The Duds and The Suds

October 16, 2014

How do you keep on top of laundry?

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I find if you balance yourself just so, it’s easy to stay on top, especially when the pile is quite large.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.




In order to keep up with laundry, I aim to do four loads a day when I am home. I almost never do laundry on Sunday, unless something disgusting has occurred. I also am not home every day. I think we average about 20 loads a week. This number is high in part because we use cloth diapers, cloth napkins, and cloth rags for cleaning. Then there are the “dirty” clothes that appear in the hampers neatly folded. If I see an item that is still folded laying in the dirty laundry, I will pull it out, but if it’s been nestling with the really stinky stuff, that’s a deal breaker. Frustrating!



We are considering expanding our laundry room to add a rinse tub and a second washer and dryer, but that is a someday plan. For now, I have found ways to arrange our laundry room to handle our larger family. Hubby put up extra shelves so that three out of four walls have at least two shelves on them. I also managed to fit four hampers in the laundry room, so I can sort colors. Yes, I still like to separate colors.






Each member of the family has a labeled, color-coded basket. We use milk crates for the younger children. There is also a basket for kitchen linens and one for sheets and towels. Laundry is sorted as it comes out of the dryer. Then each child is responsible for folding their own laundry and putting it away. Hubby and I take care of our laundry and the kitchen linens, sheets and towels are folded by whoever is assigned to laundry for the week.






Do you get the dishes done from breakfast before it is time for lunch? Use paper plates?


Hmm... If you come by without warning, you will likely find a load of dishes stacked next to the sink. We don't use many paper products in our home. I hate to think of all that paper rotting in a landfill. We use ceramic plates, glass cups, and metal utensils for the big people and the older children who can handle breakable objects. The younger children use BPA free plastic plates, cups, and utensils.

I used to get frustrated by children using multiple cups per day. I bought a set of drink bands and that issue was solved. Each child is assigned a colored band that fits on their cup. They get one cup in the morning and continue using that cup all day. After dinner all the cups are loaded in the dishwasher.

At breakfast, dishes are generally rinsed and stacked next to the sink, so we can head out the door or get to school work. During the morning break time the dishwasher is unloaded and reloaded. Lunch dishes are mostly loaded in after lunch. After dinner, as many dishes as possible are loaded into the dishwasher and the pots and pans are hand washed. Every once in a while there are a few dishes that don’t fit in the dishwasher at the end of the day. They get rinsed and stacked for the next morning. About once a week, we end up running the machine twice in one day. I still double-check how the dishwasher is loaded before it is run for everyone but Polar Bear. It’s a tricky job to fit all the dishes into one load. In a few years, when fewer children are using the smaller plastic plates, we will have to accept two loads every other day or so.

I have enough mismatched place settings that I can feed 20 adults and 20 children a full meal. When we have a bible study or dinner meeting, we use real plates and utensils. However, if we have a bigger event at our home, like a Superbowl party, we will use disposable items so that clean-up is easier.

The children wipe down counters at the end of every day and sometimes I will ask them to wipe down cabinets too. The older three will even scrub the sink when they finish the dishes, so our kitchen is usually in decent shape. Well, except our floor, that’s so dirty you could eat off of it...yuck!

I didn't have any thoughts on photos to go with dishes, so how about a cute picture of Sweet Pea?


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