Get Organized – Laundry Love

Are you a Laundry Hater?  Is there a mountain of dirty clothes lurking somewhere in your home?  Or maybe it’s a mountain of clean clothes?  Are you looking for a way to get organized when it comes to laundry?

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A “Laundry Epiphany”.

I used to think of laundry as a batch process, because it’s done in loads. Then one day, after spending the entire day washing, drying and folding laundry,  I dropped my clothes into the dirty basket and suddenly realized, “There will always be dirty laundry!

It was a light bulb moment.  Laundry is a continuous process!  The goal isn’t to have all the clothes in the house clean, but rather to always have the clothes you want to wear clean and available!

The Laundry Solution

I now have 3 baskets in my laundry room ( Bleachables, Delicates/Dress Clothes, and Everyday wear). Each morning I bring dirty clothes downstairs.  I usually throw dark everyday wear into the washer and separate the remaining clothes into their respective baskets.

I do about two loads each day. I try to fold right away, because fresh from the dryer clothes are more rewarding to fold or hang.   That’s it.  Two loads / day unless it’s kids bedding day which takes more loads but doesn’t require folding.   With only 2 loads I don’t get burned out and end up with baskets of wrinkled clean clothes (usually).

Making the initial sort by fabric treatment makes the process easier and reduces errors.  The final light / dark color sort happens just before going into the washer.  In between colors can go light or dark depending on how much room is left in the load.  Work/dress clothes go in the delicate basket, because we wash them on gentle and then make sure to hang them immediately.   I only do the dress clothes loads once per week, so my husband doesn’t repeat an outfit during the week.

I keep a weekly chore list in the pantry that includes certain laundry loads like towels, sheets, and dress clothes that are typically only done once or twice each week.

Another trick for keeping things organized – don’t buy too many clothes, especially for the kids.  If boys have 5 pairs of everyday pants and 5-7 everyday shirts for the current season that is typically enough.  By limiting the number of clothes we buy, the boys have room to easily share a closet and dresser.

How do you keep up with laundry?   Do you have any tricks that keep you motivated?

Get Organized

GetOrganizedCan I admit that some variation of “Get Organized” showed up on my resolution list for  many many years?

If your goals for this year include “get organized”, check out the series of posts I’m sharing this week.  I’m offering details about various strategies that have helped our home become more relaxing and more organized.

Before we get to those I want to take a moment to think about goal setting.  “Get organized” might be the search term we all use, but our goals really need to be more specific.  Take some time to think about what “get organized” means for you.  Does it mean you want to be able to find your keys when you leave the house?  Maybe you want to have better communication between family members about appointments and pick up times.  Are you eating too much fast food because you don’t have healthy meals available?  Are you scrambling to make sure your family can find clean clothes to wear?  Do you “stash” piles of paper if company is on the way?

Instead of making a broad goal that is hard to measure, think about specific areas where you could make improvements in order to simplify your life and make it less stressful.  Then establish priorities and work on just one area at a time.

This week I will be sharing the importance of having a meal plan and a clean up strategy in the kitchen.  I’ll also share my “laundry epiphany” and wardrobe strategy.   My personal biggest struggle has been to eliminate paper clutter and the stress and mess it creates – during the last year or two I’ve finally found a system that eliminates the paper piles that used to clutter my counter and allows me to find what I need when I need it.

I hope you enjoy the series and find some tips that work for you.  It’s not about being perfect or superior – it’s about creating a home that serves it’s inhabitants well.  We all deserve a home that is functional, restful, and welcoming.

Enjoying the Holidays

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It’s been a little bit odd this year getting into the holiday spirit.  Our FLL tournaments were just last weekend and both teams advanced.  Super happy for the kids!

Thankfully my husband enjoys doing the biggest share of the holiday shopping (online of course).

Christmas Tree

I absolutely love our tree.  Each year we add a few photo ornaments.  It’s so fun to look back at the pics from when the kids were little.

The outside of the house isn’t showing much Christmas flair, but I think we are looking pleasantly festive inside.

This year I’m focusing on keeping it easy and not purchasing things that require storage.  My holiday decorating purchases have been limited to a piece of black foam board and having a few winter nature photos printed.  I’ve had a ton of fun and everything has been peaceful and stress free.  I think it’s all about attitude.  This year I’m just doing what we have time for and enjoying it.  Every little holiday touch is appreciated.  Things will get done when they get done and if they don’t –  that’s okay.  The holidays should be about enjoying people.  It’s really not about how much greenery is in the house, how perfect the lighting is, or how many presents are under the tree.

Three Popsicle Snowflakes

 

The boys made giant popsicle snowflakes for me.  I love the way they turned out.  Turquoise wasn’t a color I had in mind when we went to buy paint but I love it!  I’m so glad I didn’t say, “I was really hoping for red.”  I will admit to purchasing red paint, just in case.

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I’ve seen a lot of chalkboard ideas out there.  I thought a chalkboard over the mantle would be really cool, but I honestly didn’t have time to purchase the plywood and paint it this year.  Black foam poster board and a tiny bottle of white paint to the rescue.  I’d like to add some poinsettias or rosemary trees or candles.

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I switched out our usual family photos of the kids feeding giraffes for some winter nature scenes.

 

SnowflakesWe made lots of paper snowflakes.

A few ornaments hung on ribbon over the kitchen sink add a little sparkle while I’m doing dishes.

The decorations are far from “perfect”.  We don’t have multiple Christmas trees or holiday towels or even specially scented soaps.  But we’ve spent time together.   We’ve made cookies and crafts and played games and watched movies.

It’s been such a nice season and I’m so glad for the time with family.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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The Best Christmas Gifts

Can I share with you two of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received?

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It’s a LEGO bee.  It really looks great in person.  It’s sort of a modern art interpretation.  Considering the materials he had available I thought C did an amazing job.  He made it to express his appreciation for coaching his FLL team this year since their project was, “How can we improve the way people learn about bees?”

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It’s a polymer clay sculpture of chocolate pie under the microscope.  It looked better before we baked it, but I think it still looks very much like our microscope.  E says he was conveying my support of their interest in science, my quirky sense of humor, and my love of math.  It’s also a reflection of my son’s interest in science and math and his quirky sense of humor.  I think it’s great!

These gifts are the type of stuff I will cherish, because they came from the heart and tell a story about the relationship between giver and receiver.  After all life is really all about the relationships.

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Weekly Wrap-up – Crazy Tournament Prep

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I was completely delighted see this hawk hanging out on the boy’s play set.  I think it’s an immature Coopers Hawk.  It stayed on this perch for several minutes and we were able to watch it’s head rotate around.  It finally unfluffed and then caught something but we couldn’t see exactly what.

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Mostly this week has been spent getting ready for our LEGO League competitions coming up this weekend.  One morning both the boys were working on missions with their respective team robots.

I will probably be sharing the LEGO Dragons project with you next week.  I think they have a truly innovative solution this year and I just hope their presentations go well in front of the judges.

Hope you are having a great week!

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