Laundry Area
Laundry Area

When I was talking with a friend recently, I discovered that one of her challenges was laundry. Strangely enough, this morning I was looking at a plan that included a load of laundry a day 5 days a week. Add a load of sheets from one bedroom a day and for most of us the laundry would be moving in the right direction.

The plan from www.goodwifeinthekitchen.blogspot.com :

Monday               Wash whites

Tuesday               Wash darks

Wednesday            Wash towels

Thursday             Wash bathmats and towels

Friday                     Wash baby clothes

Any plan we decide to use should be adapted to our family’s needs. Where will the individual loads of laundry live while waiting for their day? A hamper/ laundry baskets in a closet or the laundry room? How can you implement this and keep your home orderly?

Now that it is just Roy and I, I gather the laundry and sort by color. If there is enough for a load of laundry I run that load of laundry from washer to dryer to folded and put away. If there is more than one load, I keep going. If there is not enough for a load–tomorrow is another day.

I have used an Area of Focus approach for years. I focused on one area of my home a week

Week One (Days One to Seven): Living Room and Den 

Week Two (Days Eight to Fourteen): Kitchen

Week Three (Days Fifteen to Twenty-One): Master Bedroom and Closet while supervising (and assisting as needed) the children in their rooms

Week Four (Days Twenty-Two to Twenty-Eight): Front Porch/Entry/ Dining Room

Week Five (Day Twenty-Nine to End of Month): Bathrooms

Miscellaneous Rooms can be assigned to weeks with available time. Office with Living Room; Back Deck on week one with front porch and entry; Laundry on the same days as the bathrooms. I have confidence in your ability to make good use of your time.

You could also use a weekly zone plan:

Monday  —Bathrooms

Tuesday—  Front Porch, Entry and Errands

Wednesday— Kitchen

Thursday  Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room

Friday—  Master Bedroom and Closet

Saturday—  Family Projects and Fun Day

Sunday—  Worship, Rest, and Plan

Gently inspect one child’s room each day. Give directions and encouragement, not criticism. Weekly inspections keep full blown disaster areas from developing. Insist beds be made daily.

Give the tasks in your life a place to live in your schedule and remember that work expands to fill the amount of time allotted for it. Get your work done first and quickly and then enjoy time with family and friends.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

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