First off let me start by saying that I truly believe that there are a TON of different ways to do laundry. It is going to vary so much based on your home, available space, laundry room, personality, family size, kids ages, etc.
From the moment that I started this blog I knew that I wanted to someday share our laundry system with all of you! Why? Because it was in finding something that worked for our family in something as mundane as laundry that gave me the drive to tackle all of the other things that we face as moms.
In our situation, I really had to wrap my mind around what adopting three kids at once would look like. You may think that there are bigger questions that go through your head when considering adopting. Like, what is life with two moms going to look like? That was a question I knew we would just have to get to one day at a time.
It was things like…how do you do laundry for SEVEN people that had me wondering how in the world this was going to work.
Maybe for you the question is how am I going to do laundry for our family with a newborn at home…or when I am working full-time…or taking classes…or when I am taking classes AND working AND have children at home!
To me, finding a laundry system that worked for our family in this season was about so much more than clothes. It was about the determination to make things work and not be discouraged, hopeless or even depressed by something as small (but what feels sometimes so BIG) as laundry.
I hope that in sharing our system with you it will get you thinking as to what works best for YOU! Maybe it will spark an idea that you could implement in your home, or maybe it will simply give you the confidence that what you are doing already is the way to go. Either way…receive the grace to know this; you are going to tackle this little ol’ thing called laundry and score one for the team!
My current laundry stats…
- Our family consists of five kids (ages 2,4,4,7 & 9), my husband and myself.
- I wash about 7-8 loads of clothes per week.
- I usually take a full day (*To clarify: I begin the first load in the morning and then the kids usually take their baskets up in the evening…the process spans a day but I’m only spending a few minutes here and there actually doing laundry) to get our laundry done about every 3 days or so.
- In our home I am so grateful for a laundry chute that brings all of the clothes directly down to our basement laundry room. (Without it I would probably have our kids throw all of their dirty clothes in the stacked baskets and I would carry them down one by one instead of all at once. While we do have our kids start carrying their baskets up the stairs, beginning at age 3, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with my little ones carrying full baskets down our stairs on their own.)
- I don’t fold my kids’ laundry. (Here are my 6 reasons why.)
- I carry two baskets up two flights of stairs on laundry day. One is full of our youngest son’s clothes (who is 2) and towels. The other basket is full of my clothes and my husband’s. Once upstairs I fold 🙂 the towels and put them away. I put our youngest son’s clothes away and I fold and put away my clothes and my husband’s.
- I would estimate that I personally spend less than an hour per week TOTAL doing laundry for our family of seven using the system below.
I have a basket that always sits outside of my dryer. This is where the first clean load of laundry goes. If I have time I will sort it right then, if not I will do it later when I come back to change the next load.
When I am ready, I take a few minutes to sort a load. I pick up each piece and turn it right side out if needed. Some items I still have to check the sizes on the tags to figure out which shirt belongs to which kid (life with three small boys.)
Once I’ve done all of the laundry that day (and the chute is empty), then I sort the last load and the baskets are ready to go. (By only doing 3-4 loads in one day it keeps the baskets at a manageable weight for the kids to carry.)
Within about five minutes they have grabbed their baskets to head upstairs…
Simply because of the way our family grew we had to buy all new dressers. We purchased some inexpensive dressers from Ikea and the kids drawers are all set up the same way. It makes finding clothes when others are helping super easy…and ok, it is super easy for mom and dad to find things too. 🙂
After the kids get done putting their clothes away they stack their basket back in the hall.
Would you join the revolution? 🙂