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“If we don’t clean this bathroom soon, we’re going to need shots to use it!”
“Hurry, someone just pulled in the driveway! Grab everything near you and throw it in a closet, cabinet, or the dishwasher!”
“Argh!!!!! I can’t think straight in the middle of all this mess!”
These are all statements I’ve made when talking about our house. Since weekdays are busy, our family goal is to clean on Saturdays. However, it takes about 6 hours to get the house to “mom clean,” so it’s easy for other plans to interrupt cleaning.
The strain of knowing what needs to be done and not having time to do it makes my stress level soar! So instead of our home being a relaxing refuge from the world we all desire, it becomes nothing but tense turf. Because we all know when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
Something would have to change to maintain sanity and healthy family relationships.
I began with a plan. My kids still need to learn responsibility so I made the decision they would continue to take turns doing laundry and dishes, they would be responsible for keeping their rooms clean, and they would take turns each Saturday cleaning their bathroom.
The rest of the cleaning duties were written down and split throughout the week. Testing and tracking revealed each weekday took 1 hour of cleaning. To make this doable, I simply cut back on social media. Weekend tasks don’t take as long and fit well with any additional plans made by the family.
It’s been two months and the changes within our household are amazing!
- Our house is consistently clean making it a joy to welcome visitors.
- My stress level has decreased which makes the entire family happier.
- I’m now more efficient in other tasks since cleaning worry and guilt no longer take brain space.
- Our home is now the refuge we desired.
Is this method for everyone? No! Some find it easier to do everything in 1 day, others to receive daily emails with tasks assigned, and many who want their kids to have more responsibility than in this plan.
What is the right way? Whatever works for YOU. I’m simply sharing this method as an option for anyone who find themselves in a similar situation.
Here is the plan:
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© 2015 Connie Davis Johnson
Hate laundry? Try the following simple method to make laundry manageable.
Use a central basket system
- Choose a location in the house and provide 4 laundry baskets total for everyone to use. This can be in the laundry room, in a closet, or another convenient place.
- Use one basket for towels and sheets, one for whites, one for colors, and one for darks.
- Every person then brings their dirty clothes to these central baskets.
- Once a basket is full, it’s ready to be washed.
Get kids involved
- Assign each child a week for laundry duties.
- Train them to keep an eye on the laundry baskets and wash whenever a basket becomes full.
- Instruct each child on the rules for laundry. Teach them how to set up the washing machine and dryer. Let them know which baskets need to be washed in hot and which need to be washed in cold (this can be marked on the baskets as a reminder). Also instruct on the amount of detergent to use, if dryer sheets should be added to the dryer, and how to use stain removers.
- Spend time teaching folding techniques so there is consistency with each load.
- Buy 2 week’s worth of socks and underwear for each family member. There will be less “emergency” loads when everyone is fully stocked.
- Each person is responsible for communicating when an item of clothing needs special attention.
- In an inconspicuous spot, mark each person’s socks, underwear, and other clothing with their initials. This will help avoid confusion when folding and returning laundry.
- Once laundry is washed and folded, each person’s stack of clean clothes is placed on their bed to be put away.
Although there are many ways to tackle laundry, this system has worked well for our family for many years. What has worked well for you?
© 2014 Connie Davis Johnson