One of my biggest guilty pleasures is reading other Home/DIY blogs and browsing the Home and DIY categories on Pinterest. I try to convince myself it is work related, you know… inspiration. But since my job is to generate original content and DIY ideas, rarely do I directly replicate the things that inspire me. So, it is pretty rare for a blog post to immediately inspire me to action. But recently, I had such a strong reaction to something I was reading, I immediately put my phone down and went to work.
One of my new favorite reads, and another fabulous Minnesota blog, is An Inviting Home. I am mesmerized by Sarah’s story of going from two kids of her own to 5 kids almost overnight after adopting 3 siblings. As you can imagine, she has had to work through a lot to get her newly 7-person family running smoothly. She has been posting lately about how she does not fold laundry and her laundry process.
When I read the first post about not folding her kids laundry, I had a bit of a light bulb moment. I thought I could do that. I only have two kids and find myself overwhelmed with laundry. The idea of not spending my Saturday morning sitting on the laundry room floor folding the weeks loads sounded like a nice idea. But I did nothing. I just filed the idea away. Meanwhile, at least four loads of laundry sat piled on the floor in front of the dryer. My laundry room never looks like this:
I detest folding laundry so much, I procrastinate until the point that not having it put away becomes aggravating. Usually the frustration peaks about the second day of me digging through the pile to find the boys socks or underwear because their drawers are empty.
So the night before last, when I was reading Sarah’s post about how she sorts the laundry, I thought about the ridiculous pile in my laundry room. I only thought about it for two seconds before I was in there sorting the pile. I had two hampers at the ready and I tossed the unfolded clothes in each hamper according to whose it was. In less than 10 minutes the hampers were on their way upstairs. In less than 10 minutes more the unfolded clothes was tossed into the drawers. This is what it looks like in their drawers:
By the way, the cute DIY numbered dresser is my tip for helping little ones get dressed. My three year old isn’t a master of finding things, yet, but he can read numbers. When he is looking for socks, I tell him to check drawer number 1. Also, helpful when I ask big brother to grab something for his little brother. And, it’s a simple way to tell babysitters where things like pajamas are, too, so they don’t have to search in every drawer.
I admit, like Sarah, I am a bit of a Type A personality. But, you know what, unfolded clothes in the drawers is a million times better than the giant unruly pile in the laundry room. The only exception I made was my son’s school uniforms. Those need to be semi-decent looking. He only has 5 tops and 5 bottoms for school, so I think I can handle folding those.
Now I just need to work the boys into helping with this new system. I love how Sarah has all kids over the age of three carry up and put away their own clothes. The folding part always tripped me up before, because the kids weren’t good at folding. Now that the tricky step has been eliminated, I am going to hold them responsible for putting their laundry away
neatly messily. So long as it is put away.
I think Sarah’s laundry tips have changed my life. I may not have to keep the laundry room door closed when company comes over, which will definitely reduce some of the stress of having guests. I wanted to pass along Sarah’s ideas, in case they can change your laundry-folding life for the better, too.
So, are you pro or con folding kids clothes? Any other great time-saving tips for laundry day?