You know the old nursery rhyme, right?
Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Bake on Wednesday,
Brew on Thursday,
Churn on Friday,
Mend on Saturday,
Go to meeting on Sunday.
Well, I do my churning with my blender, so I don’t need a whole day for that.
I’m not much into brewing, at least not yet.
I don’t iron. At all. Nicholas saw the ironing board and was amazed that we had a surfboard in the mudroom.
But Monday is our big washday, and this is how it goes.
First thing in the morning,I have Michael bring the diaper pail down to the basement. We use BumGenius, a very generous gift from a friend when we had the twins. I put in the diapers and set the timer for an hour.
Every hour, I go downstairs and start a new load. I have the kids get the laundry out of the dryer and switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer. For the longest time I had them put in a load as well (a job for the older kids) but it just wasn’t getting done properly, so I take that on myself now. They bring it up as the day goes on, and we end up with something that looks like this.
Except this was after three loads had already been folding. I do delegate that job to my kids.
The timer is key. I find if I’m taking a little trip to the basement every hour, I keep on top of things. I’m doing laundry for 8 people, including mostly-cloth-diapered twins. I don’t do laundry on Sunday and I generally don’t make anyone fold on Saturday, which is part of why there’s so much to fold on Monday. I find if I have one all-day laundry marathon day, I only have to do a load or two the other days of the week. It’s definitely worth it!
Some other laundry day tasks around here include:
checking the kids’ dressers and closets to make sure they’re actually putting things away and not just building nests in their bedrooms
making homemade laundry soap or stain remover
working on stain removal
cleaning up the laundry room (it’s in our basement and it gets kind of nasty down there)