Monday, October 22, 2007

Monday Thoughts

Hello everyone. Had a busy weekend, coloring Allie's(14) hair (taking out highlights, AGAIN), taking Neal(12) to camp, dealing with more croup, and initiating our college-age nieces into the wonderful world of High School Musical. SO FUN (Now getcha head in the game!)!

Just a couple of Monday Thoughts:

1. Okay, it's true: I have officially become MY MOTHER.

This morning, rather that throw out that three teaspoons of peanut butter in the bottom of the jar, I hesitated. I saw MY OWN HANDS reach for the rubber scraper, and I scraped every last smudge of PB out of that jar and licked it put it into the newer jar. All this because I've failed at training my family, and folks around her love to be "the FIRST one to dig in" the new jar, even when there's at least one good half a sandwich-worth in the old jar.

I look like her, I'm built just like her, I hold her values, and now this: I CAN'T WASTE ANYTHING!

2. In between loads of laundry, I've been working on my weekly work schedule. Here's all I've been able to come up with so far:

As you can see, I am a woman of very few outside interests.

35 comments:

Kristine with a K said...

I love how you seem to do laundry
9 days a week. Me, too. Seven people produce A LOT of clothes.
I have a similar schedule.
I have a post about my laundry pile reaching epic proportions.
take Care and good luck with the chore chart.

Leslie said...

Bless you, Katherine... I have never seen that much time dedicated to laundry.

Aaannnnddd... I still love reading your blog, even if I never comment. :)

jen said...

Oh man, and I thought I spent a fairly good amount of time on laundry. :) To be fair, we only have 3 people and 2 dogs.

Anyway, I like the chore chart... but where do you fit in cleaning? Do you have specific chores that the kids do? Is that what I have to look forward to? Delegation of bathroom cleaning duties to the oldest?! SCORE!! :)

You have a great blog! Thanks for writing!

Caroline said...

My schedule used to look like this...laundry, laundry and more laundry. There are seven of us as well. We received a front load washer that was the largest machine on the market for a gift from my in-laws. We purchased the dryer to match and now I only do laundry three days a week! That's it!! T-H-R-E-E!! Next time you are in the market for a washer....take the leap. You will be amazed.

Jen said...

Laundry is invading your life. Too bad we cant all hire someone to do it for us......

Wendy said...

I think I have a lot of laundry w/3 kids, but it looks like I have no idea what a lot means! :)
Great idea to plan a schedule and make the best use of your time.

Anonymous said...

Oh Katherine! That's a lot of laundry!
Is your washer/dryer slow or not working well? Or it just the sheer volume you have?
I had a very old washer and dryer and recently bought a cabrio. I went from doing laundry 6 days a week (for a family of 5) to doing it 2 or 3 days. It's made a huge impact in my daily life (no joke!)
New technology really helps.

Thanks for sharing your schedule.I always benefit from the practical tools you share!
Jenifer

Julie said...

If I were you and I had the money I think I'd figure out if I could get a second washer and dryer. Some of those REALLY big families do it. Why not? Even if I had to put it in the garage or something. That is just a whole lot of laundry!

Family O'Foxes said...

Katherine, is your middle name: Laundry? Katherine Laundry!

I feel like I do a lot of laundry also but there is only 5 of us. Kids create too much laundry.

~Amy

Family O'Foxes said...

I posted this comment on your sisters blog...and it was meant for you also...so, here it goes->

Thanks for all your motivational post. I need them. You and your sister remind me of the bible verse Titus 2:3-5 (about teaching the younger women how to run their households). I have no clue if you older but one thing I know ...you are wiser!
~Amy

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

Ok, I am ROFL!! I totally understand the laundry quandry...my husband has been doing the laundry the past few weeks since he's been home from Iraq and he's amazed at how it NEVER seems to get done. He even mentioned cutting everyone down to two towels a week! Like that'll work...lol! Good luck with the chart...try to build in some Pamper Time for you!!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

You crack me up! That feels like my life, too, and I only have three!

Hope the croup leaves soon!

Etta said...

What I'm wondering is, when on earth are you going to do the laundry???

courtcourt said...

After seeing the post on your sister's blog, I also put together one of those schedules. I only have a two year old, so mine is actually more boring than yours! (I actually broke out my laundry to - put clothes in washer (morning), move to dryer (afternoon), fold and put away (evening), because I am THAT much of a procrastinator! I have NO clue how I would manage laundry for seven.)

Marcia said...

You AMAZE me - I think I'd go crazy with all that laundry!

