I would like to say that the laundry process in our home looks something like this.
But honestly, it looks more like this.
And, sometimes it feels a bit like this.
So, I thought I would post here on the evolution of the laundry process in our home. Yes, it has evolved over the years!
When Peter and I were first married, I worked full time. He was in school full time and working part time. Those were the days when I could clean the house and it would stay mostly clean for the week. During this early phase, we did laundry once a week. And, funny enough, I thought it was quite a chore...haha. I continued doing laundry once a week with the birth of our first and second children. I would do a dark and light load of "baby" clothes and it didn't really add much to the overall chore.
When our third child came along, I started doing laundry on two different days. One day for the kids and one day for everything else. I would separate dark and lights for the kids laundry and then do the same for our laundry. This worked well until our fifth child arrived.
With seven people in the house, I needed a new system. So, I decided to do a laundry rotation and choose a different category for each day. So, one day I would do the older boys' laundry, the three littles on another day, sheets another, and so forth. I still had room for a catch up day...or two:)
When our sixth baby arrived, we decided to switch to cloth diapers. That would be two babies in cloth as our fifth baby was not potty trained. Yeah. This made an immediate impact on the laundry. I then started doing a load of diapers each night and hanging them to dry over night. This was, of course, in addition to the other many loads of laundry.
Now, with nine people in the family, we have a slightly different rotation. We have several different laundry baskets in the family closet and the kids know where to put their dirty laundry. So, one of the morning chores (currently Wesley's jurisdiction at 6 years old) is to take the correct basket to the laundry room. This way, the laundry is waiting for me first thing. The older boys have two baskets (light and dark) as do the little boys. Abby and Timmy have their own seperate baskets and each usually takes just one load. I divide the day's laundry into light, dark, and do separate loads for Peter's work clothes. Adding in the daily load of cloth diapers, I do between 3-5 loads daily.