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Tips for Moms: Laundry Rules


One might say that laundry is my nemesis. The unending madness can drive a mama to tears. Some days it seems like I'm doing the laundry of ten people. If you live with ten people... HOW?! We've been doing little mini projects around the house to get more organized and to make getting laundry done more efficient. Sam hung some shelves in the laundry room and I curated the utility shelves (which are right outside of the laundry room) with laundry supplies, stacks of toilet paper and paper towel rolls, as well as unused ball jars and a basket full of aprons. The minimalism makes me happy.


We've also started putting some systems in place for tackling the laundry. That large basket is the community laundry basket. Everything gets funneled into that one basket. Matilda and Phoebe have their own baskets that come down here once every couple of days and we put all of our laundry directly in there. Matilda now has chores that she helps with, laundry being one of them. She lets me know when her laundry bin is full and then I bring it down. She is now responsible for putting away her clothes and putting her dirty clothes in a bin. You guys... it's working! Then I try and do a load a day. This really does help and keeps me from feeling overwhelmed.

Matilda has also been helping me with the washing and drying. She can now load the washer (it helps that we have a front loader but a stool would work great too!). We've also been trying out Tide Pods and Gain Flings (available at Target) which are sort of the equivalent of those awesome dishwasher tabs but for laundry! Have you tried them? I especially love the Gain "Moonlight Breeze." It smells incredible and has oxi boost and febreze built right in. I love that a: there is no mess ie detergent dripping down the front of the washer b: so simple that even Matilda can "fling" in the tab with the laundry (she loves this - it goes right in the drum) and c: they are perfect for travel. Super lightweight, just throw em in your suitcase this summer when you head to the beach. Beachhhhh.

What are your laundry tips? Please share! One of my biggest is to sort like with like when folding (pjs with pjs, etc) and to keep things sorted by person. I then have to put them away immediately or they PILE up. Fist bump to having an empty basket. At least for an hour or so... oh the little things.


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12 comments :

  1. in the summer (bc we are typically never home on the weekends) I try to do a load every week day. sometimes that is helpful and sometimes I feel like the laundry is never going to stop.. but then again; when does laundry ever stop? Unless we all become nudist or incredibly dirty by wearing the same clothes every day, I think laundry is never done. It's my nemesis too! I'm reeeall good at washing and drying- and then I let the clean clothes pile up and get wrinkly. I've been trying to tell myself "just fold the laundry, put it away- it will take less than 10 min if you do this ONE load" :) I'll have to check those pods out. Do you use special detergent for Phoebe?

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    1. the "putting away" is the hardest! i actually don't use a special detergent for her. i read that if you use a different detergent that they'll be exposed to that when you're holding them etc so it really doesn't make a big difference unless you change everyone's detergent so i've just always used the same. luckily no allergies so far! ha

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  2. I was so anti-Tide pods but my mom talked me into buying them one time, and I've never gone back to regular detergent.

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    1. they really are fun to use and smell amazing!

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  3. I'm impressed that you can make even the most mundane task sound and look fun! Laundry...the never ending battle! P.S. LOVELY laundry room!

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    1. haha fake it till you make it? it's an ongoing battle! thanks so much grace!

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  4. Putting away laundry is my kryptonite! Little girls have so many clothes, but I am determined to stay on top of laundry this year.

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    1. mine too! those little pieces make for a huge load to fold, huh?!

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  5. Love your daughter Phoebe in the can--so cute! I live in an apartment with laundry facilities in the basement. I used to do laundry once a week but I started cloth diapers which means I do a load of them about every other day. Having a good routine/set-up is so important! Your cloth diaper post was really helpful to me. Do you still use special detergent for your diapers? I have to admit, Tide makes me a little nervous, ingredient-wise....but I haven't really read up on them since they re-formulated some of their detergents.

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    1. alisa! i'm so glad that it was helpful and kudos to you for being a laundry warrior. that is awesome! i don't use a special detergent and so far so good. have a great day!

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  6. I'm with you on the folding - I make little stacks of Ruby's pants, shirts, socks, etc (and for Reed and I) and that way when I go to put them away, I can just throw the stack in the appropriate drawer. On the flip side, I find laundry (oddly) less overwhelming when I wait for like a week and do a big "laundry day" - it makes it feel more like an isolated event rather than an ongoing chore!

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    1. isolated event! love it and good call. :)

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