Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How Much Laundry Do You Have?

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How much laundry do you have?  Do you wash laundry for two or three people;  or, do you have to wash for more?   What is the key to keeping up with laundry?

I imagine we all have our own ideas about this matter;  and, some of it is made easier by the simple fact that most things can be washed in cold water.  Since many things can be washed in cold water, I am not adverse to throwing a pair of jeans that have been washed once in with lighter laundry, unless it has something that can be snagged by a zipper.  This makes it easier to have a full load of laundry, which is my preference.

When you only have to wash for two people, it is not practical to wash laundry everyday, unless you have a small washing machine.  However, for a larger family, washing a load of laundry every day can simplify your life.  There is less to fold at one time, and it is much less overwhelming.  Also, I am a firm believer of bringing children into doing laundry.  By the time my children were teenagers, they were doing their own loads of laundry, unless they needed something in particular for an emergency.  If you have children that share rooms or a laundry basket, they should take turns.  And, they should be responsible for folding and putting laundry away.  The jobs do need to be age appropriate, and you will have to do that;  but even young children can start to help with this job.  It will be an asset for them to learn this responsibility.

What do you do if you have goofed off, been sick, or been on vacation;  and, you have a large pile of laundry accumulating?  Do you do it all in one day?  I do not recommend it.  You are much less likely to feel overwhelmed if you do no more than one or two loads a day.  If your family is large, and you could not get to the laundry;  you are probably going to become more frustrated by trying to catch it all up in one day.  However, you will have to make sure you get a load in every day, which is fairly easy.

Very Important

A load of laundry a day helps keep the sad face away (or every other day for small families).  Remember this, make it a habit, and you will be on the way to simplifying your life further.

One last thing:  some items of clothing can be worn more than once if they are aired out and hung up.  Bath towels that are hung up on a towel rack or a hook can be used again, because they dry out and you were clean when you used them.  I grew up in Florida without an air conditioner for the early years of my life.  Yes, people really did open windows (smile).  If we had thrown our towels on the floor, they would have been sour.  Each member of the family had their own towel rack, and our towels and wash cloths were used again.  Come to think of it, my parents were very green conscious, as in conserving water, etc., before it was popular.  It saved on some work too.  That's a good thing.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stop Walking By the Bags, and One Way to Use Them

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Below is an example of something I left undone, and a quick tip.  Monday comes around so quickly, then Tuesday, then Wednesday, and so on. Sometimes, I wonder how the week went by so quickly and I haven't done more.  Do you ever feel that way?  Do you ever feel like giving up?  Well, join the club:   I think everyone has those moments--maybe even lots of them.  

The good thing is you do not have to curl up on the couch and say, "Oh me oh my, I will never get any of this picked up.  It is impossible."  Forget impossible.  With a mindset that says, "I can walk by that dining table and remove the empty bags I have left sitting for two weeks, you would be amazed at what you can get done.  Then, just do it.  Oh, you see more on the table.  That's OK.  Start somewhere.  If you are truly in need of rest, come back later and work on another area of your table.

You can use grocery bags to line small trash cans.  Using grocery bags for small trash cans may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but it saves on feeling like you need to wash trash cans.  Also, it makes emptying the small trash cans much easier.  Furthermore, it saves money on buying bags for that purpose.  I looked for the clear bags that were small, and I could not find them, so I am happy that I have something that saves my energy and my husband's energy.

Handyman.com shows a kleenex box filled with old grocery bags that has been fastened to the inside of a cabinet door.  I think this is a wonderful idea for a bathroom.  It would be simple to fasten on door using double stick tabs, and it would keep the bags there for a quick emptying of your basket.  No reason to wait, because you do not even have to walk to the kitchen or pantry to get a bag.  You can also see a picture of this on my Pinterest page.  

Can you believe it?  Just one idea posted.  I bet that's a record for me.
Oh!  I have to tell you:  I am a big fan of Microfiber and Swiffer Dusters.
I dusted so quickly in two rooms this past weekend, that even I could not believe it.  I was using a Microfiber mitt and a Swiffer duster.

Love you all.  Don't give up.  And take baby steps to get things done.  It works!

Deborah xoxo