Ask any mother with more than one child: what is one of the most noticeable differences you’ve encountered when going from 1 kid to 2 or more? She will tell you that laundry exponentially increases at a rate that is not congruent with the addition of one little person!
My family knows that I am a clean freak. My mother jokes that I like my floors clean enough to eat out of them (Mr. Clean commercial anyone?) But when it comes to organizing and putting things away… not so much. It wasn’t so bad pre-kids but now I constantly feel like I can’t keep up with laundry, kids clothes, and the “stuff” that comes through our house daily.
When I moved to this house over 4 years ago, I talked my husband into buying a front loading washer and dryer because we were having kids and we would need the bigger load capacity (I sound silly, I know.) In truth, we had two perfectly working machines that I practically gave away! They are too big for our laundry room… yet they hold massive loads!
No one told me that one front loader washer holds a TON of little kid stuff!! Below is one load (yup, I mix it all up, wash everything in cold and use an organic detergent that I love and get super cheap on Amazon)
Most of the time I fold it the same night it comes out of the dryer… putting it away, however, is another story. Laundry usually happens late at night, while I am working, reading, or blogging. Unfortunately, sometimes I forget the stuff in the washer or in the dryer… and the next morning the sight isn’t too pretty. On a really busy week, the laundry can wait on top of the sofa for a couple of days. Sadly, I try to use up the freshly folded stuff so there is less to put away when I get to it (pathetic I know… but very efficient!) This sight for a couple days in a row drives my husband crazy.
If I did laundry daily, I’d only have one load to put away. In theory, it would be easy; but in practice, I wait three days and then the laundry becomes massive. For three years we’ve had 2 adults, 1 teenager, and two kids. I miss my cousin Sue who didn’t mind to fold as long as she was watching tv. I know some of you reading this have more people at your house; all I can say is that I feel for you and I can’t imagine!
Although I haven’t posted my resolutions for the year, I can tell you that improving my “putting away” skills is towards the top of the list and over ⅔rds of the items have something to do with organizing. My husband jokes that I am a the “cleanest disorganized person he knows.” I admit it’s true, but I am just trying to hold life, family, the house, bills, carpool lines, a part time job, another business, this blog together and it’s exhausting! Good thing that humor and my personal superglue always help!