I know, it just gets more exciting every day doesn't it? Freezers, the weather and now laundry!
What can I say? This is life.
I have a weekly laundry timetable. Yes, really. It makes life easier especially if you have several beds to deal with. I wash every day, usually two loads, occasionally one and quite often three. As well as clothes every day on Tuesday to Friday I wash bedlinen and towels.
Boys must bring their bed linen down with them in the morning to be washed.
They put fresh linen on their beds when they go to bed.
(When I say linen I mean a fitted sheet, pillow cases and a duvet cover -I store them in sets inside a pillowcase).
|Not pretty, not coordinated, but efficient.|
I gather all towels and wash them.
I do not put out towels for people.
Clean towels are collected from the airing cupboard where they are stored rolled up.
Everyone has their favourite towels, this way of storing them makes it easier to grab the one you want instead of pulling it out from under a pile of folded towels.
|Again not pretty.|
|Flannels (face cloths)|
Katie must bring her bed linen down to be washed and put a fresh set on at bedtime.
Last night she 'didn't have time' to put clean sheets on her bed so she slept on a bare mattress underneath a naked duvet. I'm not sure why she didn't have time. I didn't see her doing anything other than watch rubbish on youtube from 4 pm to 8.30pm.
This morning I got her up five minutes early (because five minutes is all it takes to make a bed) and asked her to do it.
Just before she left for school I said 'Did you make your bed?'
|Freshly made bed|
'Yes' she replied.
I do our bed and reflect on the fact that Charlie is the only one who doesn't have to make his bed.
I also have a system for delivering clean clothes to their owners. Piles of clothing get taken upstairs (by whoever happens to be passing when I'm sorting it) and put on our bed. Next time I'm in the bedroom I swiftly distribute the clothes into three piles according to which room they belong in. I put my stuff away and hang up Charlie's shirts so that they don't crease and need ironing again. I don't put the rest of his clothes away. I carry the boys' stuff into their room and put it on Tom's bed (it being nearest the door) where they sort it and put it away. I put Katie's stuff on her floor where it stays until she can't tell whether it is dirty or clean. Then she puts it all in the washing basket again.
|Spare bed linen neatly folded on the top shelf of my airing cupboard which I can't reach|