If we don’t do 3-4 loads of laundry a day we get behind. That is where we were right before the baby was born. I was tired and honestly didn’t want to keep up with it, nor did I want to nag my children to help either. Now that he is here, I want to get back on top of my life. So here I am telling you How to Conquer Your Laundry When All You Want to do is Watch Netflix.
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Sort those bad babies
I have 4 BIG plastic laundry baskets that I bought from Amazon. They are different colors and coincide with the colors of our laundry. The colors I have are blue, pink, green, and white.
It may seem silly, but don’t do it alone. Make a game of this. My four-year-old and two-year-old LOVE to help sort laundry. We make a game of naming the colors and then throwing them into the basket. It is almost like playing basketball with the dirty clothes. They love to see how far they can stand away from the basket and make it in.
Being a mom doesn’t mean we can’t have a little Mary Poppins in us. We can be fun as well as mom. Hey, a spoonful of sugar does make the job more fun.y6
Pump up the volume
If the TV isn’t playing some Preschool show, I have music playing. And no, it isn’t preschool songs either. This is Mama’s music. I have Amazon Prime Music and used that to create my Playlist.
You will find what my teenagers call “Mama’s bipolar music.” Right now Andy Grammar is playing “Honey, I’m Good,” and right before that it was the Beatles playing, “All You Need is Love.” Before that, it was Bing Crosby singing, “True Love,” and then Alison Kraus and Union Station singing, “Paper Airplane.”
While my music choices may not be to your taste, they just show that you can have a HUGE variety of music from Amazon. You can pick your songs with Amazon Prime Music and set up your playlist. AND one of the best parts is that you can set it to play mixed, so you never know what you are going to hear next.
Just pick music that makes you want to work and run with it because the job is going to take a crazy turn.
Are your slaves working for you?
Yes, I went there. I used the word SLAVES!
I know some are going to tell me that I shouldn’t use that word, but it has a meaning.
According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary: “one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence.”
Now I’m not talking about your husband or your children. I’m talking about your appliance and today specifically your washer and dryer. Did you know they are your slaves?
My husband is an engineer, and his job is to create these slaves, so they make your job easier.
C. S. Lewis, “The Homemaker, has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only- and that is to support the ultimate career.”
It takes very little of your dominating influence to make your slaves work. For me, it means stopping every hour to empty my dryer and move the laundry from the washer to the dryer. THAT’S IT!
You own these machines- make them work for you! In that hour while your clothes are drying you could be doing something else.
There is something to having an order to washing your clothes. Having a clean, organized room makes a big difference. I found some wonderful ideas in my favorite place, Pinterest.
We also have a daily list of what needs to get washed on what days. When this system it breaks down the overwhelming task known as Mount Laundrious. It is the list I use, so I don’t have to think about what laundry needs to be done that day.
If you walk into my tiny laundry room, you will find it hanging on the wall over the toilet. Why? Because it is the only wall space, I have available to hang it. I put it inside a page protector to keep it safe, and it is taped to the wall. I plan on turning all of my cleaning and chore lists into hanging pictures. First, I need to go to Dollar Tree to buy the cheap frames.
Managing your time
As I said, you have an hour to wait for the clothes to dry. What are you going to get done in that time?
For me, this can consist of emptying and refilling another slave- my dishwasher. I also use this time to read to my kids, play a board game, read a book, and even watch one of my favorite shows on Netflix.
Hey, you could paint your nails or even take a nap. That hour is your to use, but you have to tell your time where you want it to go.
BUT the best use of your time is to make your slaves work while you the CEO of your home do other things.
When I’m at my best, I have my washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, crock pot, roaster oven, and coffee maker going all at once. That happens at the start of my day, and I KNOW I’m going to rock that day because my slaves are working. It is the ultimate managing of my time.
How to Conquer Your Laundry When All You Want to do is Watch Netflix
Those people who say you can’t have your cake and eat it too never thought about multitasking. It is something we women excel at because we have to do it to survive.
Now ALL of that laundry you worked on all day has to be folded and put away. I always have a stack of laundry to fold at the end of the day. The only thing that gets put away immediate are clothes that need to be hung up. Otherwise, I save it for the end of the day.
If we are having family reading time, the kids will fold it while I read to them. If we are going to watch something, I will fold the laundry, and the kids will put it away before going to bed. And either way the laundry is getting done, and I still get to watch my favorite shows, which right now are Korean Dramas.
These steps may seem overwhelming, but if you put them into practice, they will help you get your laundry done and let you watch your favorite shows too.
1 Bright Idea Before You Go
One habit I’ve picked up on while folding clothes is to sort the unwanted items. If something is horribly stained, it goes in the trash instead of being rewashed or put away. If it is something that no longer fits one of my children or me, it goes into the Goodwill box. Something that I just don’t feel good wearing or my kids will no longer wear, it goes in the Goodwill box.
Why is this such a great idea?
If it is stained, I know I won’t wear it and won’t normally put it on my littles so why keep it around. If it is stained and belongs to my older children, they will throw it in the wash thinking it is dirty, why keep washing something that won’t come clean.
Say it doesn’t fit anymore, it inevitably ends up on the floor and then tossed in the dirty clothes where we wash it again and again. If the garment isn’t liked then like other, it will get tossed on the floor where someone will think it is dirty and need to be washed AGAIN.
See you keep making laundry that not only isn’t clean but isn’t wanted. While this takes a little time and effort, it makes up for it in the end. You may find that you need to go clothes shopping, and hey we all like new clothes.