Monday, May 30, 2011

Epic Fail Revisited

I've changed my mind.  Again.  I do that.  A lot.
I posted here about an idea who's premise is not doing laundry for 2 weeks to discover what you really wear, then getting rid of everything else.
I posted here about how I totally failed at that.  That really surprised me.  You'd think my lazy tendencies would come in handy but, as irony would have it, I hate to have dirty laundry hanging around.  Especially the kind that the TinyTwo make.  The bathroom accident drenched/ always wet so they quickly smell like mildew/ covered in honey or peanut butter or some kind of sauce/ caked with mud kind of dirty clothes.
I can, however, not fold clothes for 2 weeks.
That, my friends, I'm awesome at.
I was just realizing this as I was digging through the hampers to find something for the kids to wear.  These were the clean hampers by the way- just in case you were wondering.
Anyway, I was thinking I should take the same premise-- easily deciding what clothes you wear the most by collecting those you wear in a two week time period-- and instead of not washing them, just keeping them separate.  I'd most likely not fold them while I'm at it- but you could fold them and just leave them in the hampers.  I have several pop-up hampers that I use to organize my piles of dirty and clean yet unfolded or put away clothes.  The one caveat is that, to start, all clothes would have to be clean and put away- or at least put in a different section than the other clothes.
Hmm.  Not folding clothes for 2 weeks.  This project I'm confident I will be successful with ;)

Link: An expensive holiday

"31 Rubies" today posted here about Memorial day- a day that, to most of us, means hot dogs and sprinklers.  To those the holiday is intended for- today means our fallen soldiers.   A daddy who won't get to walk his daughter down the aisle, a son who didn't get to say good-bye.  To our soldiers and their families, I say, thank  you.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Epic Fail

So, I posted this a few days ago on not doing laundry for 2 weeks to figure out what clothes you (and the kids) wear regularly and get rid of (or pack up for next season) the rest.
You'd think this would be easy for me, as I hate to do laundry.
You'd think this would be easy for me because I'm so lazy.
You'd think this would be easy for me because I'm so good at ignoring things that need to be done.
You'd think this would be easy for me because I actually told you I was going to do it.
Did I?
At least thus far, this project is an
Epic Fail.
One little boy's accident getting to the bathroom on time and all my priorities went out the window.
The laundry was started while wet spots were mopped up and sprayed and wiped and towels thrown into the washer before I even considered the consequences.
Oh well.  I'll try to be lazier.  I'll work harder this time.  Work at being lazy.  That's what I do. ;)

Monday, May 23, 2011

You know you're lazy when......

You know you're lazy when....
you are in bed and you hear your kids getting something out for breakfast and you stay in bed.
This, my friends, is the dumb kind of lazy.
Why you might ask?  Ok, I'm sure you didn't really ask why this is a bad idea, because I'm certain you know what my sleepy, dazed, stupor self did not.  It caused more work for me.  5 minutes in bed= 20 minutes cleaning.  Cleaning what?  Well, when I finally got up, I discovered mashed bananas all over their seats and tables along with peanut butter smeared everywhere and the mostly empty peanut butter jar that had been obviously had little hands and mashed bananas used to scrape the peanut butter out.  There were also random places in the house where said tiny hands had obviously been after mashing and scraping the peanut butter then playing with toys.
Score 1 for the TinyTwo.  Score 0 for being smart AND lazy.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

De-clutter: Clothes

I just read an article, and now I can't remember where, about clothes and figuring out what to get rid of. 
The answer to the problem was fantastic, since it started with:  Don't do laundry for two weeks.  What a great plan! 
To start, have all the clothes clean.  They don't have to be put away, but they do have to be out of the laundry room.  Next- don't do laundry for two weeks and leave all the dirty clothes in the laundry room.  After two weeks, look at the clothes that are left.  Get rid of them or store them for next year or next season if its something that will most likely fit.  I think this might be an easy and great way to "flip" clothes from one season to the next.
I think this might work especially well for kids, since I think they can wear the same things over and over because they'll be getting a brand new wardrobe next year anyway, although this is also a great way to really look at what's left in your own closet and really question how much of it you need and/or ever really wear. 
I haven't done it yet, but today, our clothes are all clean and my kids seem to have too many of them.  The answer certainly should be, "Stop doing laundry for two weeks" :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nemesis #1: Laundry

Is something a nemesis if you have more than one?  Maybe they'd all be nemi? nemisi?
Anyway- I'm not a big fan of the laundry.  The endless.  Limitless.  Always existent.  Always ready to overflow.  I tend to do a load a day or every other day and I don't tend to sort them before hand.  By "do a load a day" I mean clean them.  The folding and putting away always gets me. 
Enter- my new system.  I placed drop-down bars in the kids closets and hung up all their clothes for this season.  Now they can get out their clothes in the morning and...
this is the important part....
they can help put their clothes away.
I'm not a big fan of little kids stuffing clothes into drawers.  Plus, mine can't open their 50 year old dressers by themselves anyway. 
This way, we sit in the living room, dump all the clothes on the floor, and they start to hang up their clothes.  They're good for maybe 3-4 pieces before they start to get frustrated.  They are, after all, only 2 and 4, so we're getting better at it.  As they run to their rooms to put away their newly hung up clothes, I start to hang up a few pieces.  They grab those and run and hang up those pieces.  As they're running back and forth, I'm continuing to hang up their clothes and sort out other pieces.  As I go along I make a pile of all of our dish-cloths and random clothes, make a pile of my clothes
Most of mine have already been hung up straight from the dryer as the clothes were going in the clothes basket.  If some of the husband's clothes are there, I make a pile for them.  If I'm in a good mood, I'll fold them.  If I'm not, they'll get put in a basket and put in a place he'll have to trip over them so he'll know I did his laundry ;) 
I also make piles of their PJ's and undergarments, which go in little plastic drawers under their bathroom sink. 
Pretty soon, almost all the laundry is put away.  YAY!