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WFMW: Fold Less Laundry!

I'm the worst laundress on earth. Even my husband admits that's not my strong suit. He'd rather have a Derby Pie...Anyway, I cannot stand to do laundry but the part I like the least is folding it and putting it away.

Now when you've got three kids, are pregnant with your fourth, have two little ones who routinely wet the bed, are a bit queasy most days, live in the parsonage where you must keep up with your chores (at least in public areas), homeschool at least one kid through the summer, maintain a large flower garden and six Square Foot Gardening boxes, you need some help, yes?

So my boys are 8 and 5 and each one has a laundry basket. There is one hamper in their room, which is the 8 year old's job to lug down the stairs for me, but each boy has a basket. When I'm sorting the clean clothes (I also just wash almost everything together on cold, with the exception of some shirts and sweaters.), I just put each kid's clean stuff in his basket. I don't honesty care how their drawers look as long as they close and I can't see the clothes. You've just gotta let something go! They don't necessarily need orderly drawers.

Besides, I'm tired.


I'll have to remember this idea for the future. Like you, I hate laundry. And it's nice to know that someone else throws everything in together and washes it on cold. :-)

June 11, 2008 at 8:51 AM  

I'm the same way. With 5 kids, I don't care what their drawers look like, as long as they shut.

I rarely fold their stuff, or let them "fold" it.

June 11, 2008 at 10:12 AM  

I'm a pastor's wife and I hate folidng, too!!
I really don't mind the folding, but I hate putting it away. I, too, let my kids put away thier own clothes. They have to put it in the appropriate drawer and it does have to be "decent", but I decided it was more important for them to get some independence than for their drawers to be perfect!
And I never fold kid underwear!

June 11, 2008 at 10:16 AM  

I totally agree about letting their drawers go. I read somewhere that you can choose- either put your kids clothes up yourself and set their clothes out for them to wear every day, or let the drawers go. I choose the latter. As long as the clothes are actually put away and not on the floor, I'm good.

It seems like we have a lot in common- pastor's wife (not planned by me, either), reformed, I just had my fourth baby, and we love or are reading most of the same books and music. My husband just bought me "More Love to Thee" about Elisabeth Prentiss.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'll be back.

June 11, 2008 at 2:04 PM  

The best thing I ever did is buy each of my 6 kids a different brand of socks with a prominent logo on them. No more matching socks, everyone just gets a pile of their own brand. Woohoo!!!

June 11, 2008 at 2:29 PM  

I need to be more consistent about enforcing the closed drawer rule! I don't really care if it isn't up to my standards, but I want the clothes to be in their proper drawer. That way everything is easier to find. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog! The ranch dressing in the 2x baked potatoes isn't too overpowering (I'm not a big ranch fan). You could always add more ranch & less sour cream since you like the flavor. :) I use the Marie's ranch dressing (in the refrigerator section in the produce aisle). It's slightly thicker & it's all natural.


June 11, 2008 at 3:45 PM  

Do all things without murmurings...Phil 2:14 "Surely this couldn't include laundry," I thought several years ago. The laundry wasn't going to go away so I decided to make the best of it. I used my laundry time as my quite time to pray, trust one was going to bother me while I folded laundry for fear I would recruit them. As I folded each piece I would allow it to remind me of my family and their needs. My sons' school uniforms would prompt me to pray for their teachers. Previous stained shirts with chocolate ice cream that grandma gave prompt me to thank God for another woman that loved my children as much as I did. My daughter's little dresses gave me joy after giving birth to three sons. Then there were my husband's work clothes. He worked so hard and very long hours, only Sundays off. I remember one laundry day asking the Lord to bless my husband and give him Saturdays off so that we could spend time with him as a family. Since that time my husband has been called to preach and now pastors a church. Two of my boys are grown and married now, and God has not only given us Saturdays with Dad, but day after day with him. I started my laundry praying ten years ago, and it still amazes me how a piece of 100% cotton can bring a tear to my eye. I don't do laundry for my married boys any more... and oh how I miss it.

June 11, 2008 at 10:41 PM  

I like this idea. Summer is a great time to try it out. Thanks!

June 12, 2008 at 12:06 AM  

I do the same thing for my kids. Usually they get in the right drawer, but it's not pretty. And their beds are they same too. Brandon changes his sheets and they both make their own beds. It definitely would look better if I did it myself, but that's not how I choose to spend my time!

June 12, 2008 at 8:29 AM  

Hi, via WFMW. I can't seem to get my girls (5, 3 and 18mo) to do that step between the basket and the drawer. At least, my oldest.

June 13, 2008 at 2:18 PM  

Erin K-Yea for cold! It's better for the environment, too, you know!

WGM-I suppose they could find stuff easier if I was more particular about it (my 5yo is looking for his swimming trunks right now)...oh well.

Totally-I don't fold underwear-just shove it in the drawer!

Tami-I really liked that book. It was heavy reading, but excellent. I'd definitely recommend it.

Supercool-I tried that sock idea, but it seems I still have troubles in that area...

Abby-I've had drawers break because they got left open all the time (and because I buy cheap furniture, I guess...) so I'm pretty strict about drawers closing :)

Tina-Thanks for sharing that story!!! It's very Titus 2 of you! :)

Lisa-How about stopping and eating that chocolate :) Thanks for visiting!

Heather-Hello! I wish I could get my 5 yo to figure out how to make his oldest does fine changing the sheets but we don't use comoforters or bedspreads on their beds because they're wetting all the time *sigh*

Anna-just keep trying! 5 is still young. You might have to sit in there and give very obvious directions: "Put that underwear in your top drawer. Now put that shirt in your middle drawer..." I have to do that occasionally with my 5 yo.

June 16, 2008 at 9:34 AM  

I am really good and washing and drying the laundry, but it rarely gets put away. I'm trying to work on it.

June 16, 2008 at 4:56 PM  

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