door. Eco friendly biodegradable packaging and they clean your clothes while smelling great but not over powering. Do yourself a favor and try them out. I use the Clean Scent laundry detergent and scent booster with fabric softener. http://dropps.com
Also be sure to check out Toni over at abowlfulloflemons.com She does a 14 week deep clean and declutter challenge every year and is so inspiring to keep a clean house.
I hope this post motivates you to try something new and accomplish great things even if its just your smaller pile of laundry.
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