Monday, March 30, 2009

Laundry and Other Thoughts on Motherhood

So today is Monday. And in my world, it's also laundry day. Ever since I entered into the adult world (i.e. college), I have been deficient at doing laundry. I just hate doing it. I would let my laudry pile up and pile up. Or, I'd wash laundry and just leave it sitting around, unfolded. Well, since God has blessed me with three little girls (who love to change their clothes), and a husband who wears uniforms to work, I have what feels like tons of laundry to keep up on. I've tried other methods of keeping up on laundry (two loads a days, etc.), but they just don't work for me. So for the past several weeks, I've been doing all my laundry on Mondays. I love it!

The only draw back is that on some Mondays I have evening meetings, but Richard is slowly catching on and has been helping me when he gets home from work.

Here's what I love about it. I'm not distracted by laundry all week (thinking I should be doing it). I feel so accomplished by the end of the day becaue I get so much done. I've even started cleaning the bedrooms and bathroom on Mondays as well. I've actually realized, as well, that there's a lot less laundry piled up doing it this way (I thought it would be really bad come Sunday, but it's really not that bad).

I've decided to slowly start organizing my life like this: having one major task to accomplish each day.

Note: I have a super-large high efficiency washing machine and dryer. I probably wouldn't be able to do it all on one day without it.

New subject: Poop. Poop is a constant focal point of parenting toddlers and infants. However, it's been more so lately because Riley is potty training. She's been doing really well. Around 18 months she was doing great, but after Gigi was born we had to take a little break. She started going back on the potty again and I really felt like we had reached the downhill slide. THEN she started holding her poop. This is a big deal because she's been holding it over 48 hours which can lead to impaction and all sorts of other problems.

But God bless the internet! I did some research and we're getting on top of the problem early, so hopefully, we'll be able to get through this without medical intervention.


Michele said...

I have a sort of "one big task" a day system. Monday-Clean the girls' room, Tuesday-Clean master bedroom, Wed- clean bathrooms, Thurs-clean the bonus room, Friday-clean the kitchen. And, by clean I mean "clean", scrub, dust, whatever. Of course I pick up each day. I also hate laundry and have not found an efficient way to do it yet. I try to line dry, so I can only do a load or two a day, but then if it's not a good line dry day, I get behind.

Oh, I also have a list of monthly chores, one for each date of the month. I don't do it daily because I'm not disciplines, but I'll give you an example. The first is door handle sanitizing, the second is fan blade wiping, the third is hall closet organizing, the fourth is budget get the picture. It's nice because there are some things you don't need to do weekly. didn't out my pregnancy news. It was running rampant on facebook, and most everyone who reads my blog knew already. So, don't worry:-)

Amanda said...

I have found that strategy to work best for me as well. Except for laundry. I kind of try to just do a load each day. Plus diapers. I haven't quite figured it out, either, but I hate doing it all in one or two days. I love your idea of doorknob washing day, Michele! hahaha...

Kendra_Kendle said...

I can assure you both that I've never washed a doorknob in my life!

Amanda said...

Hahaha. Yeah, I don't know. But I do know that I have to remember to wash the stair rail. When I do remember, it's pretty disgusting. So that makes me think that the doorknobs have to be pretty bad, too. I heard one of the germiest places is your fridge handle, so I try to do that when I think of it. Also, the area around the washer (the top of it, mostly) especially after washing cloth diapers.