That is the question I most often get when I say that Thursday is my laundry day.
“You do laundry… for your whole family… all in one day?!” After their jaw closes and their head stops shaking, I explain that I tried, ever so briefly what I hear most people do. “Oh I just through a load in here and there. Every day, every night.” In my head, I am thinking, “Yuk! They are never done.” And that was the feeling I had when I tried it. Tried it… and promptly went back to my system.
Blessed with 7 children, now ranging in age from 24 to 11, same husband, no multiples (that another common question I get), we have a lot of dirty clothes. And as much work as it seems, we have ONE, count it ONE, laundry day. Start in the morning and usually ends up being about 10 hours worth, but then at the end of the day, it has been folded, delivered to the proper dressers and put away for the week.
During the summer, I have a “laundry buddy.” One of the kids helps me keep the laundry going, setting the timer to check the load switching and folding. The older the kids get, the less I am involved. The drawback with that is there can be laundry mix up as the kids don’t know each others clothes as well as I do. So when they go back to school, (no I do not homeschool, which is the question I get when they find out I have 7 kids) I do the laundry by myself and the few stray clothes work their way back into the proper dressers. Every 70 minutes, I switch out the loads, fold for 10 minutes and back down in 70 again. Yes it is taxing, but after the day, it is done and checked off my list until next week. I do not have the nagging feeling of needing to switch a load or even worse, ALWAYS doing laundry.
Just make sure you have at least 7 pairs of underwear and socks for each kid and you are good to go.
Try it for a month and you will love it!!
Do you have any laundry tips to share?
Vicki Dau and her husband Tom are founders of TeamDau Wellness, offering perspective, education and support to help families make inspired decisions regarding their health, wealth and beliefs. They work with men, women and couples, specializing in marriages affected by past sexual abuse.