Organizing the Laundry room

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Fascinating Womanhood is really paying off. I'm taking babysteps, but definitely making improvements. I'm keeping the house neater, making a big dent on the laundry, and getting things organized. I'm making a concerted effort to be dressed nice and have my makeup and hair done--even if it's just hair brushed and eyeliner and lipstick. My husband has really appreciated the difference. Amazingly, he said I even sound softer, that my voice is softer and more feminine. The strange thing is that I've been meaning to work on that, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. I guess it's just starting to come naturally.

The other night I went to bed early because I'd had a really hard day, and when my husband got home from work at midnight, he stayed up two hours cleaning the kitchen and living room and doing the dishes, and left a lovely note for me for when I got up. He helps out like this a lot, but this time he was doing it to show me his appreciation, and not just making a sacrifice for me, or doing it because he knew it wouldn't get done otherwise.

Tonight, I got the laundry pile done to the point I could organize the laundry room. It's not that big, but it will do. I took an idea from Michelle Duggar, who was featured on "14 Children and Pregnant Again!" on the Discovery Health Network. She has a big dressing room, apparently where the laundry room is. They have two washers and two dryers, and on top of them are plastic bins for each family member's socks and undergarments, and the rest of their clothing is all hung in that room. They dress in there, and deposit dirty clothes right into the hampers. Then the washing, folding, sorting and putting away is all done in one room. Pretty brilliant!

Since my laundry room is small and my husband and I have a walk in closet upstairs, I put just the children's clothes in the laundry room. That way I don't have to run up and down to three separate bedrooms on two other levels for the children's clothing...I usually change them all together in the living room, since their so young.

On one sideof the laundry room, behind the door, is the washer and dryer, and alongside that is a rolling laundry cart with three bags in it for sorting. Then next to that is a small shelf unit with the iron, detergent, and other laundry necessities.

On the other side I put my daughter's tall, narrow dresser and my two sons' plastic rolling chests of drawers, stacked one on top of the other (wheels off of the top one, of course). Next to that is a large hanging rack for laundry. It's pretty nice and sturdy, chrome and black, with a wire shelf above, and a rack on the bottom for shoes, etc. Hanging from the pole is one of those canvas hanging organizers with canvas shelves in it for sweaters, etc. This one is made for children and has a flap on each shelf with the day of the week embroidered on it. I plan each week to put a set of clothing for each child in each cubby for that day. That way, if my husband gets up with the kids, the clothing will be all ready for him to dress the kids in, and it will all match. ;-) I plan to hang my daughters nicer dresses and the boys' church clothing from the rack also, leaving as much room as possible for me to hang my drip-dry dresses. I bought both the laundry rack and the hanging organizer from Target.

Eventually I'd like to install wire shelving above and alongside the washer and dryer. But until then, this layout will work really well, I think. I can't wait to get all the laundry done and folded. Since we just moved, and had had many boxes of clothing in storage, much of it had to be re-washed. Plus I have to hunt through the too-small-clothing boxes for the baby stuff and wash it, as my next baby is due in ten weeks. Plus we started with a ton of laundry that was dirty before we even moved from the last house. PLUS, I've let myself get behind on the laundry here since we moved! *sigh* But at least I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have about eight or so loads of laundry to do, then I'll be done...until I find the rest of the baby stuff...and we get the rest of our stuff out of storage! I seriously need to pare back on the clothing! That's what yard sales will do to you, lol.

Well, back to the laundry!

3 Responses to "Organizing the Laundry room"

Beth Says :
7:23 AM

Isn't it a wonderful feeling to get some progress done? Congratulations on getting your laundry room organized! Something that works for me on the laundry situation is that I do laundry every Monday,Wednesday and Friday and I set the kitchen timer for 45 minutes..when the timer goes off I know it's time to go switch loads. If I don't do it this way, I find that I forget that I have a load in the washer and then it takes me forever to get all the laundry done.
Great blog by the way, hope to read more!

Leah Says :
12:22 PM

I was delighted to find you blog! God has been doing some great things in my life as well! I'm really getting a hold on keeping up with the housework and being a blessing to my husband!

I was wondering if you knew that the book you mentioned, Fascinating Womanhood, was written by a Mormon lady. It might not matter to you but I thought I'd mention it.

I look forward to reading more here!

Mommaroo2 Says :
11:10 PM

Beth,

The kitchen timer is a good idea. I just had to rewash laundry TWICE that I left for two days, and then another day in the washer. LOL obviously I slipped this weekend!

Leah,

Thank you! I mostly started the blog so I could vent, but also so I could pass on knowledge I pick up to others. I really feel for the homemakers out there with growing families who are going through a difficult adjustment. Homemaking is unfortunately not a skill taught much anymore!

Yes, I do know the author of Fascinating Womanhood is Mormon. I don't worry about that. She didn't have a lot of specific religious stuff in there. There was one part I didn't agree with...her views on marital intimacy. I'm going to make a post about that. I'm glad you brought that to my attention, so I can let people know that I don't give the entire book my support, just most of it.

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