Dear Family Volley,
How can I get the laundry off the couch and still make time for the kids? I swear it's the one household chore that takes up the most of my time. I try to do it at night but I am just too tired and I don't want to take care of it when the kids are napping since I like that to be "me" time so...???
Thanks for your help!
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Why can't laundry just do itself? Or, why can't we buy one of the machines the Jetson's used to use?
Unfortunantly the laundry never goes away, and it is haunting. It would always make me feel bad when someone yelled, "Mom, do I have underwear?", or "Honey, is my red shirt clean?"
When I got married and then we had our first child, I was so over whelmed by the laundry. I could get it washed and dried, it was the folded and put away that was a problem. I used to move the clean piles around the house for days, until I finally had to sit down and spend hours folding and putting away all the wash. It would make my back hurt so bad, and it made me dislike laundry even more. I didn't want to sacrafice time with my family, and like you, when my children are sleeping, I need some time. And nights just don't work. I am tired and want to hang out with my husband. Then we had our second child and I was really in over my head.
So...this is what I did. At first it might sound crazy, but stay with me.
As part of my morning routine, I start a load of laundry every morning when I wake up. By the time breakfast is made I can switch the load to the dryer, and by the time I return home from dropping our son off at school, the load is about dry and ready to be folded and put away. By 10am the laundry is done for the day. I don't have to think about it again. It gives me time and sanity. I consider it a little gift I give myself.
Because I do this everyday the loads are small, they are not overwhelming. It only takes 15 minutes to take care of all of it. Then it is off my mind, my kids and husband have all they need, and I don't have to sacrifice time with my family, or my own time. It has completely changed my life as a mom. I feel great satisfaction knowing that I am on top of the laundry. I used to think about how I needed to do the laundry all day long. Now, it is one less thing to think about.
It will take about two weeks to really see the benefits and get into the swing of this new routine, and I know the idea of laundry everyday might not sound promising, but it really works.
Try it, get out of bed and throw the load in.
It will allow you to get the clothes off the couch and be with your kids. After all, the last thing you want is for your children to feel that the laundry is more important than they are. They will remember the time you spend together for the rest of their lives.
Anyone else do laundry this way?