I have laundry issues.
Issue #1 – I don’t like washing it
Issue #2 – I don’t like hanging it out to dry
Issue #3 – I don’t like bringing it in when it is dry
Issue #4 – I don’t like folding it
Issue #5 – I really don’t like putting it away.
Ok so I just don’t like doing laundry, does anyone?? The problem with this is, I like wearing clean clothes and I like my children and husband to wear clean clothes. So I am on a mission to try and get on top of my laundry and find a system to help me stay that way.
I have been pondering this for a few weeks now. Yes, I always think about working before I actually do any work, don’t you? But in all seriousness – we’ve had a run of cold rainy days, with the good sunny drying days being days that I couldn’t get in and wash like a mad woman, so the right moment hasn’t actually arisen to finally get to the bottom of our many laundry baskets. Procrastination? Yes!
I have been managing to keep my head above water though, and almost do a load a day to stay that way, which is a lot better than my normal routine of trying to pretend the great mountain of washing doesn’t exist until the only clean undies in the house belong to the Twinadoes and I am contemplating if I could squeeze my big bum into them to save doing a load. So really, I have been doing good! After an enlightening laundry discussion on the parenting forum I hang out on I have, however, been inspired to do better.
We have several laundry baskets (big ones) so we can almost contain the masses of dirty clothes our family of five manages to create day after day. My Mum bought us a nifty double basket with a lid (thanks Mum) so I can sort lights and darks and keep it semi organised….well I try. In the past my goal has always been to wash a load every day and keep on top of it that way, but perhaps having two or three days a week where I wash everything would be better?
Now I really need help with this one. Mostly I just dump clothes into the machine, chuck in some powder (we use ‘lectirc powder because it doesn’t make anyone itch, it’s good for our clear water septic and it is cheap!) and wash. Sometimes though the clothes don’t come out real clean, and the girls are kind of messy so if I did some kind of ‘pre wash stain remover thing’ before chucking the clothes in would that reclaim some of the painted on, slurped on clothes?
We don’t have a drier, well we do but we don’t have a laundry in this house (just a trough and a washing machine tucked in next to the back door – and yes it is nightmare!) so we have no where to put one, so it is in the shed and never used. We never had a drier growing up and I only had our drier for a few months in our old house before we moved so I don’t really miss it – but yes you can all die of shock now. How do we get the clothes dry you ask? The old fashioned way…. I hang them out on the hills hoist washing line out the back, or on a make shift washing line strung up under the back veranda h. Most often the second option as then Muski can go in the baby swing next to me while I do it. If it is freezing or rainy or blowing a gale (or all of the above) we can hang a load and a half on these nifty drying racks that then get hoisted up into the ceiling space above the wood fire heater. No wonder I don’t like it!
I am trailing the ‘don’t leave the pegs on the line’ thing after discovering that there are people out there who are shocked and dismayed at my lack of love for my pegs. (yes I am serious!) I am not sure if this is any faster but it might be, once I get used to it. The tip of hanging a row larger items over the line and them coming back to peg them all at once is a gem if it is not too windy.
Folding and Putting Away
This is the part that I really don’t like… and this is why there is not only mountains of dirty clothes in our house but mountains of clean clothes too. They seem to make it as far as a basket in the dining room and no further!
We got the twinadoes new ‘child friendly’ storage for their clothes not long ago with the idea that they could then choose their own clothes and also help put them away, which has been successful if they are in a mood to co-operate. But the rest of the household’s washing pretty much falls to me to put away and bah… boring!
I have this idea if we reduced the amount of clothes and towels and bedding we owned that there’d be less of it to wash and put away – but I guess in actual fact unless we actually wear less it won’t change the quota much. Though I do feel if we got rid of stuff we didn’t use/wear then there would be more room to store clothes etc and that would make it easier to put them all away. Currently I have to shove towels into our tiny linen cupboard (that is another problem with this house, no laundry and no storage either!) Just the thought of the basket of towels I have waiting for me now is enough to make me decide never to wash again!
Have you all noticed that I haven’t mentioned ironing yet? That is because on the whole I don’t iron. Ironing takes up too much time, and having wrinkle free clothes is over rated anyway, plus I am not very good at ironing. Generally I only iron for weddings or funerals, or other really really special occasions.
So you see, I am laundry-ly challenged. If the weather stays dry, in the next three days it is my goal to get to the bottom of all laundry baskets. Washed, dried AND put away. Help!
Surely there must be some laundry gurus out there who can help? What is your hot tip for staying sane and not spending your whole life washing clothes?
Before I go I just wanted to link you all up to a new blog I found the other day – Planning with Kids. I am fast falling in love with this blog because of this Melbourne Mum’s down to earth advice and tips to make everyday life with a family a little more manageable. So head on over and say hello to Nicole – tell her the Laundry-ly challenged Picklebum Mum sent you!