How do you deal with the dreaded laundry pile?

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How do you deal with the dreaded laundry pile?
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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 2:09am

So how do you all deal with laundry?

Martie, wife to one fabulous man and mom to 8 amazing children

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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 2:15am
Do you have certain days for certain things, or do you simply do laundry every day?
I aim to do laundry 4 days a week and I average 15 loads a week.

Do you have laundry helpers, older kids who do their own laundry, or do you consider the laundry room your private domain?

I do not let others touch my w/d. But I do have everyone help. My dh is supposed to put away his things, as are the kids. The kids are also in charge of folding their own socks, PJs, and underwear.

How do you deal with putting away clothes? Do the kids help? Do you have bins, put things in people's rooms, put everything away for everyone?
I fold/hang for myself, my dh, and the little ones (the under 7 ones). The older kids hang the stuff that should be hung (I lay it out neatly in piles as I take it out of the dryer), and all kids 3 and up are expected to help fold PJs, socks, and underwear), we all work on carrying the stuff up stairs and putting it away.

Tell us your best laundry tips!

This is my best laundry tip:
Give each child a bin for dirty socks. Before laundering the socks, put them in a mesh bag with a zipper. That way they wash and dry, but stay together and each child can fold their socks with ease.


Martie, wife to one fabulous man and mom to 8 amazing children
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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 2:25pm

That's a good tip Martie.

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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 11:13am

Do you have certain days for certain things, or do you simply do laundry every day?

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Fri, 02-25-2011 - 1:58pm

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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 10:03pm

Do you have certain days for certain things, or do you simply do laundry every day?

Laura~~


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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 10:57pm
OMG that is brilliant. I will have to get them all mesh bags.... but how do you get them to actually put the dirty ones where they belong rather than just on the floor???

Tessa
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 5:59pm

It is kind of tricky--once there is one thing on the floor, they seem to think it is okay just to throw them all on the floor!

Laura~~


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Sun, 03-13-2011 - 7:53pm

Hi!

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Sun, 03-13-2011 - 7:54pm

Oh yes, and forgot to add, the big boys and K bring their laundry down to me once a week, and they put it away themselves.

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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 6:55pm
Ugh! You have kids 9, 7, and 5 bringing you their laundry and putting it all away and I can't get my oldest 4 who are 9, 11, 13, and 15 to do any of it!!! Where did I go wrong???

Tessa
Single Mom of 6 beautiful children and 3 angels........
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