In your Home and Homeschool
Habit #8 – Doing a Load of Laundry a Day
Laundry is the bane of most of your existence. Doing laundry requires several steps, and we often get busy with other tasks and forget about it. We also have too many clothes, and that makes it difficult to put the laundry away once it is finished.
Is dirty laundry sitting around your house mixed in with clean laundry? That is very common, especially in households with children. Add in a few pets, and you can have some yucky situations arise.
Establishing a daily laundry habit will help you maintain a cleaner and more organized home. Doing one load of laundry per day will help you stay on top of the laundry monster.
If you have a large family, you might have to do two or three loads per day.
Some of you put doing laundry off until someone (or everyone) runs out of clean clothes. Some of you do marathon wash days once a week.
What I have found is that it helps my home run smoother and look less cluttered if we do laundry daily. Each person has a laundry day. From age 12 and up, each person can do their own laundry. This is a necessary life skill. It does not have to be a chore or drudgery. It is a way to love yourself and care for yourself by having clean clothes in your drawers and closet.
Set up a simple system to help your family sort clothes. Provide dirty laundry bins in the bedroom or bathroom where your family changes clothes. Designate a dark bin, a white bin, and a towel (wet clothes) bin.
Teach your family how to empty their pockets and put their clothes in the correct bin. (You cannot believe the number of young adults who do not know how to sort laundry.)
When you are launching a new person in the adventure of doing laundry, teach them about the different cycles on the washer and dryer. Teach them about the different water settings. Teach them when to use bleach and when not to use bleach. Show them the appropriate amount of detergent to use.
When you start a load of laundry, use a timer or alarm on your phone to remind you to go back and switch the load to the dryer. When you switch the load, reset your alarm. When it’s time to go back to the dryer, be prepared to fold of hang the clothes up right then. This will save you some ironing time later.
Next, put that load of laundry away. Don’t leave it in the basket. Don’t pile it on your dresser, or chair, or treadmill. If you struggle with having room to put your clothes away, you need to declutter and let some clothes go.
Laundry does not have to be a mountain in your home. It can be managed and done daily to help you achieve a cleaner and more organized home.
Today’s Zone Mission is to take down Halloween decorations and sweep the Front Porch.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.
Have a great day!
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