But first. There is the laundry. People, I need help. Laundry is consuming me. There is always something to wash, fold, or put away (usually there are ALL of those things). I need a new system, because my current one is so not working, and it's affecting my mood and making me feel like everything in my house is behind.
Lately I've taken to "interviewing" everyone (especially those with large families) I run into about how they handle laundry. I'm seeking ideas, advice, inspiration. I have had a few ideas of my own, everything from getting more baskets and hampers, creating a laundry schedule, and even remodeling my laundry room to create more space, or even to add a second washer/dryer set.
Okay, so here's my current system (or lack thereof).
No bedrooms have hampers. All dirty clothes are to go straight into the laundry room (which is upstairs, by the bedrooms) in the appropriate hamper. I have three hampers. One for towels. one for "baby clothes" (Emma, Isaiah and Noah). One for "adult clothes" (Brian, me and Biniam). Also one little one for cloth diapers (I am so over that, by the way).
This current system usually results in lots of dirty clothes in bedrooms (except Biniam, he's really good) since there are no hampers and certain people (pretty much all of us who can walk) are too lazy to walk all the way to the laundry room. Also, when the clothes do make it into the hampers, they fill up extremely fast - not surprising with three people to a hamper. So then I get three full hampers, but I still need to sort out the whites and colors. Only I've recently taken to washing ALL the whites together (adult and baby) so I have two hampers to sort through, just to get one load started. You can see there is just a little room for improvement here...
Next, the clean/dry clothes go into a basket to await folding. Except I usually never have time to fold right away, so the "clean" basket becomes more of a mountain. The basket sits right outside my bedroom door. Last week things were so bad I literally had to climb UP the mountain just to get into my room.
Once clothes do get folded, which is usually while the little kids are napping, they get placed neatly outside the sleeping kids' rooms. In theory, as soon as the kids are awake the clothes would get put away. But in reality, once the kids wake up they are hungry, or we need to go some where, so we just walk over the once-neat piles. Sometimes it takes two or three days for me to get around to putting the clothes away, so for the better part of the week my hallway is trashed with clean (but slightly stepped on) clothes.
And of course once things get put away the cycle has already started again and things are already stacking up.
I took some pictures today to demonstrate a semi-caught-up laundry day.
This isn't too bad. You can see some floor and counter space.
Only one basket waiting to be folded.
So, as you can see, I need help! Send me your ideas!