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!


  1. I'm glad you posted...I missed you! I enjoy reading your tips/hints/recipes! I'm definitely a lazy girl too!

  2. I love me some Kristy Vanderford... So I promise I haven't forgotten about your CD... someone is too big and important to mail me some:-( I'll see her in June, I think. I promise- you WILL get it!!

  3. you two are so great :) I've been trying to think of more things to write about and have hit a bit of a blank... but I also think I've come up with a few ideas, was too lazy to write them down, then forgot them... figures ;)