Once upon a time, I could do laundry one day a week. Once upon a time, hanging laundry was no big deal. Once upon a time, in order to have an insurmountable mountain of laundry, I would have to neglect the laundry pile for weeks on end.
No longer is this the case! A couple of days of a neglected laundry basket and I have Mount Washmore on my hands!
I may have mentioned here before the fact that I used to work off of a FLYlady-type schedule. It worked quite well until I had our fourth child (it was beginning to be somewhat difficult with 3 as well, but I did manage to keep it going).
With the birth of our 4th child, came a whole new way of life. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, worked anymore. It was at this time I ran across Large Family Logistics. It was just what I needed to make my now larger-than-normal family run smoothly.
**If you would like to take a look for yourself follow these links**
OLD SITE ~ The left-hand sidebar is where the information on her Cleaning Days is.
NEW SITE ~ As far as I can tell she does not have all the info from the old site on here yet, but it is still worth a perusal.
I decided to follow her lead and make Monday my Big Laundry Day.
The idea behind this is that you do as much as you can that day (she calls it 4 by 4) and then simply maintain the rest of the week. Maintenance for me looks like about 2 loads per day.
Perhaps you are wondering how I manage the logistics of Big Laundry Day.
First off, I am an advocate of making the laundry room as pleasant as possible. You can take a look at a post I did several months back on transforming my laundry room. Your laundry room DOES NOT have to be the most dreary room in the house!
We currently have a BOYS ROOM and a GIRLS ROOM. We used to have a laundry basket in each of their rooms (and we may go back to this at some point). They filled it and took it down every morning when I yelled “Laundry Call!” However, now, they take their laundry to a central location (a larger laundry basket in my bedroom) as they tidy their rooms every morning. My oldest child takes the basket down for me (bless his heart!)
The Girls’ laundry basket and the Boys’ laundry basket (as well as another laundry basket for dh and I) sit downstairs on shelving. When I take things out of the dryer, I fold and put into the appropriate basket. When the baskets are full, I call for my oldest boy and my oldest girl and they put the laundry away for their respective room. (There is a 4 year gap between my BIGS and my LITTLES, thus the reason for only the BIGS putting away laundry) When they are finished putting the laundry away, they bring the baskets back down so we can start the process all over again.
I imagine there will come a day when I will have to rethink Big Laundry Day and logistics behind it, but for now this method manages to keep Mount Washmore looking like a small hill.