I’ve got a big family, and I’ve got LOTS of laundry. To give you an idea of the scale, here’s some numbers:
10. That’s how many family members live in our home right now. We have ten children; two are already married. So we’re down from our all time high of 12. That’s still a lot of people to keep in clean clothes.
18. That’s the average number of loads we do every week. That’s 78 loads per month; 936 loads per year. And that’s in a high-capacity machine. And I don’t do any small loads. I never need to, because at our house there is always enough to make a full load.
100+ is the number of times that I have been asked this question: How do you ever get all that laundry done?
So here’s my answer: I don’t. How can one, when people are constantly making clothes dirty?
I can say, though, that I sure have worked hard over the last 26 years at this mothering/laundry thing. I have been through more systems than I even care to admit.
Don’t you just love the sense of hope that surges when you think your new idea will suddenly make a seemingly insurmountable mountain disappear?
I finally figured out that my mountains of laundry will never disappear until my last child launches. My youngest is four, so I’m in this for the long haul. The real place of victory is taking dominion over the mountains instead of letting the mountains dominate me.
So here is the latest Cherry Family Laundry System. We hit on a couple of years ago and it has worked well for us. I believe it’s a keeper. Maybe it will work for you too. Or maybe it will inspire you to create your own new system. Continue reading “All the Dirt on My Big Family’s Laundry: Parenting Tip of the Week” »