Laundry. Laundry. Laundry.
Those are Christmas lights hanging in the picture.... :-)
Some love it, some hate it. I fall somewhere in between. I don't hate to do laundry but I am not placing it on the list of favorite household chores either. I just do it...everyday (except Sunday). Yep, I do a load (sometimes two) of laundry daily. If I don't do a load a day my laundry turns into Mt. Laundry. The kids don't bother me while I do laundry either. I make them help if they are there so it gives me some peace and quiet! ~smile~
I have tried several different systems to tackle our laundry but I found that a load daily is what works best for us. I have several close friends that have all found systems that work for them.
Friend 1: She does laundry on her days off and on her shorter work days. She doesn't have a dryer. She only line dries.
Friend 2: Does all her laundry on one day.
Friend 3: Has a day assigned to each member of the family. They do their own laundry on their day.
Friend 4: Touches laundry only when necessary! ;-)
Friend 5: Never touches laundry as her teens do all the laundry. They enjoy doing it. Imagine that!
We have a spring so water consumption is something that I have to consider when washing our laundry. I hang dry all our laundry so I need to take that into consideration also. I only have so much line space.
I was talking to my cousin yesterday. She is 25 years old and has a 4 1/2 year old. She was amazed that hang dry all the laundry. She asked if I ever use my dryer! Yes, I use my dryer to fluff the clothes on the cool air setting after they are dry. It is so much easier on the clothes and the electric bill. On average, I may actually use the dryer for one or two loads per year.
My one issue I had for years was the clothespin mark that remained on my shirts. Several years ago my mom told me about hanging my shirts by the material at the armpit. This has revolutionized my laundry!! Yes, I did just say that about laundry! I love that I don't have to fight those crumpled marks or misshaped clothes anymore.
I have three clotheslines. One in the basement that I use all winter long. A retractable one in the playroom that I use regularly in the spring and summer and one outside line. I only use the outside one for white and light colored clothes, sheets and towels because the sun bleaches out the dark clothes pretty fast. I love the sun though- it really helps to bleach out those hard to get rid of stains. It also makes the whites whiter! There is also something so nice about the smell of fresh line dried laundry. The pictured laundry is from my lines in the playroom.
Do you enjoy doing laundry? What is your favorite household chore?