On a laundry theme here.
With six of us in this house I really have to stay on top of the laundry. I have developed a routine that works for me and keeps clean socks in the drawers at all times.
I find that it has to be my number one chore in the morning. After dealing with the animals I always start a load of laundry. That load is usually already in the washing machine ready to go in the morning.
As I finish that load and start a second one, I fold the loads that are done for the day and put away. I must do at least 2-3 loads a day to keep laundry from over flowing the hampers.
I rotate the kids rooms and check their hampers about twice a week and make sure I am always washing full loads. No sense in running the washer unless it is full.
To keep laundry piles from growing too rapidly I make sure the kids know to hang up their towels and use them a few times between washing. This may gross you out but none of us have ever developed any weird skin diseases so I think we are okay.
I do my bedding weekly and rotate the younger kids the same day. The two oldest are responsible for their own bedding. They are old enough. For the most part they can do their own laundry and often do but I will wash some of their clothes to make up a full load.
I try to get the laundry done early and put away as I just hate looking at it piled up.
Not a chore I love but if I stay on this routine I can keep it under control.
Here is a tip for you. I keep an old plastic trash can next to the washer in the laundry room. It is for all those wet rags that build up between bleach loads from cleaning and wiping up. I toss the wet rags in there and when I do a bleach load I just toss the entire can into the washer with our other whites. No more wet rags laying on the floor and strewn about waiting for wash day.
Don't forget the try my homemade laundry stain remover. Here is an e-mail from Holly about how well it works. Here is the recipe for the stain remover.
Just a short note. I made your stain remover and used it.
The other day I splattered spaghetti sauce on my white t-shirt (why do I always wear white when making sauce???). I put some on the stain and meant to wash it shortly afterward but forgot all about it. This morning while sorting laundry I found the shIrt with the dried stain remover on it. I squirted a little more on the stain and rubbed it a bit, threw it in the washer and you know what?
IT CAME OUT!!!!
ALL OF IT!!!
Thanks so much, my t-shirt and I are forever in your debt.