Ahh...To Dream The Impossible Dream of An Organized Home. We have a fun guest post today from Tami K. Fox, author of Giving your Children Wings without Losing Yours. While you can expect many tips and tricks to managaing a busy home in her book--she is talking laundry in her post here today! Enjoy!
Perpetually Behind on Laundry and Too Many Clothes
Guest post from Tami K. Fox
Do you suffer from having piles of laundry and never seeming to find the end of the pile? When I talk to people who have too much dirty laundry piled up, I ask questions to see if we can discover the root of the problem. Sometimes it is a lack of access to a washing machine. If you have to go to the coin-operated laundry, it is hard to stay caught up on laundry. This has been the case of a few people I have talked to, and the best recommendation I have is for them to save money and purchase a washing machine. That puts things into perspective for those who are behind on laundry and have a working washing machine in their homes.
For the majority of people I talk to about laundry, it comes down to having a good system and regular schedule for washing clothes, bedding, and towels. When you get married, you usually do not have a lot of dirty laundry to wash. As your family grows, the amount of laundry grows. The need for more than one laundry day a week becomes necessary to keep the laundry caught up. With a family of six, I wash two loads of laundry per day. Usually, one of us washes our bedding each day of the week, too. By doing laundry six days a week, we do not have piles of dirty laundry. We also do not have piles of clean laundry sitting around the house.
The key to keeping the piles at bay is having a place for all of our clothes. Many people do not get clean laundry put away because they have too many clothes. Closets are bursting with clothes. Drawers are overfilled with clothes. Spend some time thinning down the amount of clothes you and the rest of your family have. You can do this one closet and one drawer at a time over the course of a month. You don’t have to do it all at once. You can also thin down the amount of clothes in your house when you are doing the laundry. If clothes come through the laundry room and you notice holes or tears, go ahead and get rid of them. If you notice that your children are growing, watch for clothes that come through the laundry room that don’t fit any more. Set up a place to collect items to donate and put them there as you run across them.
Set a number of outfits per person in the family. Make sure you consider school clothes, play clothes, and dress clothes. You will also need to consider how to store season clothes. By thinning down the number of outfits each person, you will make your laundry system run much smoother. You will also make it easier for your children to pick out their clothes.
With a few easy steps, you can tame the laundry monster in your home. Even if you work outside of the home, you can do a load of laundry a day.
Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 24 to 8. She and her husband have homeschooled for 15 years and have graduated two of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 4 boys who are in grades 10, 8, 6, and 3. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool writer and conference speaker.
To Dream The Impossible Dream of An Organized Home
Quick Summary of Giving your Children Wings without Losing Yours. Does the idea of organizing and cleaning your home seem like an impossible dream? Homeschooling mother of six Tami Fox shares how she uses routines in her home to make it a haven for her family. She’s taught her children these routines, so they’ll be able to take their wings and fly into life as prepared adults. She shares positive methods for organizing and cleaning. Tami wants to help you give your children wings, so they can FLY, too!
Marla Cilley, The FlyLady
Tami has taken FLYing to a new level! Not only has she educated her six children well and eliminated CHAOS, she has not lost herself in the process."
Tami lives in rural North Carolina with her husband of more than twenty-five years and their children. She has been a home educator since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Systems and uses her education to be a better teacher for her children. Tami is a writer and speaker to encourage moms.
She writes reviews and other details about her life with her family at www.TamiFox.net.