Alright yall, lets get to the point of this post quick… since well, Im tired after all the organizing laundry I did today.
Today…. I had it with laundry.
I consider myself an organized person and someone who is very good at keeping the chaos fairly well… I however for YEARS NOW, have not been able to organize our laundry. I have tried different hamper styles… baskets for reach kid… certain wash days… letting the kids fold, you name it, nothing worked.
I still found myself smothered in piles of laundry weekly.
I was talking to a friend of mine who has 8 kids… so twice as many as myself… and most of those kids are GIRLS… so I just could not grasp how she could maintain a house with clean laundry, if I couldnt… So I asked her what she does to help and she told me “limiting their options and only allowing them 4-5 outfits each.”
My 1st thought, thats nuts… I dont want them to wear the same thing every day… but when I thought about it more, it made such sense. My children gravitate to the same 3-5 outfits any how, don’t we all?? so why not take out the mass of clothing options they had, and just leave them with what they always wore.
I had so many clothing options to choose from for each boy… my mom often times gives us some cute outfits and on top of that after 4 boys, lots of friends with boys and many hand me downs, we had A LOT of boy clothing laying around.
I decided to give each boy
5 short sleeve shirts
5 long sleeve
(since georgia weather is unpredictable I felt they needed both options)
5 nice pants (for going out or church)
5 play pants
2-3 shorts (again because we are in GA, some days even in the winter its warm enough for shorts)
For Pajamas they were allowed to have a drawer full, I didnt count those, since they really didn’t have a ton any how. Underwear I allowed them as many as we had as well, since boys go through those fast… and same with socks, just whatever we had, I left.
I also allowed in their closets a number of nicer shirts and hoodies/coat options. They were given the rule however to not touch ANYTHING in their closets without asking. My boys had the habit of grabbing a hoodie in the morning because they were cold… but by lunch taking it off, leaving it on the floor some where, and then later on grabbing another one because they misplaced their first choice in the morning. So from now on they had to ask permission to get a hoodie. I know that sounds stupid, but if you picked up the number of hoodies I did, you’d understand :) – I also plan to put a hook attachment in their room to hang their “hoodie choice” of the week, so they can keep using the same one day after day for a solid week.
I literally had stacks of clothes I took from their dressers… was kind of convicting to see that many clothes, knowing so many had without.
For now I am going to hang onto majority of what is not being used, only because I have 2 other boys who will one day fit into Caleb and Taite’s clothing… this way we always have options to choose from, if other clothing gets “to over used” as the boys grow. It does happen too btw, you can only “hand down” things so many times, after a while they tend to look to “used” for comfort :)
We shall see if this helps…
Reed also I did not really weed his laundry much… since I am in charge of what he wears :) – he is allowed a few more options hehe.
I also printed out little labels to put on their dresser. Even Caleb asked me for them. He said “It will help me remember where things go.” – since so often they tend to just shove stuff in a drawer that is empty. So on all their dressers I put little laminated labels that says… “Shirts, Pajamas/Underwear, Nice Pants, Play Pants” – this should help too. I hope :)
I’ll keep everyone posted in the progress as the month goes by. :)