Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Laundry, Loads of Fun!

Can you sense the sarcasm????? I will be linking up with Crystal and Co. this week!

Well about a year ago a friend and I jokingly decided to start an Organization Accountability Partnership.   We decided to start with our laundry rooms and you can check it all out here and here and here.

Are you noticing that there were no final results?????  Yeah, I know.  Don't start something you can't finish.

Well shortly after the completion, I found out I was pregnant and I just had bigger fish to fry, or larger loads to wash.  (har-har)  Sometimes I just can't resist.

I found the "after" pictures on my computer, but I decided to take new ones.  I can honestly say that I have kept up with the organization, and since No. 2 was born, I have found a laundry system that works for me.

Here are some current pics.  They are in "real" life, no airbrushing.
I love the mail organizer...it also holds thank you notes you should have mailed months ago.

baskets starting to overflow...time to purge them.

The dryer basket holds detergent and stain removers...and the occasional misplaced item.

 I have made it my life's mission to keep this from being a Dumping Ground.  Now we dump everything in the kitchen, but that is a whole 'nother Oprah!

Now my secrets to laundry success...

Wait for it.....

Wash one load of laundry EVERY day.
(ok I know there are some days that a load doesn't get done)

Dry said load of laundry the same day.
(This seems simple but for me I was doing a lot of rewashing because I would a forget a load about a load and it would sour)

Fold said load of laundry the same day.
(Can you say wrinkled EVERYTHING???)

Put away said laundry the same day
(We have been known to use the baskets as a closet, wearing straight from the basket until it was empty.  I am not kidding.  Please tell me I am not the only one!)

I know it sounds so simple for most folks, but this was an AH HA moment for me.  Seriously, this is what has kept me from having a terrible attitude about laundry.  Yes, it never ends, but it has to be done.  Doing a little a day takes the crazy away. (for me)

It also helps if your kids stay out of the baskets and don't dump out the freshly folded clothes.  Freshly folded...who am I kidding??


Mary said...

That is seriously the cutest laundry room I have ever seen. Now you will never be allowed to see my laundry room, because it's gross. Just kidding. I will let ya...if you really want to...which you wouldn't...cause it's gross...

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea. I have started doing laundry twice a week instead of once, and that seems to help. Laundry is the only thing I really dislike doing! :) I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one. Your laundry room is so cute! Mine is the dumping grounds now...and I am trying to fix that.

Savannah McQueen said...

Very nice laundry room. It seems nearly impossible to stay ahead of my laundry! This room would inspire me to be more dedicated.

Crystal said...

It's small steps isn't it? My laundry room is out of control!

Thanks for sharing on my mommy solution meme. Great tips!

Christine said...

Your laundry room is lovely...I just spent the entire weekend getting close to the bottom of the never ending pile...I love your tips!

Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids said...

Love this and I'm sharing it on my face book. Even after being being years and years... I STILL struggle with managing the laundry tiger.