New Hope for a New Year: Developing a Family Laundry Schedule
When my Mother was a young girl, laundry was done on one day of each week. Laundry took the better part of this day, and was quite a feat to accomplish…especially for my Mother’s household of eight people! (You can read in detail about my Mother’s Depression Era memories of wash day here.)
I am blessed to live in a time when laundry is a much simpler, more efficient process than in days gone by…
There are no fires to build and tend and no cast iron pots to wield, and there is no lye soap to make from ashes and rendered lard.
Laundry is a simple matter of sorting the light-colored clothing from the dark-colored clothing and adding a few store-bought powders or liquids. And, then…with a push or a pull of a few buttons, the laundry washes itself while I am off to oversee other, more pressing household duties…
And yet, I am ashamed to confess that laundry has always been a struggle for me.
It seems that if I ever turn my back or take my eyes off that laundry hamper…the piles hatch like rabbits and begin to take over my house!
Not too long ago, I watched a particularly memorable TV commercial in which a Mother was being threatened by a giant, rolling ball of laundry that crashed through the side of her garden fence and rolled after her into the yard. This giant sphere of impending laundry seemed to gain circumference like a downhill snowball and seemed possible of flattening the Mother in its wake…
Most days, laundry for a household of five feels like that to me!
However, a New Year brings new hope…
Remember the new wardrobe cabinets that each of our daughters received for clothing storage? Well, with the new system of organization has come the advent of a new laundry schedule. This new plan for doing laundry is of course in the test phase, and I may yet have to return to the drawing board for a revamp. However, in the preliminary, conceptual stages it seems very promising!
This is how our new laundry schedule for the new year works:
Each daughter has been given a plastic laundry hamper to place in her own wardrobe. Each daughter places her own laundry in her own basket (rather than in the communal, family hamper). On her dinner helper day, she will check her basket (upon my reminder). If it is filled enough to make a load, she will wash, dry, and put her laundry away. Because each daughter does her laundry on her own individual laundry day, I am able to provide one-on-one time for instruction and supervision with each daughter. Also, this insures that each daughter develops a habit of doing her own laundry.
SUNDAY: Eldest Daughter’s Laundry Day
MONDAY: Second Daughter’s Laundry Day
TUESDAY: Eldest Daughter’s Laundry Day
WEDNESDAY: Youngest Daughter’s Laundry Day
THURSDAY: Second Daughter’s Laundry Day
FRIDAY: Eldest Daughter’s Laundry Day
SATURDAY: Second Daughter’s Laundry Day
EVERYDAY: Household Hamper and Husband’s Hamper is Checked and Laundry is Done As Needed
This system will also benefit me as well, because all of the girls’ clothing will no longer be jumbled up together…This will cut down on laundry sorting time. Each daughter’s laundry will always be pre-sorted, because it never gets thrown in with everyone else’s clothes.
Of course, I expect to have to make adjustments to this routine (such as making sure T-Ball uniforms get washed in time for games, and other such situational occurrences), but hopefully this new schedule will become a routine that will help me feel more victorious over that giant ball of laundry that threatens to flatten me!
In an age of abundance, I have become spoiled by having more than enough. If ever I become overwhelmed by my own plight of household duties…I simply must turn my eyes back to the bygone days of yesteryear when wives and mothers truly had the work of their hands to keep them busy. And then, I begin to count my own blessings and feel the surge of gratitude for the blessings of this present age.
|What household duty is your least favorite? What strategies have you incorporated into your daily schedule to help you tackle it? What chores are your favorites? Why?|
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