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This is our little brown loveseat………
This little brown loveseat used to be my big laundry monster.
EVERY DAY, no-matter- what, my monster was covered in laundry. And by covered I mean piled-up-the-back as high as the wall.
When unexpected guests knocked, my first thought was how I was going to distract them from the monster in the room!
Could I just stand in front of the door?
Throw a blanket over it?
Have my kids sit on it and pretend nothing was wrong?
Uh not quite 🙂
For a family of 7, laundry was completely overwhelming and hugely embarrassing!
It was time to Slay The Laundry Monster For Good. This is how we won the battle and so can YOU!
So I now had the “want” to change things, but I didn’t know where to turn. Most tips I saw online worked for me for a little while, but then I would find myself back in the same pattern.
It wasn’t until I took the incredible course Makeover Your Mornings by Crystal Paine that something clicked.
It was the first online course I had ever actually completed and I found it to be incredibly thorough! It hit nearly all of the pain points of our unorganized and chaotic mornings. It helped me break things down into small, focused steps and look at what would really work for our family and why.
From this, a goal of starting a load of laundry each morning began.
I also had to commit to not letting myself just dry it and feed it to the laundry monster (aka dumping it on the couch) in order to start another load.
New Rule: Do NOT start any more laundry until the current load is complete. Washed, Dried and Put Away!
With that commitment in place, I then worked out the large family logistics.
- When? The bigger-little-peeps help with the laundry as part of their chores. They were to start one load in the morning, then dry and fold. I would take over for the second load.
- What? I decided to keep a basket next to the washer for whites. Since we have mostly colored items, whites would be separated and collected in there until a full load was ready to go in. Also, we have scheduled to wash one child’s bedding, each weekday. Being as we have 5 kids, those are two load days as well.
- How? Lastly, I had to think through putting it away. In years past, I’ve tried different things. Having them put away their own clothes (starting as young as 3 years old) seemed to be best. Part out of necessity, part intentional training. I would either leave it in their rooms or would have them pick it up- which then meant a trail of dropped pieces down the hall 🙂
- A New Idea! I soon discovered the best dollar store purchase I had ever made! Each child had their own little basket with a handle, in a different color. After folding, the laundry was separated into their own baskets. They each grabbed their basket and put it away. Sometimes they can go a couple of days without having to put away their basket- it depends. Either way, it was the best $5 I have spent in a long time!
By working through these simple steps and sticking with the commitment to start and complete a load or two of laundry each and every day, I have slayed our Laundry Monster.. which has now turned back into a loveseat!
Small, consistent steps have paid off big for us! Now the only time we may get backed up is if we have something out of the ordinary.
Overall this has worked for us for over a year straight!
Friends if only you knew me and my pet monster before, you would know what a miracle that really is!
So hang in there and don’t give up! You can slay your laundry monster too!
If you’re looking for some help in the area home/life balance, I encourage you to grab your copy of Make Over Your Mornings … like now… yes really!
It helped me more than I can express in words.
Some of the topics covered for you in the 14-day course include:
- Discovering why a well-planned morning revolutionizes your whole day
- Establishing bedtime routines
- Designing a morning routine centered on your biggest priorities
- Setting up a task management system
- Prioritizing exercise and healthy breakfasts
- Creating internal and external motivators
- Establishing accountability
- Battling lies
- Building stamina when things get tough
A chapter to read, a video to watch, and a project to complete – all of which will take no more than 15 minutes of your time. Trust me, if I could fit it in between husband, kids, homeschool, home and business, anyone can 🙂
Now that I’ve wrapped up for today, what about you?
Would you help me improve my process??
What tips/hacks/tricks do you know of to help me in this?!?
Leave a comment or send an email. I would love to hear!
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