It is that time of year again. Time to take out, sort through, fold, and hang up our Fall and Winter clothes! Which means time to go through and put away our Spring and Summer clothes.
We have six bags full of light jackets and winter coats. Ones that are to small or to big for anyone to use at this time gets put back in a storage box. Same with the long sleeve shirts and sweaters.
I also make sure everyone has what they need in the correct sizes. Which requires taking out the storage bins. Packing up the sizes that are getting to small and taking out the correct sizes. If my oldest two need something we make a list and go shopping. (My oldest is a boy, my second oldest is a girl.)
I have not posted anything lately because I have been drowning in Laundry!!!! Yes, it has to get done. A seasonal chore that can not be skipped over.
Ladies pull up a seat and let us talk about laundry….
No, I have not discovered the magic portal at the back of the dryer that steals socks. I have not invented a machine that will fold our clothes for us. I am not here to tell you some amazing secret that will solve all your laundry problems.
So, why am I bringing up this ugly subject? Well ladies, we all have laundry. If you have living people in your home, you have laundry. It is something we all have to deal with, unless you have a maid to do it for you.( I know, I know that would be nice.) We all have to face the laundry baskets and hampers at some point before the monster gets out of control.
I really don’t have a secret formula. I am still trying to figure out what system works best for us and what really doesn’t work for us. I have learned what worked two years ago might not work as well right now. Right now what works best is dividing the clothes into four sections: Boys clothes, Girls clothes, Me and Brian’s clothes, and towels . I also found that small loads are more manageable, and makes it easier for the children to help. It also makes it easier to fold and put away. I have folded the same basket of clothes at least 3 to 4 times before because they were not put away quick enough. (That has happened to many times to count.) I have taught my children how to use the washer and dryer. I also start teaching them how to fold at a young age, that is when they are most eager to learn and help. Even Colt who is five can fold pretty well.
Just a little Henry Laundry History: The first 4 1/2 years of marriage I lived in family housing at Mississippi State University. We had to do laundry at the laundry mat on campus or go to my parents house. Not fun at all not having a washer and dryer. So, when my hubby graduated and we moved off campus and I got our first washer and dryer I was beyond thankful and excited. Baby #3 was on the way and I had two little ones 2 and under. So lots of messes and lots of laundry. As much as I really don’t like laundry, I was beyond thankful for the reasons I had so much laundry. Through the years we have added to our household. So that meant I added more and more laundry. There have been times the laundry sat on the loveseat for a little to long. There have been times I folded a basket of clothes so I would have a place to put the clothes coming out of the dryer. There have been times I just wanted to go sit in my closet with a bag of Dove chocolate and a cup of coffee to avoid the laundry baskets. Other times I remember the reason I have all this laundry. I remember what a blessing it is to have a washer and dryer. I remember the little ones that need clean clothes. I remember that laundry in and of itself is a reminder of all my blessings. It is all about perspective.
So ladies, please leave some of your laundry tips in the comment section to share with everyone else. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
A focus challenge is when you focus on a few task. You start out by making a list. Example: 1. Make bed 2.Clean night stands 3.Clean up floor 4.Sweep. It is important to keep the list small, all you need is 4 to 5 task to focus on at a time.
Then you set the timer, you can set it for 5 minutes or for 10, for each task. The focus challenge is meant to pick task you can complete within a 5 to 10 minute time frame. It is important to complete each task at hand before moving on the next task.
Some things that help me focus and not get distracted:
- Have all my materials in the room with me.
- Have two Walmart bags, one for trash and one for recycling
- Have a dirty clothes basket
- Have a empty basket for items that belong in other rooms.
- Have my broom, vacuum, and Swiffer with me.
I usually do this when I am feeling overwhelmed and don’t really know where to start. This also helps me get rooms cleaned up quickly. To get my momentum going I usually start in the smallest room of the house. Then when I see progress I keep the momentum going by moving on to the next list of task to focus on.
What is a five minute pickup? Good question…..
Well five minute pickup is just that. Pickup as much as you can in a five minute time period.
- Your start by setting a timer.
- Get 2 to 3 baskets and a trash bag, you can use as many baskets as you need
- Get your children involved
- Pick an area you need cleaned up
- Give each child a Walmart bag
Once you picked your area. Get your baskets set up: one for clothes, one for toys, and you can put anything else in the third basket. Have your trash can by the baskets. We like to use our extra trash bag for recycling. The children can use their Walmart bags as a trash or recycling bag too. Get your children excited about helping. You can give a prize or have a special treat. I like to make it a race to see who can pick up the most stuff, me or the children. Set that timer and then get to work.
You will be amazed how quickly your children will move to pick up stuff off of the floor just so the kiddos can beat you. This method isn’t about getting your room spotless, it is about cleaning up. I like to do this throughout the day so we can keep a handle on the messes. Because my house can get messy and dirty throughout the day. This helps me keep my sanity, because I am a bit of a neat freak.
I will post some more this week on a few of my cleaning tips. Not that I am a expert but I do have to clean a lot…..
Four times a year I do what some call “Spring Cleaning”. If I did one major cleaning just once a year my house would get bad, really bad. Towards the end of each season I like to do a seasonal cleaning. I also like to do a really good cleaning before putting up Christmas decorations.
What does my seasonal cleaning consist of you may ask. Well, I will share with you what it consist of.
- Deep cleaning the kitchen. Well that is wiping down the inside and outside of the cabinets. Cleaning the stove, inside the eyes, and cleaning the oven. Cleaning the fridge and the freezer, I actually do this once a week. Organize all the cabinets, get rid of anything broken, go through junk drawer and throw away junk. Just going through my stuff and organizing it.
- Wipe down the walls. Yes, I mean wipe down the walls. Get a bucket of hot water and get the kids involved. Also wipe down the baseboards and moldings. My house this is a necessity with all those little dirty hands constantly touching the walls.
- Go through closets. See what fits and what does not fit. Yes, I do this for all 6 kiddos. It is quit the chore but has to get done. Go through shoes, see what fits. Also just clean out the junk. My kids can accumulate a lot of junk.
- Bathrooms: Well, wipe down the walls. Scrub everything. Organize the cabinet. Basically make sure you clean that bathroom spotless.
- Children’s bedroom. This is the time to get rid of stuff. Let them help you. Clean and organize. Make sure they wipe down their walls and baseboards. This is a time you can teach them about giving to others that is less fortunate than you. Pick out toys that they no longer play with and donate them.
- If you have ceiling fans, wipe them down. You can use a dryer sheet, a wet rag, or both.
- I like to use this time to organize my laundry room and other rooms in the house also.
On my next post I will talk about how I clean the rooms quickly and efficiently.
Please leave any of your ideas and things you do for your seasonal or spring cleaning. This is just the basics for people that might need help with starting a Seasonal cleaning.