Some days life just overwhelms me. The kitchen is a mess from the latest meal, the family room is scattered with toys and books, the toilets need to be cleaned, clothes need to be washed and put away, animals need food and water, eggs need to be gathered and the coop needs to be cleaned. BUT most days I have it under control! As I was responding to a post the other day, I realized, that even though I have a long way to go, I have taught myself a lot about organizing, cleaning, and managing my home. What a long way I've come! I remember days my husband was ready to walk out and leave me! SO! Don't despair! If I can do it, you can too! I used to be the queen of clutter and mess!
I thought I would share a couple of tricks I use to keep myself and my home in order. The first method has to do with my laundry. Not too long ago, my daughter had company spend the night. The little girl went with Alissa as she put away her clothes for the day. Upon walking in the laundry room and seeing our system, the little girl said, "Now, that is just spoiled!" After I picked my jaw up off the floor from having a child speak to me in such a way, I thought to myself, "Oh, little lady, you'll see one day, I am very, very smart to have done such a thing. Just you wait!" :)
I started my laundry system about four years ago when my daughter was almost three. I have four mesh bags that now hang from my folding table in my laundry room. I have one bag for towels, one for cold clothes, one for warm clothes, and one for whites. At the end of the day, each person deposits his/her clothes into the proper bag according to the directions on the tag in the clothing, except for the towels and white clothes. Even Jacob knows where to put those! ;) I cannot begin to tell you how much time this saves not having to sort clothes on wash day!
|This is my folding table my husband sweetly built for me one day while|
I was at work. When he was done, he placed nails on the back side from
which we can hang the bags.
When I started the system, my daughter couldn't yet read, so I had to be creative about teaching her how to put away the clothes. As her clothes would come through the wash, I would use a permanent marker to put a "C" for cold or a "W" for warm on the tag. Through lots of practice, she learned which bag was cold and which was warm. Now, my son is also learning. He has it a little bit easier. I actually have a way to label the bags for him. This wasn't possible when Alissa was little. Now he knows to look on the label to find the letter and match it to the correct bag. I have also circled the words 'warm' and 'cold' on his labels to help him recognize the words. It turns into a great lesson on beginning sounds and sorting!
|These are the labels above my bags. Please excuse what looks |
like a mess under the table. Those are my craft supplies.
|Here, you can see the tags in his clothes.|
So, why are we sitting here chatting? We've got work to do! It is time for me to feed the pigs and chickens, water the tomatoes and peppers, water the flowers, and get supper ready! What systems do you use? I'd love to hear about them!