Zone Defense: Getting a Laundry Game Plan in Action

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Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we head to the laundry room to score big.

Zone Defense: Getting a Laundry Game Plan in Action

We do a lot of laundry at our house. I think that I’ve counted at least ten regular loads, but probably closer to fourteen in any given week. With six active kids, you can imagine how many dirty socks there are.

Because we all know that every child needs to wear 4.5 socks every day, lose at least one, and get two into the hamper. If they’re lucky.

All that to say, I think I own the crown for Queen of Laundry.

Even though I was super late in posting my update for last month’s Zone Defense assignment, I am ahead of the game, since I’ve been putting a new and improved laundry game plan in action. There’s a hint over here.

Get a laundry game plan in action.

But, first your homework for the month. Since I’m late, you have about two weeks to tackle it, but I know you’ll do great. Here are some ideas to get you started thinking about how to rework your laundry systems to suit you the best they can:

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Is your laundry system working? If so, you may pass Go and collect $200.
  • If not, why not?
  • What can you change?
  • Who can you enlist for help?

For me, I need to clean out that linen cupboard. Again.

I’m also working on fine tuning our laundry system and coming up with some strategies for playing catch up. Since my kids do their own laundry, I actually do achieve “catch up”. It’s vacations when our laundry is all lumped together that we have issues. But, I’m devising a plan for that, too.

See you in a couple weeks when I tell all. In the meantime,…

what do YOU need to do to make your laundry and linen areas serve YOU better?

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  1. I revamped my laundry area last fall, so it’s okay (other than the clutter that landed over the winter). My recent change is turning the boys’ laundry over to them. I normally have them help—go fold that basket, put a load in, hang, etc. With me looking at starting some part time work soon, I’m going to need something a bit more helpful than that. Got them their own baskets and a lingerie bag for their socks. They both had enough for their darks but rarely have enough for a light load. Both put their socks in their own bag so it’s easy for them to grab & go and I don’t have to listen to “who has to sort the socks.” So far, so good. It’s amazing how such a little thing has taken at least a perceived weight off my shoulders. I love the writing on the machines. I think that will help! Interesting laundry sheets you posted the other day. But since I just made 5 gallons of laundry detergent, I think we will use that up. (so for no spills) . . . I’ll go get my rag, now that I’ve typed that. 😉

    1. I don’t match socks for anyone but me now and it’s heavenly. Even though I do a lot of my husband’s laundry, I just toss his socks in a basket and he gets to fish out what he wants. 😉

    2. Oh my, I LOVE the idea of using the lingerie bags for socks. I HATE matching socks, always have, always will. My daughters have a similar distaste for it too. They do their own laundry, and they don’t like matching socks. This would probably help them…if they remember to sort theirs out as they take them off. Thanks for the idea!

  2. I set up a time and day every week when I have the girls bag the laundry and we wash it. When there is little work to do, they can help me but on busier days, I will do it alone.

  3. I know your pain of the laundry. I have 7 kids and a hubby who wears two sets of clothing. One work, one for relaxing. we have what I call the laundry monster to tame each week. My children are learning to help. Funny how the ones who want to help the most are my littles who are 5, 3, and 2. The older ones not so much.

  4. Having a laundry sorter revolutionized the laundry for me. It took me years to figure out that one, but it makes things so much easier. I picked up a couple of pop up hampers from the dollar store for my girls so they sort the laundry as they take it off. They do their own right now.

    The biggest pain for us is putting it away — I think we need to clean out the drawers and closets. Too much stuff and not enough space.