A JOKE, PEOPLE!
Yes, it FEELS like I'm doing laundry all the time (it is never quite finished around here) but in reality, laundry takes me about three days. Two full days of clothes and one day of linens. That does not mean it all gets put away (we are a work in progress here) but at least it's clean. I wish I were one of those plodding, faithful folks, but I'm not. I'm one of those easily distracted people, so I need to get it done and MOVE ON to other things (how I do laundry was my very first WFMW).
I really do have a quite capable jumbo-capacity washer (now that it's fixed) and dryer. And much as I would love to justify a front-loader (I'm trying not to have washer-envy) I'm afraid a larger washer would only increase my backlog of folding. (But if anyone wants to give me one, or if some large appliance company would like me to try one out so I can blog about it (HINT, HINT), I'm game!)
Back before we had kids, laundry day was Sunday. We'd come home from church, take a nap, throw in a load, and then fold while watching the Cowboys game.
During the dark years, when the wash began its climb toward epic proportions and it became apparent that being home with kids was A JOB, I changed the day to Wednesday. It was an easy alliteration for my tired brain to remember: Wednesday Wash Day. At this point, I was too exhausted to stay awake, or too busy taking care of babies to fold during a football game.
I kept to my Wednesday Wash Day all through our homeschooling years. It worked. I had the beginning of the week to shovel out from the chaos of the weekend and to focus on school. Besides, the kids
When we put the kids in school four years ago, our schedule again had to change. I switched my laundry day to Monday, usually sneaking in a load or two Sunday night so they'd be sure to have a clean pair of jeans for the first day of school. I love Mondays to get a good start on what is a huge project for people like me who have housework ADHD and just can't ever seem to get the job finished. That way, at least by Friday, most everybody should have some clean clothes (even if they have to come to the laundry room and find them!).
So that leads us to today. For the first time ever, I am leading a class at church on Tuesday mornings. Although I LOVE my group of ladies (Hi Staci!) I am having to completely rethink my Monday laundry day. It's such a habit to get laundry started on Monday (and everybody needs their clean clothes!) but I need to do quite a bit of study and prep on Mondays, Monday night is very busy, and, well, Tuesday (my usual spill-over day) is taken up.
I suppose I should move my prep day to another day, but for now I'm working on reining myself in on Mondays. Maybe a load or two in the morning, then I get to work studying. Then I finish the rest Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday. Today is Thursday, and I'll do sheets today (I rotate beds and change half the beds every other week).
Okay, so here's my general schedule. I hate the word "schedule" because I love to think of myself as a fun, spontaneous person. However, I've learned that I have much more fun being spontaneous when my work is done (For more info on how I put my schedule together, see the original post).
Disclaimer: I wouldn't EVER want to give anyone the impression that we are a well-oiled machine around here. Some people are organized because they are good at it. I try hard to be organized because I am DESPERATE! (Remember, I am a reluctant homemaker?) Something ALWAYS goes wrong, but having a bit of a plan helps keep things from completely unraveling.
Anyway, as you can see, by Thursday, my "big" job (laundry) is mostly done, so I try to make ALL appointments (for myself and the kids) on Thursday mornings, if possible (just got back from taking Libby(9) to the orthodontist). Friday is grocery shopping, and I sometimes even meet a friend for lunch!
I'm still trying how to work in working out (how's that for alliteration?), which I did faithfully all summer. I've been an abysmal failure this fall, but, looking at the schedule, it looks like my best days will be Thursday evening and Saturday. I get my exercise pushing two grocery carts on Friday, so if I can squeeze in one more day, I should be good.
When I look at my week I try to see what "types" of meals would be best for the evening activities. Tuesdays and Fridays are our "relaxed" weeknights so I usually put more effort into cooking those meals (Friday is breakfast night), and the rest are easy-fix.
Let me know how you work on your schedules!