Don't hate me but I only do two loads a week (it's just the two of us) and even those I hate doing :)

Organising queen and
Marcia's take charge blog

Marcia said...

Forgot to add, I don't mind any other cleaning (bathrooms, etc) but laundry is my absolute worst :)

Beck said...

Hee hee. That looks like MY life - guess what I spent yesterday doing. Now guess what I'm spending TODAY doing.

She-Ra said...

all those laundry slots made me crack up! That's how much laundry I feel like I'm doing (or not doing as it piles up all around).

thanks for making me laugh!

Rhen (yestheyareallmine) said...

Wow, you do laundry like I do. I beat the crap out of that monster everyday but he coming back for more!

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

You have no idea just how refreshing it is to see that the lsundry monster is a huge factor in someone else's EVERY DAY life. EVERY STINKIN DAY! God bless you!

Goodlikeamedicine said...

Hahaha!!

My kids are 3, 2, and 1 - so maybe mine should read,

"DIAPERS.
DIAPERS.
DIAPERS.
DIAPERS."

haha!

Love your blog and zest for God's abundant life :)

Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

Oh how funny! =) I hate those moments when I notice how much I'm becoming my mother. Not that I don't love her and respect her but come on! The very things I once thought were so uncool are actually very useful. =)

Terry said...

I can totally relate to having few outside interests as well as feeling like my real job is that of a laundromat worker. Happy laundering!

My Pink Boutique said...

LOL! Katherine, I thought I had it hard with a 3 day laundry week. I'm still working on delivery though. Doing it is easy enough. They all know how to fold and put away their clothes and yet there are those who tell me they've put their clothes away and I find them piled high atop their chest of drawers, clearly not put away. Hmmm...perhaps we're having a miscommunication on what "put away" really means?

Andrea said...

Oh, you love laundry as much as I do.....NOT.

Melody said...

I do laundry every day also. Just when I think I have it all completed I find someone that hasn't brought their laundry to be washed. The never ending cycle. Having kids in sports doesn't help either. That is an awesome chart. I need to make one like that. I can also totally relate to the scrapping incident. Too funny.

Deborah said...

Hello there! I am getting initiated to the laundry piles of a family of 7 recently! One of which is our little newborn girl. So why do I feel like my laundry pile has doubled since she was born 6 wks ago?

Also, this wonderful autumn weather we've been having has been dry, dry, dry. So when the kids come in from playing in the backyard, not only do I have filthy clothes to wash, I also have filthy kids to bathe, sometimes twice a day.

No wonder I don't feel like I'm getting anything else done. I'm not even getting the laundry DONE. Is there such a thing as being done w/ laundry?

I'm glad I read your blog. I actually thought there was something wrong w/ me because I'm not keeping up very well.

Thanks for writing. Keep up the good work.
P.S. I'm becoming like my mother, too! Hmmm.

julie said...

To bad we couldn't form a laundry club where we could talk about improtant stuff like shoes and Dancing with The Stars while we stood around folding. Man, it is really to bad you live so far away.

Jen said...

I like you schedule and how you have no exact times etc....it feels less overwhelming than mine. I need to do more laundry each day. We only have a family 5 of but I work outside the home full time and it is hard to keep up.
I was reading your post about family meals and the decrease in eating out, etc. I find even working outside of the home my family has a meal together each night. On soccer nights hubby takes the youngest to soccer and I make supper and it is waiting for them when they come home or I put something in the crock pot. It really all comes down in my opinion, to planning and especially meal planning. What a life saver!
I look forward on reading more of your blog - I stumbled across it from Organizing Junkie.

Granny said...

Katherine, it seems to me that your chart is a very good start. Now if you'd work in some time for laundry you'll have it made!

During the 2 1/2 years that we had 15 people living in our house, we went through two washers and two dryers (not to mention triple wear on carpets, walls, dishwasher, etc.)and the laundry was going about 20 hours a day. We had (and still have) pretty rigid rules about who can do laundry when...it's the only way we can keep our sanity at Granny's House!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

That is a lot of laundry!

Sherri@NoiseOverload said...

Hey, Chuck wants to know why some of the laundry is pink and some is blue. Is there significance to that?

Sherri

Laura P said...

I love this idea!! I am going to impelment it.

Rebecca said...

That cracked me up! I have 8 siblings (6 that still live at home - ages 7mos - 13years) so I can relate via my stepmom. When do you find time to scrub the toilets?? ;) Oh wait, that's what the kids are for! Have a great week! (Saw your link on Organizing Junkie)

Kat said...

You might think this is funny: My name is Katherine Laundry...for real!