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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Laundry Large Family Style

This is about a weeks worth of laundry for my children. My clothes are in the washing machine and Rob washes his own clothes, which is what happens when you are anal retentive and complain one too many times about the way your clothing was laundered ;-)

In the picture you can see the smaller than normal laundry baskets that each of my children have, minus the baby. They are all labeled with their names. In a perfect world I wash their clothes and fold them right out of the dryer and into their respective baskets. Of course, more often than not, the stars are not perfectly aligned and the laundry piles up on the counter before I get around to folding it. I have found that this system makes it easy for the kids to put away their clothing by themselves.





On the counter is the white wire basket where I put all the kids socks. It is a wire drawer thing that I keep in our mudroom closet. Keeping the socks near the shoes makes the most sense to me since my kids only wear them when they are going out somewhere. They would all rather die a gruesome and painful death than walk around the house in stocking feet. And they are not allowed to wear shoes in the house, yup I am mean like that.

My huge pile of mismatched towels is also perched on the countertop waiting to be put away. I have been wanting to get the kids monogramed towels for a few years now so that we could cut down on the number of times I have to wash towels in a given week. They are just so darn expensive that I find it hard to justify buying towels when I have perfectly good ones in the linen closet to use.

I am considering buying them as Christmas presents this year. I can just imagine their joy and the gleam in their eyes when they open those up on Christmas morning.

"What a towel? As a present?"

"What's in the next package? Underwear?"

"It's just so... so... useful"

"Useful? Stupid is more like it."

"I don't even like towels."

"Maybe it transforms into something?"

"Maybe Santa ran out of coal."

Ah yes, the perfect gift it would be.

Try to ignore the blue painters tape in the picture. Sigh... I am still trying to finish up with all the painting that needs to be done. Now if I had a friend like this, maybe it would be done already ;-)

You can admire the slate tile floor I installed myself though. I know I have already talked about it ad nauseum. But there is just so little in my life at this point where I have any tangible results to show for work I have done.

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Blogger Ash-bray Etty-hay said...

One of the best presents my kids ever got was those Lands End blankets with their names embroidered on them -- they certainly have fonder feelings about them than any of the crappy-trendy-toy-of-the-moment stuff I bought at the same time.

Can you actually wait all week to do laundry? There are only five of us (including two people with uniforms which need to be washed at least 4x a week; we don't wear pajamas, though) and if I let it go more than a day, it's unmanageable for me. I used to do 4 loads a day back when I was more diligent about changing sheets and towels; now it's more like 1.5 (one load some days, two loads other days, sometimes more if there's something special going on, like stomach flu).

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Blogger Jillbert said...

Gorgeous floor!!!! You should be proud. Great idea about keeping socks near the shoes ---- my kids, too, can't stand to wear anything on their feet inside.....even with my chillingly cold floors. Love your blog, BTW.....
-Jill A.

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Blogger Chris said...

Sue,
I do laundry more than once a week, but most of the kids laundry only gets done once a week. Towels I wash every other day, dishclothes too, my clothes I wash more often. I don't have any system per se that I stick to, but the photo is probably fairly accurate of the amount of kids stuff I wash in one weeks time.

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Thanks for the compliment. I am pretty pleased with my floor :-)

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Blogger Jody said...

The same thing happened in our house. Bill, my anal retentive, complained one too many times about how I did his laundry, so I resigned from the job 10 years ago, and now he does his own. LOL

I love your floors!

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Blogger Rachel said...

i am just amazed at your organization. wow.
v v impressed.
cool floor too. but the organized laundry. wow. :)

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Blogger Andrew said...

MJ (my BH) does a great job sorting the kids clothes into their own baskets at our house (we have seven currently), and we often get them to haul the baskets to their rooms, but something mysterious happens between the baskets and the drawers, and viola! the laundry makes a home on the floor.

Kudos on your organizational skills and the ability to get the kids to cooperate.

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