Conquering “Mount Washing”?
Before we get to the everyday grind, I’ll go through some steps that have really been a game changer for our family. Are you ready?
1. Conquer your laundry cupboard.
First, remove everything from the cupboards and give them a wipe down. Take stock of what you have space wise. And have a think about where you will return items to. Then do the following:
- Discard/put aside any sheets and towels that have holes, or that the elastic has gone.
- Determine how many of each thing you REALLY need. If you are a family of 2, do you REALLY need 12 towels? Do you even own a bed the size of the sheets stored in there? I once owned double bed sheets but no double bed! Re-home or re-purpose the rest.
Now you’re ready to fold and put away everything you’ve taken out. Here’s a great video below on folding fitted sheets to get the best out of your space!
I recommend doing this annually.
2. Conquer your cleaning products
Before you return everything else to your cupboard, discard cleaning products no longer used or out of date. Ensure you do this safely! And remember that cleaning products should always be kept out of the reach of children. My littlest little person has recently worked out how to open the child safety gate so this is back on my radar! I’ve found that Kmart has these fantastic tubs (like the one below) with lids that I’ve popped the cleaning products that I do have in, and they live on the top shelf. My Enjo cloths are harmless and having them within child reach is sometimes useful!
I recommend this activity annually.
3. Conquer your wardrobe(s).
Ah, the least favourite job… even less enjoyable than folding fitted sheets! At the beginning of last season I removed all the clothes that I wouldn’t be using this season and folded them into a clear plastic tub. I labelled it and placed it into the room we affectionately call “the junk room”. Yes. This is the room that no one may enter! Although through my declutter and minimalism joirney, it has gotten better. And will continue to. Until then, lots of grace and time will fix it!
So, now do the same – when the next season comes, go through your wardrobe. Yes, it’s a quarterly activity. It will ensure that you know exactly what you have, and what needs to go. Things that no longer fit can be re-homed and those that are beyond repair need to be tossed or if it’s sentimental, perhaps make it into something that you can keep without the clutter. If you do this every season, then there will be less clothes in your wardrobe and less to sorr through to find what you actually need, further preventing re-folding of clothes.
4. Conquer your washing schedule.
When everyone knows when washing day is then they won’t expect the impossible. In our house the washing generally gets done on a Monday night, Thursday night and Saturday morning. Leaving folding for Tuesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon. That’s the ideal, but of course sometimes life happens and then it’s flexible!
5. Enlist help from the rest of your family
This is something that I fel very strongly about. I believe that we should raise children up in the way that they should go, and then they will continue in that way.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Now, NO ONE I’ve ever met is perfect. Give yourself grace, we are doing the best we can.
Enlisting children to help out with household chores is such a great way to teach. Not only do we do it together, but the best conversations are had whilst folding washing or putting away the dishes.
Finally, be flexible
Hey, life happens sometimes and throws everything out, mount washing returns! It’s ok. When this happens, sometimes we just need to suck it up and sort! Make piles of like items for each person, then fold that person’s washing in it’s entirety and put it away.
I hope this has helps with the process.
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Thanks for reading 😊
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