So every morning, I used to get up, clean in the kitchen, wash the dishes, pick up around the house, etc. It was my morning routine. I would try to clean the kitchen sometimes right after dinner but 1)that's pretty much the craziest time of day in my house and 2)it would still get messy in the evening and I'd have a mess to deal with in the morning.
On top of this, the laundry has been a constant source of chagrin for me over the years.
I've never quite had a handle on it.
It would overwhelm me to the point of having 5 or more loads to contend with. Not to mention the putting away of said clothes. The laundry was always a task that needed a couple of hours, preferably kid free.
I share all of this because I'm imagining there are other moms out there like me who struggle with this. I'm hoping this will help because it has been revolutionary for me. For the first time since I've had kids, I feel like I'm in control of my laundry- it doesn't control me.
(Yes, I'm a wee bit dramatic. You should know this by now.)
So, one day, I decided to consult an expert in the laundry field, aka one of my friends who I know is kind of OCD about her laundry. If you are ever struggling in one of your homemaking skills, just ask whoever you know is kind of crazy about it (in a good way) and you are likely to get some very good advice! hee
She said the way she views her laundry is as the "timer" for every other task she needs to get done. Since she is an early bird, she gets up at 5, does a load of laundry, has her coffee, does her other household chorse, and then has the load dried & folded by the time her kids get up at 6:45. They have to put away their laundry. And her chores are all mostly done for the day.
This was crazy talk to me because 1) I never had looked at my laundry as the thing to time all of my other activities with and 2) I don't get up at the bum-crack of dawn.
So I adjusted her tips to fit for me.
Every night, once the kiddos are in bed, I start the load of laundry from that day. I go about my regular evening (scrapbooking, etc.) and then once the hubs goes to bed, I start them in the dryer. While they're drying, I wash the dishes, clean the kitchen, and tidy up around the house. Then I fold the clothes. In the morning, the kiddos have to come get their clothes and put them away after breakfast. I feel fresh and ready to go with our day because I don't have a bunch of chores waiting for me when I get up.
And since we are doing the laundry like this, it's usually only a couple of items per kiddo, and they can put them in their drawers all by themselves!
All that to say: sometimes it's just changing the way you think about something to help you overcome it. It's silly that laundry has been such an overwhelming thing for me for so long, but I can happily say that it's not a big deal anymore. It's just one more little task in my day!