I have been a FlyBaby for several years and will never forget the euphoria of first finding you. I was at the end of my rope, drowning in clutter from having two kids under two and recovering from a year of illness.
Thanks to you I went from CHAOS to peace in just a few short months. I had so much joy in having people over (both planned and unannounced guests) and marveled in the feeling of being proud of my home instead of ashamed. Then we got pregnant with our third and moved to a home that was slightly newer but equal in size. We welcomed our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th babies over the following 6 years, and began homeschooling…still in a 3 bedroom home.
Needless to say things aren’t perfect here. The surface tension still gets pretty deep at times but I’m so blessed to have your constant encouragement telling me I’m not behind, that I can do anything for 15 minutes.
Laundry is a big deal here and I hope my system can help someone else. I have a small laundry room for all 8 of us but we make it work. We do 1-2 loads a day and that allows me to take Sundays off.
One thing that has helped me a ton (even when it’s backed up) is that I sort the laundry by person, not just color. Each child has a “laundry partner”. Every laundry partner group has their own hamper and an assigned day for their laundry. This way the laundry is essentially sorted by person or location BEFORE it goes into the wash.
I’m no longer running all over the house to put things away – since putting away is my least favorite step. I have 1 pair of children on M/TH, one T/F, and the baby, my hubby and I are W/Sat. (The math doesn’t add up since two kids are the same size and wear the same clothes.) Then towels, rags and sheets go in their own loads. Folding and putting away are never overwhelming or take up too much space sine I only have a few stacks no matter the load.
Once things are folded they go into dishpans that are labeled with each child’s name (stored on shelves) for them to put away. My oldest two help the younger two put theirs away.
Our laundry sure backs up but it only makes a hill, not an entire mountain range and I don’t feel overwhelmed anymore! Thank you so much for helping me break things into baby steps to bless my home and family.
It sure doesn’t feel like six children live here!
FlyLady here: Our habit for August is working on Laundry.
A load a day keeps CHAOS away! We have a great tool to help you sort as you take your clothes off.
Do you have a story or tips that will help other FlyBabies with this habit? Please send them to FlyLady@FlyLady.net with LAUNDRY in the subject line.