Friday, August 21, 2009

Conquering Mt. Wash-More

I have mentioned my "free spirit" before. If ever it gave me trouble you can bet that it did when it came to laundry. My Mom always said "It's not hard, just wash 2 loads a day." Well, you may or may not know that some folks just have to learn some things for themselves.

Let me give you a visual. Picture my good natured husband having to hop over mounds of laundry in our bathroom when I would decide I had to face the music. At least 10 piles, because by the time I "wanted" to do laundry it was a 2 or 3 day ordeal. I have also been known to sort it into trash bags and pile them up (that is a bad memory, makes me shudder to bring it up.) Lastly, I have hid it in the shower, just ask Mom.

O.K. I could not stand it any more. I had to have a system. Once I was visiting a friend, Tara, who is BO (Born Organized). She had two hampers in her bathroom, labeled. THAT WAS MY MOMENT! I would build on that concept. I did and it has been working for me for a long time, longer than most of my "plans" :)



Here they are. One for denim. One for darks. One for lights. One for "preaching" shirts and hand wash. There is another one in the hall bath for whites. Best money I ever spent on organization.


I put color codes on them so everyone could SORT THEIR OWN laundry!!



That is only part of taking control. There are rules of the laundry. Major Rule 1- clean laundry does NOT leave the laundry room until it is folded and ready to be put away. NO MORE baskets of clothes piled on my bed, then dumped in the floor.....that leads to not knowing what is clean or dirty. So, I asked my husband to build me a fold away shelf for my somewhat small laundry room. Here it is put down. Lovely.


Here are the baskets for each child. I fold their clothes into these baskets. Then they take them and put them away. The clothes that go on hangers are put on hangers as soon as they come out of the dryer and then hung in the appropriate closet. This is the LAW!



Everyone needs one of these... a beautiful, sweet helper.


So, if I could find something that would fix the problem of my girls changing clothes 579 times a day and not putting back what they discard then I would have no problems with the clothes in this place. I have an idea.....we have too many clothes!


With this system. I can get behind and still not have the chaos that I used to have. All of the baskets can be filled to the brim and in one day I can have it all done and put up. (Or it makes it easy for mom to grab a basket and help her darling daughter : P )

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